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Favorite Winter & Holiday Books (Holiday Blog Hop #5)


This post is part of the 2013 Holiday Blog Hop.

In the days following Thanksgiving each year, we pull out the Christmas decorations – the festive holiday plates and the gorgeous handmade (not by me) Advent calendar, the First Christmas ornaments for the girls and the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer figure set Keith bought me before we were married. Alongside these items that bring up so many cozy memories are wonderful books specific to the winter season and the holidays, books we only read this time of year, stories that hold their own set of memories between the pages – of the child who loved one book best of all, of the Christmas morning another book was unwrapped, of the countless times a little one demanded her favorite book read, of the cuddles in front of the tree as little voices pleaded for just one more story. Each year we add another book (or two) to the collection, a special story (or two) that will become a tradition of its own over the years. Here are some of our favorites.


  • Story of the Snow Children – This tale of a young girl visiting a snow princess’ birthday party is full of dancing snow children and snowmen who deliver delicious frozen treats and is enough to spark the imagination of any little one watching the snow fall out her window.
  • Trouble with Trolls – A recent addition to our collection, Ani has already asked for this over and over again this year. The story of mischievous trolls causing trouble for a little girl and her dog and the different ways the girl outwits them makes for an excellent read. The detailed, colorful, and lively illustrations – indicative of Jan Brett books – make one feel that they are up in the mountains with her, breathing the cold air, yet staying warm in handknit woolens. The Mitten and The Hat are two more wintertime favorites by the same author.


  • This Is the Stable – This lovely little book about the birth of Christ has some of the most gorgeous illustrations I’ve seen in a children’s book. It’s rhythm is perfect for a calming bedtime story.
  • The Night Before Christmas – There are many versions out there of this Christmas classic, but I quite like this board book version for kids. It’s the complete poem with lovely illustrations and is durable to boot.
  • Home for Christmas – Another Jan Brett book, this story of a naughty little troll learning the value of family, kindness and helping one another is a fun tale with beautifully detailed illustrations.

For more holiday books, please visit the blogs below, but not before you leave your favorite holiday and winter books (or links into your own similar posts) in the comments!

A Homeschool Mom

Pie Jesu

Sure as the World

You Know What Mama

Waldorf-Inspired Learning

Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries



Author: moogielight

I'm a stay-at-home homebirthing, VBACing, breastfeeding mama, advocate and sometimes artist, sometimes web designer. We are located on the East Coast (but long for the West Coast) where we try to live simply, playing with natural toys, eating organic, vegetarian foods and using our imaginations and creativity as much as possible. I knit and I'm in the process of learning to sew so I can make (or at least attempt to make) many of the items we need and use and want to surround us.

16 thoughts on “Favorite Winter & Holiday Books (Holiday Blog Hop #5)

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  2. I love Jan Brett books. Her illustrations are so intricate. I haven’t read the story of the Snow Children, but it looks wonderful!

  3. I can’t wait to check these out! (Can admit we have not read Jan Brett before? gulp!)

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  5. Oh, The Trouble with Trolls was one of my boys favorites! And I’d forgotten about it. Thanks!

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  7. We too tuck away our Christmas books until after Thanksgiving, but I love your idea of adding a special book or two each year. (we’ve been relying on the chance that we might get them as gifts) With this wonderful book hop, I think I’ll have to add SEVERAL special books this year! Thanks so much for sharing. Aloha, Lori

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