I have always been a fan of giving books as a holiday gift, there is just something magical about getting lost in the story a book contains and seeing the world through its character’s eyes. Now that I am an aunt for the first time, I would like to share the same magical adventures with my brother’s son and maybe one day my own child.
Waltz Of The Snowflakes- picture book about The Nutcracker
By: Elly MacKay
This is probably one of my favorite Christmas books to come out this year. The story takes place on a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet. The little girl is reluctant to go because of bad weather, but decided to go anyway.
For most of us that remember seeing the Nutcracker as a child, this book might feel a bit nostalgic at times because of the detail of the images. We go on this journey with the little girl and experience it through her eyes when the curtains rise.
It should be noted that this beautifully illustrated book is without words, but in this case it really doesn’t matter because the pictures tell a beautiful story that is just as much about her bond with her grandmother as it is about seeing the Nutcracker for the first time.
Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas– a Sesame Christmas picture book, starring Elmo
By: Geri Cole, Tom Brannon
This book is a classic that is an adaptation of Sesame Street’s first Christmas special that aired more than 30 years ago. The new adaptation features beloved characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and shares the important message of kindness.
The story takes place the night before Christmas, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmoster, back when Sesame Street was a very different place and why everyone was so grouchy that even Santa was unwilling to visit. With help from his friends, Elmo will bring kindness, holiday cheer, and the spirit of Christmas back to Sesame Street.
The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus
By: L. Frank Baum and Illustrated by Charles Santore
As a classic, this book answers the important question where did Santa Claus come from to his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world’s children. This book is beautifully illustrated and is mesmerizing to any child or adult who reads it.
Courtesy Images: Running Press Kids
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