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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 Christmas Books for Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade

One thing I love to do for each holiday is to explore related books with the Lil Divas. We all look forward to our nightly reading time together.


Today, I wanted to share some of our favorite Christmas themed books for beginning readers (K - 2nd).



Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas - We love Fancy Nancy in our house. She is just so fun. In this sparkly and heartwarming book Nancy has used her own money to buy the perfect new Christmas topper for her tree only to have it ruined. She is devastated but of course in the end learns a very valuable lesson. There are lots of wonderful posh words to read and discuss and of course a great lesson to discuss.



A Bad Kitty Christmas - My Oldest Diva is a huge Bad Kitty fan. She just can't get enough of this mischievous cat so I was pleased to find a holiday story starring Bad Kitty for her to enjoy. In this tale, Bad Kitty is as always grumpy and unhappy. This time it's because she wanted more presents. Bad Kitty's antics are as entertaining as ever and it's a great way to talk about being appreciative of what we have. Just a little FYI - there is a small reference to same sex partners if you are against that sort of thing.



A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time - Jack and Annie travel back in time to help Charles Dickens, who is haunted by his sad memories. Jack and Annie use magic to conjure up the ghosts of his Christmas past, present and future to inspire him to write the great tale we have all come to know - A Christmas Carol.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas - A classic - I will not waste time with a summary. You know what it's about. I'm super excited that this year, my oldest is reading it to us! This is one we read every year.



The Light of Christmas - Another wonderful tale to share together. Alexander is on his way to Noel to watch the lighting of the Christmas Tree when he helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. His good deed is rewarded when he is chosen to light the Christmas flame. This is such a heartwarming tale and a great way to discuss the true meaning of Christmas spirit.



Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! - I know some have issues with the grammar and language used in these books and Junie's overall sassiness but my oldest loves them and can't seem to get enough. When anything comes up that I don't agree with we use those instances to talk about how NOT to behave. These books really do take you into the mindset of the K-2 grade set and my daughter finds it pretty funny to read about the characters "problems". This one is a great conversation starter for making good choices, how we view others and of course being nice.



Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas - Nate the Great books are great first chapter books and this one if perfect to share during the holiday season. We find Nate on a case helping find Fang's missing mail (gift). My first grader enjoys these chapter books because Nate is such a relatable character. These books offer a wonderful way to develop thinking skills as you work to figure out the mystery as you read. The books have color illustrations, the chapters are just the right length for young readers and there are always lots of fun extras in the back of the book.



Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - While Pete is a favorite  of the preschool set as a read aloud, he is also perfect for beginning readers because the repetitive text in these books is great for those just gaining their confidence. In this tale, we find Pete in a parody of the Night Before Christmas that is sure to thrill your Pete fans.



Merry Christmas Amelia Bedelia - Young readers will certainly be laughing at Amelia Bedelia's antics as she gets ready for Christmas. This is a funny and light hearted book, perfect for the Kindergarten and above set.



Room for a Little One - I have been reading this book for years and am so excited that now the Lil Divas can read it on their own. This is such a heartwarming tale to read during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It is in my opinion a wonderful holiday tale that reminds of the real meaning behind the season as Christians.



This is the Stable - Another one of my favorites that I have been reading to the girls since before they knew what I was saying to them. It tells the traditional story of Christmas in a simple yet engaging manner for young readers and I can not rave enough about the lovely illustrations. They will draw you in right along with your children.



The Polar Express - I never tire of reading this book during the holidays and I love that my oldest can enjoy it on her own now. This is one we will continue to read for many years to come.

What holiday books would you recommend for K-2 readers?
I'd love to add more to our collection.
Bern

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3 comments:

  1. Great Picks! I'm not the biggest fan of Junie B. but we change the language we don't like... bad words. My youngest daughter is actually reading Jingle Bells, Batman Smells :) The two of us have enjoyed laughing together as she reads to me.
    XO & Happy Holidays to you and your divas!

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    1. Hi Dean! Thanks for stopping by. The language bothers me too but we use it as a tool to discuss what NOT to say. My daughter even skips over the "words" when reading and won't read them aloud, hehe. She does get a kick out of Junie B. though so we have the books and read them together. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  2. Love reading your blog. Have only just recently come across it and there are so many ideas I am now trialling in my classroom - thanks!

    I teach prep and one of our favourite Christmas stories is "Jesus' Christmas Party" by Nicholas Allan. It's the Innkeeper's view of the events of Christmas night. The kids love it - especially the angrier he gets!!

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