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.

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book

Age: 5-10

Let’s see. The kids are home all day and need entertaining. The tree is up and needs decorating. Why not kill two birds with one stone? This clever book contains clear, step-by-step instructions for creating 15 LEGO ornaments using pieces you might already have in your collection (if you don’t mind occasionally improvising). Build seasonal classics like a wreath, snowflake, and present or modern additions like a camera, computer, and hamburger. (Free ebook with purchase of the traditional book.).

Available at, $16.84.


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

— Emma Bland Smith


featured photo: Eugene Kim via flickr