Animals, Spring

12 Spring Stories for Preschoolers

Spring is so beautiful with all of the greenery and pretty flowers popping up everywhere! Here is a list of 10 spring stories that are perfect for preschoolers. For more spring books that preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy, check out my list of BUNNY BOOKS and GARDEN STORIES to share with your little learner!

Spring Stories

12 Lovely Spring Stories:

Little Blue Truck's Springtime

1. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle —

Our favorite blue truck is back in this lovely springtime book. Baby animals, green grass, and beautiful flowers are found on every page. In this gentle, rhyming story, Blue and Toad venture out on a beautiful spring day. Who do they see along the way? Open the flaps to see all of the cute baby animals!

Wee Little Bunny

2. Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson —

A baby bunny sets out to explore on a beautiful spring day. Bunny is super busy chasing dragonflies, making new friends, and checking out the world around it. When mama bunny calls, baby bunny races home to tell mama about its fun adventure. This book is not very long and has fantastic illustrations, making it a great choice for wiggly preschoolers.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucille Colandro

3. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucille Colandro —

The silly old lady gets spring fever and she begins swallowing all sorts of things, starting with a frog. After swallowing dirt, seeds, rain, sunlight, gloves, and a rake, she burps everything back up and gets a garden! With rhyming text and silly pictures, preschoolers will enjoy this book. A great look at sequencing. Try asking: What did she swallow first? What are the steps to create a garden?

I See Spring

4. I See Spring by Charles Ghigna —

With cute illustrations and rhyming text, preschoolers will definitely enjoy this book. This book provides a nice overview of the season. The illustrations show rainy days, rainbows, pretty flowers, birds building a nest, kites flying in the breeze, and lots of kids having fun! A quick, but enjoyable read.

When Spring Comes

5. When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes —

This book provides a fantastic look at the transition from winter to spring. Henkes is a great storyteller and his use of alliteration really captures the coming of the spring season. Adorable pictures will keep preschoolers glued to the pages.

Olaf Waits for Spring

6. Olaf Waits for Spring by Victoria Saxon–

Olaf the curious snowman from the movie Frozen, can’t wait to experience spring! His friends tell him about all of the wonderful things that happen in the spring — the ice thaws and they can go sailing, yummy fruit grows, flowers bloom, and baby animals are born! Olaf decides to sit atop a mountain and wait out the winter storm for spring to come. Fortunately, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff come along to explain that spring happens gradually and we have to be patient.

And Then It's Spring

7. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano–

A child patiently awaits the arrival of spring. Slowly, green begins to appear outside as grass sprouts up and leaves unfold. The changing of the seasons is a time to be patient as nature slowly reveals the first shoots coming up from the seeds and the arrival of spring. There’s something really soothing about this text and with Erin E. Stead’s illustrations.

Spring is Here

8. Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand —

This cheerful book about friends, Mole and Bear, is perfect for preschoolers! It has lots of word repetition, short text, cute pictures, and humor. Bear is still hibernating and Mole wants him to wake up. After trying all sorts of ways to wake Bear with no luck, Mole hatches a new plan. Mole decides to bake a special treat whose alluring aroma will surely wake Bear!

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

9. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak–

Kenard Pak’s seasons series is fantastic! In this springtime edition, a boy and his dog head out into wilderness to explore. They are greeted with signs of spring. Birds are chirping and ice is dripping and green is popping up all around them. The illustrations are gorgeous and show the gentle changing of the season from winter to spring.

Hopper Hunts for Spring

10. Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister–

Author of the classic children’s story, The Rainbow Fish, brings you a new friend, Hopper the young hare. This little hare is on a mission to find spring, who he hopes will be his new friend. He looks in a hole and cave and the hollow of a tree, but he can’t find spring. Along his travels he meets new animal friends, a mole and a bear, but still no spring. Back home with his mother, Hopper learns that spring isn’t just one thing, but changes in the world around him. While Hopper didn’t meet spring in the way he thought he would, he did make new friends and get to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Dr. Seuss's Spring Things

11. Dr. Seuss’ Spring Things —

Thing 1 and Things 2 from Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat have a spin-off board book series. Each book features a very short rhyming story, bright pictures, and holiday/seasonal images. In this spring book, Thing 1 and Thing 2 explore the outdoors and find ducklings, baby chicks, frogs, a spring rain storm, flowers, muddy puddles, and more! Ask your child what their favorite spring thing is! Also, check your library for more Thing 1 and Thing 2 adventures.

