Nicole Says… Read These Books to the Kids!

By Nicole McManus

Nicole Says… Read These Books to the Kids!
Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki and Illustrated by Ivan Gantschev
Santa’s Favorite Story
by Hisako Aoki and Illustrated by Ivan Gantschev

Santa grew tired during a walk in the woods and stopped to take a nap. The woodland creatures saw him and thought Christmas was arriving early. As word spread through the forest, they excitedly gathered around sleeping Santa, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, he told them the story of the birth of Christ on the very first Christmas. After the story, the animals accompany Santa to the North Pole to help him get ready for Christmas. Santa teaches everyone about the best present of all.

This book is beautifully illustrated and the wide pages make it easy for everyone to see as they snuggle up as a family. The birth of Christ is told from the perspective of the shepherds as they follow the Star of Bethlehem. Santa’s Favorite Story is a short, cute book to share with little ones and remind them of how Christmas came to be.


Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Great Joy
by Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Frances is an angel in the church’s Christmas play with a very important line to say. In the days leading up to the play, she sees an older man with a monkey on the street corner. When Frances discovers that they are homeless, she tries to get her mom to invite them to dinner. However, her mom will not allow strangers to enter her home, which leads Frances to invite him to her church play.

In this day and age, it seems many adults are too busy to help, but this sweet child knows the importance of lending a hand. Although the sad, older man’s story is never shared, readers get a beautiful ending, thanks to the incredible last picture. The glorious illustrations bring to life a previous decade, set in a mystical winter, where anything can happen.

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 ariesgrlreview.com.

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