Looking for a cozy read-aloud for the Christmas season? I have some ideas! Even though the month of December is inherently busy, there’s no better time to read aloud to your children. I find that reading aloud calms and connects our family more than just about anything else… and we need more of that around Christmas.
You truly can't go wrong with any of these picks! They are deeply meaningful, heartwarming books.
A Christmas Carol
For slightly older children, this is a must-read classic. This beautifully illustrated version of the book also includes The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, which we plan to read for the first time this year.
A Tree for peter
This is a short, classic novel that can be read in a few sittings. It's the story of Peter, a young boy who lives in a shantytown, who is visited by a mysterious friend bearing the gift of a small tree and spade. This is a feel-good story that inspires hope and faith and one I would (and do) happily read every year.
Nancy and plum
This is by the author who wrote the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series, so I knew we'd be fans! This is the story of two orphaned sisters left alone over Christmas at their boarding school. They hatch a plan to never spend Christmas at Mrs. Monday's school again, and the story has the most heartwarming ending.
The Family Under the Bridge
This is the story of Armand, a homeless man who lives on the streets of Paris. One day, he comes back to his spot under the bridge to find a family of three small, hungry children. He makes it his mission to find them a real home. This one awakens empathy in children and I couldn't be more grateful for that.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Perhaps this one is too obvious, but if you haven't read it before, now is a great time (especially by a cozy fire)! It would also be fun to watch the film adaptation after reading it.