The Spring Book

12. The Spring Book by Todd Parr–

Todd Parr leads readers on a colorful journey through springtime. Bright illustrations show flowers in bloom, lots of greenery, animals awakening from hibernation, and babies being born. Parr briefly touches on some of the springtime celebrations, holidays, and activities such as gardening and cultural festivals. This book is a great choice for children who can’t sit still very long, as there is little text and engaging pictures.

flower

I hope you enjoy these spring stories! Check your public library for these books and other preschool spring stories. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I may get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading

Spring Crafts:

Spring Wreath Craft: create a cute paper wreath to decorate for spring!

Toilet Paper Roll Bee: your preschooler will love making this cute bee craft out of an empty toilet paper roll!

Hatching Chick: turn an paper plate into a hatching chick craft.

Animals

Bear Stories for Preschoolers

Bear Stories

I’ve compiled a list of stories about bears. Filled with humor, bear facts, and great illustrations, these books are perfect for preschoolers My son made a cute fuzzy bear craft that ties in perfectly with these stories! Check out my list of POLAR BEAR books too!

10 Bear Stories:

Bear is Awake

1. Bear is Awake: an alphabet story by Hannah E. Harrison–

This is such a cool book! With hardly any words, the reader pieces the story together from the fantastic illustrations and the alphabet letter and corresponding word on each page. In this book, a bear awakens too early ( A = awake) and sets off in search of food. It finds a little girl in a cabin, who, through a series of humorous events, helps bear return to its home and go back to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

Polar Bear's Underwear

2. Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera–

Polar has lost his underwear! His friend mouse helps him search. They spot lots of underwear, but none of them are Polar Bear’s. This book features fun cut outs that show a glimpse of the undies featured in the next page. Preschoolers will enjoy guessing whether these are Polar Bear’s or not. Just when Mouse and Polar Bear are about to give up, Polar Bear remembers that he’s wearing white underwear! It’s camouflaged in his fur— silly bear!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen–

This books takes the reader on a great adventure through all sorts of obstacles in search of a bear. It is super fun to make all of the noises in the book and act out the story as the book progresses. Every time we read this, my son acts out the story on his own afterward, often using toys or pretending to have his own bear hunt outside as we walk through our neighborhood. You can substitute anything for “bear” and go on all sorts of adventures! This book is a beloved classic and should be available at your library. My kiddo loved it so much that we bought it.

Bear Says Thanks

4. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson–

Karma Wilson is one of my favorite authors and my son and I especially lover her Bear series! In this Bear book, Bear and friends come together for a wonderful fall feast. Each one contributes something to the meal, except for Bear, whose cupboard is empty. Bear is thankful for his friends and their generosity, but worries that he has nothing to contribute. That’s not true, his friends say. Then Bear shares the one thing he can, his fantastic stories! I love this lesson that everyone has something to share even if it is not a material thing.

Baby Bear Sees Blue

5. Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff—

Wow. The illustrations are beautiful in this book about a baby and mommy bear. Baby bear wakes in the spring to a beautiful world filled with bright colors. Each spread focuses on a different color as the bear makes its way out of the cave and explores the forest. A rain storm causes the bears to go back to their cave, but when they look out after the storm has passed they see a rainbow!

Polar Bear Babies

6. Polar Bear Babies by Susan Ring —

Learn about the survival skills baby polar bears need for life in the harsh arctic in this short book. The babies need to learn to swim, catch fish, and run around the snow. The cute images of the baby bears greatly appealed to my son.

Don't Wake Up the Bear

7. Don’t Wake Up the Bear! by Marjory Dennis Murray–

Preschooler will enjoy this funny story about a bunch of cold forest animals who sneak into bear’s warm cave while it is hibernating. One by one the cave fills up with animals who whisper “don’t wake up the bear.” Everyone is quietly warming up when a little mouse sneezes in bear’s ear and bear wakes up! Is this is the end of the animals warm cuddle? Read this cute story to find out!

