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November 27, 2018

Top 10 Read-Aloud Books for the Holiday Season

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    There’s no better time of year to bring your class together for story time fun and learning than the holiday season. With your students cozied up around you, eager to hear the exciting and enriching story you have on tap, they’ll remain engaged in language and literacy with every turn of the page.

    If you’re looking for a few stories and collections to engage your young readers this holiday season, these 10 books are the perfect addition to your read-aloud library!

    1. Let It Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

    With every turn of the page, students will find themselves celebrating all the wonders of winter with this snow-filled read aloud.

    2. Here Come the Holidays! Stories and Poems by multiple authors

    This collection of read alouds, with classic stories like “Zombies Don’t Make Christmas Candy” and “Harry’s Horrible Holiday Gift,” is the perfect story time pick to get students in the holiday spirit.

    3. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

    Any student will relate to this little llama’s excitement and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. They also learn that Christmas isn’t all about shopping and baking—it’s about kindness and patience, too.

    4. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

    This winter read gives students a glimpse inside the secretive world of snowmen.

    5. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

    A pipe, a scarf, two lumps of coal, branches of a tree, and of course, snow, this cold lady has an appetite for everything! With engaging sound effects and funny words, this is the perfect read aloud to get students in the winter holiday spirit.

    6. K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book by Juwanda G. Ford

    Students not only learn the ABCs, and more, of Kwanzaa, but also the importance of cultural heritage, family, and community, in this holiday read.

    7. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

    Students learn a very important lesson from this book: they can achieve big things when they work together!

    8. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

    In this holiday favorite, students learn that everyone can make a difference in the world and that cats can, indeed, save Christmas.

    9. Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani

    Looking for a fun, engaging read aloud that will help students learn about holiday traditions celebrated by cultures from around the world? This book takes students on an informative holiday journey across the globe!

    10. Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser

    In this holiday book, students learn about Hanukkah traditions — everything from potato latkes to dreidels — through the eyes of two cute bunny babies, Simon and Violet.

    Reading books and stories aloud to students isn’t just a great way to get students in the holiday spirit. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to show off the power of language and literacy, and with that, instill a love of reading that will last through the holiday season and beyond!

     

    There’s no better time of year to bring your class together for story time fun and learning than the holiday season. With your students cozied up around you, eager to hear the exciting and enriching story you have on tap, they’ll remain engaged in language and literacy with every turn of the page.

    If you’re looking for a few stories and collections to engage your young readers this holiday season, these 10 books are the perfect addition to your read-aloud library!

    1. Let It Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

    With every turn of the page, students will find themselves celebrating all the wonders of winter with this snow-filled read aloud.

    2. Here Come the Holidays! Stories and Poems by multiple authors

    This collection of read alouds, with classic stories like “Zombies Don’t Make Christmas Candy” and “Harry’s Horrible Holiday Gift,” is the perfect story time pick to get students in the holiday spirit.

    3. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

    Any student will relate to this little llama’s excitement and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. They also learn that Christmas isn’t all about shopping and baking—it’s about kindness and patience, too.

    4. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

    This winter read gives students a glimpse inside the secretive world of snowmen.

    5. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

    A pipe, a scarf, two lumps of coal, branches of a tree, and of course, snow, this cold lady has an appetite for everything! With engaging sound effects and funny words, this is the perfect read aloud to get students in the winter holiday spirit.

    6. K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book by Juwanda G. Ford

    Students not only learn the ABCs, and more, of Kwanzaa, but also the importance of cultural heritage, family, and community, in this holiday read.

    7. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

    Students learn a very important lesson from this book: they can achieve big things when they work together!

    8. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

    In this holiday favorite, students learn that everyone can make a difference in the world and that cats can, indeed, save Christmas.

    9. Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani

    Looking for a fun, engaging read aloud that will help students learn about holiday traditions celebrated by cultures from around the world? This book takes students on an informative holiday journey across the globe!

    10. Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser

    In this holiday book, students learn about Hanukkah traditions — everything from potato latkes to dreidels — through the eyes of two cute bunny babies, Simon and Violet.

    Reading books and stories aloud to students isn’t just a great way to get students in the holiday spirit. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to show off the power of language and literacy, and with that, instill a love of reading that will last through the holiday season and beyond!

     

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