Both of my kids still do bedtime stories, and if we're being perfectly honest, I do too. Something about being curled up in bed and reading just seems like the perfect way to end the day.
And this time of year, seasonal reading arms very appropriate. I can't wait to get my hands on Hiddensee, Gregory Maguire's take on the nutcracker story.
Until then, here are some favorites we're sharing in our home!
For the little guys:
The Hanukah Bear - I love this story of the best that wakes up from his hibernation and follows the scent of latkes. Because I would do the same thing.
The Night Before Christmas - It's a classic for a reason. I mean, it gives us the iconic image of Santa.
Just Enough Is Plenty - A family in a Polish shtetle find a way to make their latkes stretch to feed the mysterious stranger who shows up on their doorstep the first night of Chanukah.
The Polar Express - On the cusp of believing? Take a ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole!
Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah - a good introduction to the Hanukkah celebration. Plus Clifford saves the day, as usual.
For the slightly older:
The Latke Who Wouldn't Stop Screamed - I can't help it. I love Lemony Snicket.
A Christmas Carol - the original Christmas ghost story. I still remember reading it in school!
A Little Princess- Technically not a Christmas story, but since the Christmas scene is so magical, I think it counts.
For the kids at heart:
The Gift of the Magi - This introduced and sparked my love for O. Henry. It's a classic Christmas story, so sweet, and bittersweet.
Matchless - I love the story of The Little Match Girl. Even though it makes me cry. Gregory Maguire is wonderful at yakking classic stories and retelling them. This is no different. And the retelling still makes me cry.