This post is for letter “F” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series, click here to see all posts.
I enjoy reading solo. I enjoy reading to my children. I enjoy seeing my children read. I enjoy the holidays. Even more so, I enjoy sharing festive books with my family. While the most important story is the true one of Jesus Christ, I do have some others that are fiction but so much fun. Here is a list of my favorite festive fiction books for the family this holiday season.
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Family Fiction for Thanksgiving
These are books that we have in our homes and have read the past two Thanksgiving seasons.
Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it's a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
Young readers will experience the joys of fall in Bear Country with this brand-new Berenstain Bears storybook. A lift-the-flap format invites children to discover fall foliage, red apples, round pumpkins, and of course, a fine turkey alongside the beloved Bear family. In this exciting addition to the classic New York Times bestselling Berenstain property, Thanksgiving really is all around!
Family Fiction for Christmas
These are our Christmas favorites, after reading about the birth of Jesus, of course.
As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder “Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that… Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.
God Gave Us Love is another (non-holiday) favorite of ours.
This classic Seussian tale tells the story of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville. With wacky rhymes and zany illustrations from the master himself, it has been a seasonal favourite with young readers for over 40 years.
Scrooge was a miser. His money was his life. Then, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge received a trio of visitors who showed him not only the true meaning of Christmas, but the true meaning of life as well.
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved Christmas stories in history and continues to captivate generation after generation. Carefully adapted by Stephen Krensky and elegantly illustrated by Dean Morrissey, this new edition will certainly become a classic in its own right.
We either read the book or watch the movie, which is my son's favorite Christmas story.
Family Fiction for the New Year
I just realized that we don't have any books to bring in the new year. What is your favorite family fiction book for the new year? I can't wait to add it to my wishlist. I'd also enjoy adding more Thanksgiving and Christmas books to our family fiction collection.
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