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Holiday books for kids

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The gift of reading

Books are always a great gift for kids. During the holiday season, give them books about holiday traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stories.

Christmas Mouse

Christmas Mouse

Christmas Mouse (Paper Hat Press, $32) is a 26-page, hardcover book that you can customize with your child's name, skin tone and hair color. You can even add family members to the stockings and ornaments in the book. Each book comes wrapped in a special craft paper that can be folded into a paper hat for even more fun. The book even comes with a personalized ornament for your child.

Ride the Holiday Train

Ride the Holiday Train

If your kids love to watch Dinosaur Train, they'll adore this holiday flap book. Kids travel on the holiday train to the North Pole where the Pteranodon family has the chance to build snow dinosaurs, play a prehistoric game of ice hockey, and meet some new friends. In Dinosaur Train: Ride the Holiday Train (Amazon Prime, $10), over 45 flaps hide fun surprises that kids will want to find again and again.

Ollie and Taavi Celebrate the Holidays

Ollie and Taavi

This children's book by Ellen Press would make a cute gift this holiday season. The delightful picture book was written for young Jewish children and anyone learning about different faiths. Ollie and Taavi Celebrate the Holidays (Amazon Prime, $10) is the story of two adorable dogs that take the reader through the year of Jewish holidays. From lighting the candles for Shabbat to playing dreidel on Hanukkah, kids will love reading about the two furry friends.

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Clause

Sisters Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Susie Schick-Pierce, along with Jeannie’s daughter Muffin Drake are the wonderful creative team behind A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus (Walmart, $14). When Santa gets the flu, it's up to Mrs. Claus to come through and save the day. Kids will love reading this beautifully and whimsically illustrated book to find out if Mrs. Claus can get everything done in the nick of time to save Christmas.

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

If you are looking for a beautiful book about the birth of Jesus, The Christmas Story (Amazon Prime, $4) is the answer. This book, geared toward kids ages 3 and up, is highly rated by parents and very well received by young children. Though the cover of the book has changed over the years, the story and the illustrations inside are the same ones you may remember from your own childhood.

Seven Spools of Thread

Seven Spools of Thread

This book for young kids tells the story of seven bickering brothers in an African village, who must work together to figure out how to make gold out of seven spools of thread by sundown or they will become beggars. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Walmart, $5) is a fun, clever tale that illustrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa and teaches children valuable life lessons.

Check out our holiday gift guide for the whole family >>

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Happy interfaith holidays
Christmas traditions around the world

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