The holidays are coming, and the kids are bouncing off the walls with gingerbread-induced excitement. Calm over-stimulated bodies—and fill those extra winter break hours—with these 16 Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwaanza reads. Sharing a cozy classic like Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman or a hilarious new addition to the canon like How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah is just the way to make the holidays even more magical.

Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree

Age: 4-8

The arbor-monikered sisters are back in their fourth book, as charming as the ones before. Here, little sister Maple turns out to be allergic to the Christmas tree. Out it goes, and at first, Willow is mad. Can she get over her anger— and find a way to fix the tree dilemma? Minimalistic drawings on clean white backgrounds give this a fresh, uncluttered feel.

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What is your favorite holiday story? Let us know in the Comments!

— Emma Bland Smith


featured photo: Eugene Kim via flickr