The Best Holiday Books to Read With Kids

Maybe it’s because my parents were educators, but when I was growing up, holiday gift-giving always meant books — a tradition I’m happy to carry on with my own kids. Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a collection that now figures prominently in our holiday decorating: We have everything from Madeline and Biscuit to a beautiful copy of The Gift of the Magi and most of Eric Kimmel’s titles. A great thing about books as gifts? They don’t come in the wrong size or color. 

Are there some classics, such as The Polar ExpressThe Grinch Who Stole ChristmasA Visit from St. Nicholas (also known as The Night Before Christmas) or even Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins that many already know, love and probably own? Of course. But if you dig a little for a unique choice, your recipient will be less likely to have one just like it — and more likely to be thrilled by the new tale.

And there are beautiful, unique books out there for every fall-winter celebration, from Diwali to Kwanzaa. So, in honor of the many festivities that the season includes, here are a few of the best kids’ books — that you might not have heard of yet — to go with them.