Bear's New Friend

8. Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson–

Bear heads out to enjoy the day and hears a sound. Is it his friend mouse? Nope, not mouse. One by one, Bear and his friends end up in a guessing game trying to figure out who this new creature is. They keep asking “Who?” Turns out to be a shy owl. Will owl want to be friends too? Read this one and find out!

Kite Day: a Bear and Mole story

9. Kite Day: a Bear and Mole story by Will Hillenbrand —

It is a lovely, windy day — perfect for flying a kite. Friends Bear and Mole decide to make a kite. They plan, collect supplies, measure, and construct (great for STEM lesson) and then take their new kite out for some flying fun! Suddenly a storm blows in and the kite escapes. Bear and Mole chase after their kite. Oh no! Is the kite gone forever? They find it stuck in a tree where it is sheltering baby birds from the storm 🙂

Old Bear

10. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes–

Winter is on its way and it’s time for Old Bear to hibernate. Old Bear settles down to sleep in its cave where it dreams that it is young again. Henkes takes the reader on a journey through all the seasons in Bear’s dreams, illustrating the changes in nature in each season for preschoolers to get a great visual understanding. When Old Bear awakes, it is spring and the world outside the cave is just as beautiful as Bear dreamed it would be.

Disclaimer:

I hope you enjoy these bear stories. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I may get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

Winter

Ice Skating Stories

I recently took my son ice skating for the first time. Oh boy, was it hard! I was so impressed that he kept trying even though it was a struggle. In the end, neither one of us were very good at ice skating, but we had a lot of fun 🙂 Here are 8 ice skating stories to share with your preschooler that show not only how fun ice skating can be, but also that have to keep trying when we are new learning things and not to give up even though it can be hard.

Ice Skating Stories for Preschoolers

Eight Ice Skating Stories:

Dream Big, Little Pig!

1. Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi–

In this story written by Olympic gold-medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, a pig named Poppy is determined to be an ice skating star. Successful ice skating takes balance, grace, and coordination, things that don’t come easily to pigs. However, Poppy is surrounded by family and friends who believe in her, and most importantly, Poppy believes in herself. After a lot of practice, Poppy’s determination pays off as she feels the magic of gliding around on the ice! Poppy’s story continues in, Big World, Little Pig!

Angelina Ballerina Loves Ice-Skating!

2. Angelina Ballerina Loves Ice-Skating! by Katharine Holabird–

In this cute book, Angelina trades her dance slippers for ice skates! She and her sister are so excited that winter is here so that they can ice skate with their friends. However, the weather is not cooperating and it is snowing too much to ice skate. Although disappointed not to be skating, Angelina and her friends come up with fun indoor activities to do together! Eventually it stops snowing and everyone is able to ice skate together.

Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice

3. Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger–

This book is a cute penguin version of the Five Little Monkeys. Preschoolers will love the rhyming, sing-songy story and vibrant illustrations. One by one, the little penguins and get hurt while playing on the ice and their mama has to call the doctor. Eventually no one is having any fun at all, until mama comes up with a new plan!

Pink Around the Rink

4. Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kahn–

Pinkalicious can’t wait to ice skate! After she colors her white ice skates pink with a marker, she is ready to skate! Turns out ice skating is harder than it looks. After some wobbles and spills, Pinkalicious improves. While skating, the pink color begins to come off her skates and Pinkalicious is so embarrassed. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she is leaving lovely pink designs all over the ice. I love that this story not only shows that we have to keep trying when learning something new, but also that beautiful things can happen when we least expect them.

Flora and the Penguin

5. Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle–

Molly Idle’s Flora and her Feathered Friends wordless picture book series is fantastic! In this book, Flora wants to ice skate and who better to teach her than a penguin! The beautiful illustrations tell a story of friendship between these two. No relationship is conflict free. Flora and her new friend have their ups and downs, but in the end, they learn to work together. Preschoolers will love lifting the flaps to reveal the duo’s beautiful ice skating moves!

