Winter will be here in a week and so will our Virtual Art Show to benefit Team Seas! I can't wait to share all the amazing artwork w...

31 Days of Holiday Read Alouds - Week 3


Winter will be here in a week and so will our Virtual Art Show to benefit Team Seas! I can't wait to share all the amazing artwork with you all! But first, books for week 3!

Note: You can download a calendar with all the books for the month at the bottom of this page. I looked for books that were awesome and also easily accessible - I'm pretty sure I found all but one as read alouds on YouTube and, all books are available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailers, and I was able to find most of them at my public library.

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1. "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian

"Snowflake Bentley" tells the story of Wilson Bentley, a man who lived over 100 years ago and whose passion it was to observe and learn about snowflakes. He was the first person to ever photograph a single snow crystal! He was a pioneer in the field of photomicrography and photographed over 5000 snowflakes during his life - and never found two that looked the same!

2. "The Night of Las Posadas" by Tomie dePaola

Las Posadas are a Mexican celebration of the Christmas story taking place the evenings of December 16-24. The celebrations commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph and their search for an inn (the word posada means inn) and involves people reenacting the search and finally being admitted - there are also food and drinks and music and piƱatas involved!

3. "The Tomten" by Astrid Lindgren

The tomte (singular of tomten) is a character in Scandanavian folklore. He is a little gnome-like creature who looks after the animals of a farm during the winter. He does his work at night and is unseen by people. "The Tomten" is a beautiful story introducing us all to this adorable little guy.

4. "Gingerbread Christmas" by Jan Brett

Jan Brett has so many wonderful holiday and wintery I just had to include a few on this list! In "Gingerbread Baby," we are introduced to Matti and the gingerbread baby he saves from getting eaten by hungry townsfolk and animals. In "Gingerbread Friends" Matti creates a special surprise for Gingerbread Baby, who is longing for some friends. And finally, in "Gingerbread Christmas," Matti brings all the gingerbread friends - who have now formed a band - to perform at the Christmas festival. But what will happen once all the children start smelling the delicious gingerbread and their tummies begin to rumble??

I told you! Jan Brett has so many cute books! This is a Scandanavian tale about a family whose house was plagued with trolls every Christmas Eve. They would find their way into the house and eat up their feast! But this year, a boy and his ice bear are traveling to Oslo and stop by the house, looking for a warm place to stop. What will happen when the trolls show up and find an ice bear waiting??

6. "Night Tree" by Eve Bunting and Ted Rand

We LOVE this story! Read along as a family takes a moonlit trip into the woods to find a tree to decorate with popcorn, fruits, and seeds for the wildlife. It has inspired us to make our own edible ornaments for trees in our yard for our backyard friends.

7. "A Coyote Solstice Tale" by Thomas King and Gary Clement

"A Coyote Solstice Tale" is a Native American story about trickster Coyote who is having his friends over for a solstice party and is surprised to find a girl knocking on his door! She leads the animals to where she came from - a mall! See what happens when this group of forest animals discovers experiences the overwhelming store full of people and noise and...stuff!

If you want to keep track of which books you've read and look ahead to the rest of the month, download our printable Holiday Read Aloud Calendar - December 2021. And if you're looking for some fun activities to do as a family this month, check out the Holiday Activity Calendar.

I hope you and your family have lots of cozy cuddly story time this holiday season!

31 Days of Holiday Read Alouds:
31 Days of Holiday Read Alouds: