5 Fun Holiday Books

December 15, 2017

Winter is almost here and it’s well into December which means we’ve been breaking out the holiday books! It really does help the kids understand themes, seasons and holiday season traditions. They’re also special since we only have them out a few months of the year.

Here’s a quick list of five books that are in our holiday book rotation that have proven to be the favorites so far this year.

Fa-La-La by Leslie Patricelli

You’ve probably seen books by this author on my other book lists, but we just love them so much! There seems to be one for every holiday/activity/growing pain that my toddler is experiencing so it’s fun to incorporate a familiar thing he recognizes. It’s a great book for general holiday vocab and sights.




Olive the Other Reindeer

by J. Otto Siebold & Vivian Walsh

I had never heard of this book until I saw it in a book fair flyer last year. It looked cute so I bought it and it’s been a hit every since. Olive is a dog who think she’s a reindeer and travels to the North Pole to help Santa.



Dream Snow by Eric Carle

This is a new one to our collection this year. I had never heard of it and saw it on Amazon and loved the beautiful illustrations and the story of a farmer who resembles Santa (and the author) is cute too.




Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

This is a fun lift-the-flap book showing Santa trying to find the perfect gift. We’re just getting the hang of lift-the-flap etiquette (gently looking rather than ripping off) so this has been a big hit this year with my little guy.




Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

This is another brand new book for us — I just picked it up at the book fair a couple weeks ago. I have a friend who has pugs so I it caught my eye. Pig is a mischievous pug who goes on a wild adventure after he stays up late to catch Santa.




What are some of your family’s favorite holiday books?

I hope you find some new favorites and have a great holiday with your family!


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  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    They all sound like wonderful stories!

  • Reply Jen December 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

    We love Olive the Reindeer! I have to check out Pig the Elf…how cute!!

    • Reply Marie December 18, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      He is cute, Iโ€™m hoping to get more in this series.

  • Reply Jaimi December 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations! We have a stash of Christmas books but not read any of these – I’ll reserve them now at the library ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Marie December 18, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply Lila December 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    So cute! I feel like all we had when I was little was The Night Before Christmas. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Marie December 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I agree, thereโ€™s so many adorable books now for every holiday/season, etc.

  • Reply Lyndsey December 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I haven’t read any of these. I will be going to our local library to see if I can check them out. They look super cute and I think my kids would like them.

    • Reply Marie December 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Awesome! They are great little books, hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries December 19, 2017 at 12:58 am

    My daughter loves Olive, The Other Reindeer. It’s so cute and fun – definitely one of our favorites!

  • Reply Jennifer Corter December 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Olive The Other Reindeer sounds like such a cute book! My son would love all of these!

  • Reply Katie Braswell December 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Super fun! We love adding books to our collection! We have a special basket for each season! I’ll have to check these out for my boys! <3 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy December 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Those books all look so fun! I’ve read the Eric Carle one before, so much fun!

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