The holiday season is a perfect time for slowing down and enjoying a good story with your kids. Here are three great holiday books:


Over the River and Through the WoodOver the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day

By Lydia Maria Child and Illustrated by Matt Tavares

This beloved classic is back in an edition featuring new illustrations that really bring to life olden-day New England and the story of one family traveling by horse-drawn sleigh on a blustery day to visit Grandfather for the Thanksgiving holiday. The original rhyming verse is still engaging  today for even the most modern of kids. $16.99; ages 3-8.


The Smallest Gift of ChristmasThe Smallest Gift of Christmas

Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

This heartwarming Christmas story (from the creator of The Dot and Ish) follows young Roland from his initial discovery on Christmas Day of a teeny-tiny present to his realization that the smallest of gifts are also so much more in a story that is a perfect and subtle reminder of what the real gifts of the holiday season really are. $14.00, ages 3-7.


The Lucky CakeThe Lucky Cake

Written by New Anna Prokos and Illustrated by Christina Tsevis

This story shares the traditions of Greek New Year, especially about the special cake, Vasilopita. which is eaten on New Year's Day. Billy and his brothers all hope to get the piece of cake which contains the lucky golden coin. Also included at the end of the book is a recipe so readers can make their own Vasilopita cake. $10.95, ages 4-10.


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What's your favorite holiday book? Comment below!