3 Holiday Children's Books Your Toddler Will Love


Happy Hump Day, everyone!

We are just over a week out from the all too exiciting Turkey Day and it has me thinking about getting in the mood for the holidays. I absolutely love this time of year, but I have often found myself falling into the slump that accompanies trying to do too much.

I know, I know, this is a problem most moms face. We just want out kids' holidays to be magical! But, honestly, I am beginning to see that the true magic this time of year always comes when we slow down and take the time to simply enjoy being together.

Whether we are packing our Operation Christmas Child box, baking Christmas cookies, or touring the local Historic Governor's Mansion's to take in their across the decades Christmas decor (Tinsel Through Time), it is so nice to just spend time with my kiddo while not worrying about whether or not we have checked all the boxes on the holiday to-do list.

One way I love to spend simple, quality time with my son is reading. Reading is something my husband and I have both instilled on our son since he was born and I am so thankful that he will drop whatever he is doing--even playing with cars or watching Veggie Tale (which is darn near impossible)--and come sit on my lap for one of his favorite stories.

With that in mind, here are a three of my favorite holiday themed story books guaranteed to keep your toddler entertained while also giving you those oh-so-special holiday feels.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney


This story is a sweet take on the inevitable "pain" a child goes through waiting impatiently for Christmas to arrive each year. While Llama Llama anxiously counts down the days until his favorite holiday, he starts to get antsy waiting for Christmas to actually arrive. However, he is soon reminded by Llama Mama what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

"Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."


The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks by Jan and Mike Berenstain 


I love the Berenstain Bears because they are now an inter-generational storybook family. I fell in love with these books when I was a child and now I am happy to pass that love on to my own children.

In this particular book, brother and sister bear act out the first Thanksgiving and it's glorious feast. I love how the authors tie the story back to how God was able to provide for the pilgrims' needs and is a great reminder to always be thankful for the blessings we receive.


Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt


Of all of the children's books I read to my son, I think I most closely connect with the Stinky Face series. Probably because it revolves around the relationship between and mother and her curious and spunky little boy, whom she affectionately refers to as Stinky Face.

As with all of the books in this series, Stinky Face has plenty of questions for his ever patient mama when it comes to the Christmas season. What if his Christmas tree is blown away? What if his snowman follows him inside and melts? What if there is so much snow we can't open our front door?

Of course, his mama always has the perfect answer for each of his dying questions.



 

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