During the Christmas season it has become a tradition in our home that when school is out for the season we read Christmas stories in the evening. Thanks to Scholastic we have some more options this holiday season that have become fast favorites!
Many of us are familiar with the stories of Robert Munsch when we were growing up. And now he has a new Christmas book about a girl who needs to find her Christmas presents and gets more that she bargained for when she finds them. The parents end up confusing the little girl with the other presents and fight over who should get her. The Illustrations by Michael Martchenko are of true Robert Munsch style and are very pleasant to look at. Our girls can’t get through the book without giggles and a lot of laughs, I must admit that this is one of my favorite Robert Munsch books too!
Another future hit in our home is all about a Christmas time creature…Dinosaurs. Well our girls think that and that is true with the book How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen. In this story “tail” it talks about how some Dinosaurs are just like children when it comes to busyness and anticipation of the coming of Saint Nic. They help decorate and eat the cookies. They go to bed and rip open presents just like any other child. I see the book helping children normalize their feelings when it comes to the holiday season. And the illustrations of Mark Teague really bring this book together.
And for all you Hebrew families out their Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have not forgotten you. The book How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah follows the same story idea as How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas. Everything from the Dreidels to his Latkes to the Candlelight Prayer is mentioned leading up to all eight nights.
Scholastic has several good Christmas books out their for your holiday traditions. I’m sure they will become fast holiday favorites in your home, just like they have in ours!