‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la! Being jolly is a frame of mind, but festive music and holiday-inspired books can strengthen and keep us in this happy state. Storybooks settle the spirit and expand one’s imagination. They also create a sentimental and emotional bond with the readers that can spill over year after year. But with all the video games occupying kid’s minds, books often get ignored. So, it’s nice to have a time-out to read a stack of new Christmas titles to your kids. Here are a few holiday infused storybooks that we’ve added to our collection.
5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas
Every child counts down how many more sleeps until Christmas, the most magical day of the year. The excitement, the anticipation, and the joy all bursting inside them are almost unbearable. Each night they envision all the presents under the tree and try to guess what Santa has left them. 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas shares the experience of a little boy as he eagerly awaits Christmas day. The expectation, suspense, and prospects are what fills his mind all day and all night… that is until he falls asleep. He has a list of toys he wants for Christmas that he pours over it continually and even adds to it. And, he goes over the home to ensure everything is ready for Santa and his reindeer, and it is. The story is written in a rhyming format that adds to the magic of the story. And the illustrations are beautiful, endearing, and engaging. Children can relate to and will absolutely enjoy this festive holiday story.
Claris Holiday Heist
Claris Holiday Heist is about a posh little mouse who lives in Paris, but has traveled to New York for the holiday season. The human family was going out to buy more Christmas presents for their spoiled brat, so Claris and Monsieur were going along as well. But, Claris noticed some mice that were cold and starving and it bothered her deeply. But before she could act, she has whisked away in a car. While shopping they witnessed a plethora of shopping experiences, including a man dropping off a sentimental ring for cleaning and a thieving cat who took it. So this crime-busting pair went after the thief. What an undertaking. They caught up with the bad cat and saw that he was surrounded by lots of money and jewelry he had stolen. But, he threatened to eat Claris! Oh dear, now what will she do? This enchanting story is written in a rhyming format and embellished with colorful illustrations. The pages are filled with the holiday spirit of giving and showing love to everyone. It’s a beautiful story and one that kids will enjoy reading year after year.
Ever hear the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for’? Well, that is what this story is all about. You see, Santa, even though he is hundreds of years old, thinks he looks older. He has more wrinkles, a jelly belly, body aches and he wasn’t in a good frame of mind. So, in haste, he called upon the magic of Christmas and wished he was young again. Within minutes, he was a baby again. Yikes, the elves were in distress. But, Santa Baby explained what he had done and how to get him back to normal. However, all the elves heard was goo-goo, ga-ga. What are the elves going to do? What an adventure Santa Baby puts them through. But, is Christmas going to be canceled? Does he ever get back to normal? Children will love the fun illustrations and heartwarming sentiment. It’s perfect for a holiday collection.
DC Christmas Carols: We Wish You a Harley Christmas
All the characters from the DC comics have gotten together to wish everyone a festive holiday season. They have adjusted some popular holiday songs to fit into their crime-fighting lifestyle. Each song has a title and a reference to the original song. You’ll be serenaded by Superman, Supergirl, Batman, Harley, Wonder Woman, the Joker, Rubber Boy, and many more. The illustrations are bright, bold, and filled with your favorite superheroes. We wish you a Harley Christmas, We wish you a Harley Christmas, We wish you a Harley Christmas, and a laughing New Year!
Nothing is more fitting than a Christmas tote to carry your holiday books and all your other gifts. It’s made from natural cotton, has carrying handles that you can rest on your shoulders, and measures 16 wide x 15 1/2″ tall x 5″. Happy Holidays!
Disclaimer: I received complimentary books to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.