Tallulah's Ice Skates

6. Tallulah’s Ice Skates by Marilyn Singer–

Tallulah is a very accomplished dancer and feels compelled to be the best at ice skating too. She wants her friend to practice an ice skating routine with her, but her friend just wants to have fun. Determined that being the best at ice skating is the most important thing, Tallulah goes off on her own to practice. Readers will be rewarded with watching Tallulah’s discovery that don’t have to be the best at everything and that sometimes it is important to just have fun.

Horse and Buggy On Ice

7. Horse and Buggy On Ice by Ethan Long—

In this sparsely worded story about friends, Horse and Buggy, the duo take to the ice! Horse is very confident about his skating abilities and he glides along the ice, spins, and leaps in the air. Buggy is worried that her friend will get hurt. When Horse does fall, he quickly gets back up again, reassuring Buggy that he is alright. The illustrations are so funny and perfectly capture’s Horse’s exuberance and Buggy’s worry. Your child will crack up at the end where the two friend skate around the ice together, this time with little Buggy holding Horse up high over her head!

Mice on Ice

8. Mice on Ice by Rebecca Emberley —

My son loves this book! Ed Emberley’s illustrations are fantastic as always and capture the fun the little mice are having on the ice. My son loves the colors in the vibrant pictures and the rhyming text. This short story is perfect for preschoolers will have trouble sitting still through long stories. You won’t want to miss what picture the mice’s skates carve in the ice, and who shows up to join in the fun!

snowflakes

I hope you enjoy these ice skating stories! Check your public library for these books and other ice skating stories. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I may get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

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Book-Themed Gifts for Kids

Get book-themed gifts to go with your child’s favorite book! The Kohl’s Cares program offers affordably priced books and plush toys each year around Christmas that are always super cute. There so many options beyond plush toys, although my child does love those too. If you are looking for book-themed gifts then check out my list of toys that are sure to spark your child’s imaginative and help bring their favorite books to life! As a disclaimer, this post may contain affiliate likes (more information about this at the end).

15 Book-Themed Gifts:

Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles

This is the coolest building set! Children get to bring the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Life while engaging their eye-hand coordination, understanding of magnets, and spatial awareness, all while stimulating children’s creativity. This building set is so much fun and perfect for families looking to add more STEM activities into their little one’s play! Add on these cute Very Hungry Caterpillar socks (which my son loved) and you will have the most adorable playtime.

Pigeon and Duckling Finger Puppets

2. Pigeon and Duckling Finger Puppets

Use these adorable finger puppets to bring Mo Willem’s Pigeon book series to life! These are perfect for reenacting the story, The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! My son loves pretending to be the Duckling and the Pigeon and makes up lots of other adventures for them!

Fly Guy Plush with book

3. Fly Guy Plush

My son has this cute Fly Guy plush and loves it! Hug this plush while you read Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas and other Fly stories! Fly Guy loves to go on all sorts of fun adventures around our house 🙂

Pete the Cat Groovy Buttons Game

4. Pete the Cat Groovy Buttons Board Game

My family loves playing this Pete the Cat board game where we have to collect Pete’s groovy buttons. Preschoolers love Pete the Cat and will have lots of fun playing this game and counting all of their buttons. After you finish playing, read the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons together!

Llama Llama Plush

5. Llama Llama Plush

We love Anna Dewdney’s story, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and this Llama Llama plush is the cutest companion to the book. This plush toy absolutely adorable and perfect for bedtime cuddles!

Elephant and Piggie Tote

6. Elephant and Piggie Read Kids’ Tote Bag

This is the perfect bag for carrying all of your library books! We love our Elephant and Piggie Read tote bag and use it all of the time. It has strong, durable straps and features some of our favorite book characters! My son loves that the Pigeon snuck onto the bag too!

Dragons Love Tacos Book and Toy

7. Dragon’s Love Tacos Book and Plush Set

Now you can have the book and the dragon toy in one cute set! Use this dragon plush to help act out this hilarious story for endless fun!

