Nicole Says… Read These Books With Your Kids

By Nicole McManus

Growing up, we all remember reading the classic Christmas tales: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express, and even Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Chances are we still have a copy of each of these books, so if you are looking for something new or different to give the little readers this holiday season, try these three.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Jingle Bells
by Anna Dewdney (Age Range: 0-3)

This board book is perfect for the youngest of readers. Llama Llama Jingle Bells was just released and is the latest in the popular series. A cute, rhythmic story line accompanies adorable pictures of the Llama family celebrating various Christmas traditions. Plus, the thicker pages of the board book are durable enough to withstand the curiosity of babies.

Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera
Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas
by Elise Primavera (Age Range: 4-7)

This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately behaves badly in order to get on the “Bad Boys and Girls List” to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas, and he must go on a journey to learn that belief is the key to the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning, and this story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.

Magic Tree House Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osbourne
Magic Tree House Christmas in Camelot
by Mary Pope Osbourne (Age Range: 7-9)

The Magic Tree House is a popular series for elementary school aged children. In this Christmas story, Annie and Jack have been mysteriously invited to Camelot to celebrate Christmas. However, when they get there, Camelot is under a dark, miserable spell. It is up to Annie and Jack to go on a quest to find imagination and bring joy back to the kingdom. This is a fascinating story with easy to read sentences, ideal for kids who are transitioning into chapter books. There are a few black and white pictures to accompany the fast-paced story. This book will surely spark children’s imaginations.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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