As the weather gets cooler and days become shorter, the holiday season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to spend with family and friends, give back to others, and spread happiness and cheer to all. The following holiday children’s book recommendations will allow everybody to get into the holiday spirit.

The Night Tree by Eve Bunting

Every year, a family visits their favorite tree in a forest to decorate with unique and whimsical decorations. They dress it with fruit, popcorn, and seeds to make it beautiful while also feeding the animals that live in the forest.  The growth of the tree mirrors the growth of the family, and they never leave the tree without hugging it first. Bunting’s beautifully illustrated book depicts the importance of family traditions and coming together for the holidays.

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

According to this book, you need a lot more than just snow to build a snowman. A group of children in a snowy village come together to assemble a larger than life snowman made with a plethora of supplies. This children’s book emphasizes how accomplishments of great proportions can be achieved by working together and embodying a sense of community.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

This magical book is all about the importance of hope. One winter night, a young girl and her father went on a stroll in the woods in search of an owl.   While they do not know whether or not they will find an owl, they give each other hope in their silent companionship. The pair connects with nature and each other in this story full of hope.

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear

Charles is on the hunt for a wish tree and nothing is getting in his way, not even his brother and sister telling him that it doesn’t exist. He and his trusted sled, Boggan, depart on a journey into the woods. The pair stop frequently to help animals they encounter along the way, whether it’s to make food or build a shelter. In return, the animals lead him to the Wish Tree. This heart-warming story portrays the spirit of giving and the benefits it holds.

You can embody the spirit of giving by reading with elementary students through volunteering with Education Connection. Our goal is to have every child reading by the end of 3rd grade. If you want to learn more about volunteering with us, please click here: https://education-connection.org/literacy-partner-mentor/