Hello, December! It’s hard to believe the last month of the year has arrived. December is the perfect month to get cozy and curl up with your little one and a book. This month’s book picks highlight holidays, snow, and celebrating our differences.
1. Dream Snow, by Eric Carle
You’ll recognize this author and illustrator’s work from the classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar. The story of Dream Snow is about a farmer who takes a nap on December 24 and dreams about a snowstorm, only to wake up to real snow and a memory of putting on a red suit and delivering gifts.
2. The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
While this picture book doesn’t contain words, the story will be sure to keep your little one riveted. The Snowman follows a little boy who builds a snowman that comes to life and flies him high above the countryside.
3. We’re All Wonders, by RJ Palacio
December 3 is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. We would be remiss to not highlight at least one of the awesome books for toddlers featuring central characters with disabilities. We’re All Wonders features Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his dog, Daisy. This book is a great starting point for discussions around inclusion, empathy and kindness.
4. Hanukkah Bear, by Eric A. Kimmel
December also brings about Hanukkah celebrations. The Hanukkah Bear is a lively picture book that provides a great introduction to the traditions of Hannukah. It also includes some facts and a recipe for Latkes.
5. Olivia Helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer
This book is part of the Olivia book series, which follows the adventures of an adorable little pig. Olivia is very helpful, especially at Christmas when she waits for Santa, watches mom make dinner and ensures dad sets up the tree.
6. A World of Cookies for Santa, by M.E. Furman
Follow Santa as he travels around the globe and tries all sorts of treats on Christmas Eve. This multicultural and festive journey is sure to leave your mouth watering. But this book has a solution for that – cookie recipes are included in the back!
What are your family’s favourite books this month?