The greatest stories of the season
The Night Before Christmas This enduring classic is Do you remember your parents reading you a beloved holiday story? If you are on the lookout for a great book to share with your family this year, try one of these festive favourites and classics, recommended by Robin Tameshtit, director of kids and teen print at Indigo. Elf On The Shelf This fun Christmas advent game and story will help build holiday excitement. It’s become an instant favourite with a dedicated fan following and loads of Christmas magic. (Carol Aebersold, $34.99, Zibbers Inc.). How The Grinch Stole Christmas This perennial classic is fantastic to read aloud and has a heartwarming holiday message about the affects the Christmas spirit can have on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. (Dr. Seuss, $18.99, Random House of Canada). brought to life by the signature plasticine art of Canadian favourite Barbara Reid. A perfectly adorable take on the Christmas Eve tale. (Clement Moore, $19.99, Scholastic Book Services). Scaredy Squirrel Prepares For Christmas A quirky, fun-filled guide of practical tips and nutty stepby-step instructions to help readers prepare for Christ- mas — being prepared is so much fun with the adorable Scaredy Squirrel. (Melanie Watt, $18.95, University of Toronto Press). Olivia Helps With Christmas The fabulous, dramatic piglet is back and ready to help out with the holidays in the way only this adorable pig can. Sure to bring about giggling and holiday cheer in this board book edition. (Ian Falconer, $9.99, Simon & Schuster Canada). Polar Express Winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal, it’s the story of a boy’s magical train ride to the north pole on Christmas Eve to receive a special gift from Santa. A guaranteed holiday favourite. (Chris Van Allsburg, $23.95, Allen & Son Ltd.).
Thomas Night Before Christmas — 10th Anniversary This loved Christmas classic poem comes to life in this perfect edition that you will read with your family year after year. Includes stunning illustrations by Christian Birmingham. (Clement C. Moore, $11.50, Perseus Distribution). A Canadian version of the 12 Days of Christmas, complete with fun rhymes and adorable illustrations. The deluxe box set comes with an adorably huggable plush porcupine. (Helaine Becker, $24.99, Scholastic Book Services). That’s Not My Snowman Delightfully wintery, this board book is great for the littlest revellers. Combines colourful illustrations with a variety of different textures to touch and feel. (F. Watt, $11.95, Penguin Canada Books Inc.).
Gather the family around the tree and a fire and read some classic holiday tales to create memorable moments.