Learn about Elf Life with Memoirs of an Elf!

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learn-about-elf-life-with-memoirs-of-an-elfMemoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian follows three elves – Spark, Bobbin and Nutshell – as they help Santa prepare for Christmas Eve and deliver presents all over the world. However, when a stowaway in Santa’s bag makes his way back to the North Pole, they must find a way to save Christmas for one family.

Holiday Giggles with The Grinch!

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holiday-giggles-with-the-grinchHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss is a holiday classic which has been shared among families for many years because of the entertaining delivery of it’s simple message – Christmas is about more than gifts. After stealing the Who’s Christmas gifts, the Grinch discovers that without trees, presents, wreaths, and their feast, the residents of Who-ville still have holiday spirit. In today’s society, this message is even more important as Christmas decorations appear in the stores earlier, and shops open for sales on Thanksgiving Day. Use this classic story about the Grinch and the lesson he learns about Christmas to teach your kids and get them into the spirit of the season!

Christmas Bucket List

christmas-bucket-list-graphicThe holiday season is full of opportunities for family, friends, food and fun. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there are many fun activities that you can partake in at this time of year to build memories and have fun as a family. There are a wide variety of wonderful Christmas books to read together, and many of the activities in this list can be paired with family favorites. Add your own events and traditions to create a memorable holiday with your family!

Elf Fun with the Little Christmas Elf!

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elf-fun-with-the-little-christmas-elfThe Little Christmas Elf by Nikki Shannon Smith tells the story of Nina, the smallest elf in Santa’s workshop. It’s Nina’s first chance to make toys, so she spends all day trying to finish her teddy bear. She isn’t able to finish the bear in time, but Santa urges her not to give up. In a sweet ending to the story, her hard work pays off. Besides being a fun story, this book gives parents the opportunity to talk to their kids about perseverance and the idea that everyone, big or small can make a difference! Elves are so much fun to read about, and they can give kids a chance to have fun and learn as well!

Hanukkah Board Books For The Littlest Bookworms

best-hanukkah-board-booksAs Hanukkah approaches, don’t forget to include the youngest readers in your family! There are so many great Hanukkah board books to introduce kids to all of the traditions and fun of the holiday. Familiar characters including Elmo and Curious George celebrate the holiday with their friends while interactive lift the flap books entertain the youngest of readers.  Below is a list of great board books to introduce young infants and toddlers to traditions ranging from playing with dreidels to lighting the menorah. (This post contains affiliate links. In order to support this blog and continue providing free content, I may receive a commission from purchases you make through the links in this post).

Games & Fun with the Gingerbread Baby!

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gingerbread-babyGingerbread Baby by Jan Brett tells the story of Matti, a little boy who opens the oven too early while making gingerbread men. A gingerbread baby pops out of the oven and leads Matti’s parents and a slew of other characters on a chase. Jan Brett’s twist on the traditional story of the gingerbread man provides kids with a sweeter ending. Her beautiful illustrations of the Swiss mountains are detailed and colorful and will keep kids entertained as they follow the little cookie’s escape. There are so many wonderful ways to use gingerbread to bring this story to life!

Best Christmas Board Books

best-christmas-board-booksDon’t forget the little ones when you are buying your holiday books! There are a wide variety of wonderful Christmas board books for babies and toddlers to enjoy during the holiday season. From touch and feel interactive books to sweet stories introducing them to traditions and symbols, you are sure to find something for your child! While several of the classic Christmas stories are also available in board book formats, I tried to keep this post to mostly books aimed at very young children. (This post contains affiliate links. In order to support this blog and continue providing free content, I may receive a commission from purchases you make through the links in this post).

Ride into the Holidays with the Polar Express!

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polar-expressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a Christmas classic and a personal favorite of mine. It tells the story of a young boy who isn’t quite sure if he still believes in Santa, until he sees a mysterious train appear on his street on Christmas Eve. He jumps aboard the Polar Express and learns about the spirit of Christmas. This is a great story to share with kids around the holidays and remind them to believe in the magic of Christmas. The story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations which will draw kids into the North Pole. There are many ways to make the magic of this story come to life while also embracing learning opportunities.

Bringing Joy Back to the Holidays!

Stress Free HolidaysDo you remember the joy and wonder you experienced as a child during the holiday season? From Halloween straight through New Years, your days were probably full of songs, games, gifts, food and parties. As we get older, we start to feel some of that magic fade away. We rack up the bills buying gifts, baking supplies, tickets to holiday shows, and more. We stress ourselves to the limit making travel plans, planning parties and making sure that we get every minute filled with holiday fun to try to get back some of that joy we felt as kids. Does overbuying and overplanning really bring back the joy?

Celebrating The Night Before Thanksgiving

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celebrating-the-night-before-thanksgivingThe Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing tells the story of a family preparing for Thanksgiving Day. As the parents prepare the food, the kids help to get the home ready. When the holiday arrives, they spend the day enjoying delicious food and fun games with their family. This is a great rhyming read aloud to get kids excited for all of the traditions of Thanksgiving! There are many activities that you can easily do with this book to further the learning and get your family ready for turkey day!