Looking for some new books to read out loud to your students (or perhaps your own children)? You’ve come to the right corner of the blog-o-sphere. These books were all suggested by teachers from my Facebook page. Click on the title or the image to for more information on Amazon.
-Lori Lagro Butler
-Kathy Roehrig Caraynoff
-Stephanie Helgerson Corley
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
“I always read The Polar Express and then have another teacher ‘hide’ a silver bell in their desk while we are out at recess or lunch; somewhere when I am with the kids, so they don’t know I planted them…..LOL.”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess
“I love the approach he takes with what it means to be giving and that when someone believes in you, anything is possible!”
-Candance Brannen Plymel
-Gina Moretto Wright
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
“I LOVE the story A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree. It’s about a Christmas tree that is too old to be picked/cut down, and he just wishes he was someone’s special tree for Christmas. The animals that live in his tree hear this and decide to decorate him and show him that he IS special to them.”
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
“To me it is so poetic and simply profound. I have yet to use it with students, though. I have read it to my daughter (now 4 3/4) the last two Christmas Eves, and I get choked up each time.”
“I love to read The Christmas Magic. I love the story, and the illustrations are amazing.”
-Tonya Ballew Dye
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
“It’s a story about an ‘unruly’ family, the Herdmans, that collide with the yearly pageant head on. It’s funny and touching. I just learned there is a picture book version, as well. My other VERY favorite is The Polar Express.”
-Nancy Loberg Reinhiller
-Leah Anne Neidert Fisher
There is also a picture book version of this wonderful classic.
-Deborah Hughes Freeman
“Awesome to make those believe to believe even more and those non-believers cross back to the believers’ side. So awesome! I usually ask for a secret poll on a card of who believes before I read and then again after I read. I always get about 50-50 to start and way more believers after.”
Prancer by Stephen Cosgrove Taylor
“I love all of the above but also use Prancer. The kids predict if it is really Santa’s reindeer or not, vocabulary, persuasive writing – she writes a letter to Santa that is published in the newspaper that helps get the whole town believing – and, of course, we compare and contrast the movie to the book. I like it because most of the kids have never heard of it, unlike Polar Express or The Grinch.”
-Robin Runnels Muse
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
“I love the book Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini – I teach it with problem/solution or story elements since the moose has to ALWAYS solve a problem in all her books. :)”
Note: This looks like a great book but seems to be out of print. Copies on Amazon are expensive, but you could try your local library.
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
-Shelly Gehring Gervase
You can also get Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Buehner.
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
“So cute and so true! Too much before the holidays causes lots of drama!”
Other suggestions include:
Welcome Comfort by Patricia Palacco
The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate by Janice Cohn
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story by Berkeley Breathed
Is your favorite missing from this list? Please tell us what it is with a comment.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2012 and has been recently updated and revamped.