Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away, so it’s time to think about getting into the holiday spirit. And for me, one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to read something festive. So, today, I’m going to recommend 6 books to get you into the holiday spirit.
1- Baby/Board Book
That’s Not my Reindeer from Usborne Books is a touch-and-feel book with different tactile textures on each page. If you aren’t into reindeer, you can also pick up That’s Not My Elf, That’s Not My Snowman, or That’s Not My Santa. My tiny human has 2 versions of this book already – That’s Not my Duck and That’s Not My Fox. At 8-months-old Mildred has no attention span, but she loves playing with these books. She can easily grasp the pages, enjoying touching all the fuzzy bits, and they seem to be holding up well to her chewing.
2- YA Fiction
Landline by Rainbow Rowell follows a TV writer named Georgie as her marriage falls apart and she discovers an old phone that has the ability to call the past. If she isn’t going crazy, that phone might just help her rediscover herself and fix her marriage. While Christmas isn’t the main focus of the novel, the events of the story take place just before the holiday, and can’t help but be tied up in themes of the season. This is a great read if you’re in the mood for a romance, or something just a little different than your regular holiday read.
Hogfather is a fantasy novel set in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld featuring both the anthropomorphized personification of Death and Discworld’s version of Santa Claus, the Hogfather, who grants children’s wishes on Hogswatch Night. On a higher level, Hogfather can be said to be
about the nature of belief, in particular that people need to believe in small fantasies, such as Hogfathers and Tooth Fairies, in order to believe in larger ones, such as justice and hope.
Like all Pratchett novels, the book is nothing, if not entertaining, so it’s the perfect holiday read if you’re looking for something funny and a little weird.
A Cup of Christmas Tea is a poem by Tom Hegg which has been turned into a beautiful book that I have fond memories of reading at Christmas-time. It’s the tale of a young man who reluctantly visits his elderly aunt at Christmas and the unexpected happiness it brings. While the book is currently out of print, it does appear that Amazon still has some copies.
5- Holiday Classic
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a holiday classic if there ever was one. This story about the importance of holding onto belief starts late on Christmas Eve when a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When the boy arrives, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness, which turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.
One of the reasons that I think this book has become such a classic is its gorgeous illustrations, which are perfect for keeping even the most wiggly of young children captivated – for a while at least.
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie is a cozy little mystery novel featuring her famous private detective, Hercule Poirot. It’s a classic who-done-it that will have you guessing until the end. I love Agatha Christie’s novels. I read many of them when I was younger- thanks to the collection my grandmother had. I find it nice to take a trip back to an old beloved character now and then, and Christmas seems like the perfect excuse. If you’ve never read something by Christie, use the holidays as an excuse to pick up one of her books set during the season. I think you’ll enjoy it.