There was an Old lady Who Swallowed a Fly puppet and props

8. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Puppet and Props

This plush and finger puppet set is a great way for preschoolers to get hands-on with the story. These toys let children be an active part of the storytelling and encourage lots of imaginative play! Pair this with the Child Play’s book that features fun illustrations and cut-outs in the pages.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Storybook Flashlight Projector

9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear Storybook Reels Flashlight Projector

Wow, this Brown Bear story projector is amazing! Not only to kids love playing with flashlights, but they love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and now the two are combined into one awesome present. Bedtime has never been so much!

Classic Stories Felt Board

10. Classic Stories Felt Board — Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs, Tortoise and the Hare, and Hansel and Gretel

My son loves playing with felt boards and so do the preschoolers at the library’s storytime group! Now children can act out four of their favorite classic stories and make up their own endings for tons of fun. I love how imaginative my son is when he plays with his felt board and the stories he creates with the felt pieces!

Busy Town Puzzle

11. Richard Scarry’s Busy Town Seek and Find Giant Floor Puzzle

I grew up with Richard Scarry’s Busy Town and I am so happy to see that my son likes these stories too. We read the little board book, Cars and Trucks from A to Z (featuring Lowly Worm driving an applemobile), so many times that it fell apart! The puzzle feature’s Richard Scarry’s cute characters and their silly cars! This puzzle’s large pieces are great for preschoolers to be able to manipulate and the bright colors are sure to draw their attention to puzzle pieces.

Little Red Riding Hood Puzzle Game

12. Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe Skill-Building Puzzle Game

This puzzle set is so neat! My son got this for Christmas and he is really enjoying it. There is a book that tells you where to position the pieces and you have to figure out how to get Little Red Riding Hood safely to her grandma’s house. This game encourages critical thinking skills, problem solving, and spatial awareness development. There are several puzzles to choose from, which equals hours of entertainment!

Curious George T-Shirts

13. Curious George T-Shirts

My son loves wearing clothes with his favorite book characters on them! He thinks of them like dress-clothes and he wears them so he can pretend he is the character. This Curious George t-shirt set comes with 3 cute shirts for your preschooler to enjoy while getting into some monkey trouble!

The World of Eric Carle Bath Book and Toys

14. The World of Eric Carle Bath Book and Toys

Now you can read in the bath tub without fear of ruining a book with this special bath book featuring favorite books characters drawn by Eric Carle. Add tons of fun and creative play to bath time with these bath toys featuring storybook favorites the Very Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear, Mister Seahorse, the Very Hungry Caterpillar and more!

Pete the Cat Giant Sticker Book

15. Pete the Cat Giant Sticker Activity Book

Kids love stickers and they love Pete the Cat, making this activity book a winner! My son recognized the stickers from different Pete the Cat stories and was really excited. This activity book is great way to keep your child entertained on the go without adding to their screen time.

Don’t forget books always make great gifts! Looking for book recommendations? Check out my book lists for ideas.

Thank you for checking out my list of book-themed gifts for children! I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 😉

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Hanukkah Stories for Preschoolers

We are not Jewish, but we have lots of friends who are, and I wanted my son to learn more about Hanukkah. I checked out a ton of books from the library and shared them with my son and my preschool storytime group! Here is a list of preschooler-approved Hanukkah stories!

Hanukkah Stories

12 Hanukkah Stories:

Biscuit's Hanukkah

1. Biscuit’s Hanukkah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli–

My son loves Biscuit stories! In this story, Biscuit learns that Hanukkah is all about sharing fun, food, and festivity with family and friends. Biscuit learns how to make a menorah, helps the little girl wrap presents, and even shows some love for the family cat!

Chanukah Lights Everywhere

2. Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael J. Rosen–

In this lovely counting story, a little boy counts the Chanukah lights that he sees each night. Not only are these lights at home on his menorah, but he notices lights all around him. Learn more about the celebration of Chanukah and the importance of paying attention to the wonders all around you.

The Count's Hanukkah Countdown

3. The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown by Tilda Balsley–

It’s Hanukkah on Sesame Street and Grover is having a Hanukkah party. At the party, the Count meets new friends, learns the story of Hanukkah, and enjoys some latkes. He also learns that eight is the perfect Hanukkah number. This story covers the holiday customs of candle lighting, dreidel spinning, and gift giving. It explains the historical background of Antiochus, the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil. While on the long side, repetition and humor will help keep preschoolers engaged with the book.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?

4. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen–

From the warm glow of holiday candles to the fun of family gatherings, dinosaurs love to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Jane Yolen understands that sometimes everyone, even dinosaurs, forget their manners when they get caught up in all of the festivities. However, her rhyming text serves a gentle reminder to stay on our best behavior.

Hanukkah Bear

5. Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel–

In this adorable book, Bubba Brayna has invited the rabbi to join her for Hanukkah dinner. A mix-up occurs when an uninvited guest drops by and Bubba Brayna, with her poor eyesight, mistakes a bear for the rabbi! Together she and the bear play the dreidel game, light the menorah, and enjoy delicious latkes. Preschoolers will love being in on the joke and are sure to giggle throughout this one!

Honeyky Hanukah

6. Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie–

This a rocking, dancing-along Hanukkah book! A boy, his guitar, and his dog sing their way through the neighborhood, gathering friends and family for a Hanukkah celebration. Book come with a CD featuring the Honeyky Hanukah song.

Latke, the Lucky Dog

7. Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer–

Latke, a dog has just joined a new family! It’s the first night of Hanukkah and this doggy has a learn to learn about the holiday, as well as the house rules! Preschoolers can commiserate with Latke, who just can’t help but eat the yummy treats and unwrap the presents. After a series of mishaps, Latke tries to be on his best behavior and the family rewards him with a chew toy. This story is told from the dog’s perspective and the illustrations are adorable, making this a great choice for preschoolers.

Gracie's Night: a Hanukkah story

8. Gracie’s Night: a Hanukkah Story by Lynn Taylor Gordon–

This is my favorite Hanukkah story! I love this story because even though Gracie’s family doesn’t have a lot of money, she still realizes that she is rich in love. Gracie is so excited to buy her Papa new warm clothes for Hanukkah, but when she sees someone in desperate need of warmth, Gracie give away Papa’s gifts. Her selfless act brought a Hanukkah miracle to someone in need. Check out this read-aloud of the story: https://youtu.be/_hPVUhvz4u0

Hanukkah Haiku

9. Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert–

This is a beautiful poetic book about the eight nights of Hanukkah. Each night gets it own haiku. The amazing stepped pages add one candle to the menorah every time the page is turned, symbolizing the lighting of a candle for each night Hanukkah.

Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten

10. Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten by Daniel Manus Pinkwater–

One winter night, Yetta, a chicken who is the honorary mother of a flock of parrots, discovers a kitten in a snowdrift. The parrots are nervous about taking care of a cat, but Yetta reminds everyone that it is Hanukkah. The group of birds bring the kitten to a Jewish grandmother who feeds them all latkes. Filled with a sprinkling of Yiddish and Spanish words, this is a fun book to read-aloud and sweet story to enjoy together.

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

11. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg–

Sadie’s family is both Jewish and Indian, so at Hanukkah they eat dosas, traditional Indian pancakes in stead of latkes. Before they can eat their yummy dosas, however, they have to buy the ingredients and cook the food. Little Sadie can’t stop climbing on everything, driving her older brother crazy! But when the family gets locked out just before their Hanukkah party, Sadie and her climbing skills save the day.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

12. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz–

At Hanukkah, a family is visiting their bubbe (grandma) and before they can enjoy the yummy meal, Bubbe accidently eats a dreidel. She keeps eating Hanukkah items — latkes, gelt, and a menorah — in this cumulative story. Filled with humor and rhymes, this one will keep preschoolers entertained while introducing them to Hanukkah celebrations and traditions.

Menorah

Thank you for checking out my list of Hanukkah stories for preschoolers! I hope you enjoy these books! My son and the preschoolers at the library’s storytime group really liked all of these books. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

Hanukkah Crafts!

I love making crafts that go along with out stories! Here are two Star of David crafts to make preschoolers:

Decoupage Star of David: make a beautiful Star of David craft for Hanukkah.

Easy Star of David: easy Star of David craft for toddlers/preschoolers that only needs craft sticks, glue, and a blue marker.

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Interactive Books for Preschoolers

Interactive Books for Preschoolers

Looking to keep your preschooler interested in books? Try these 13 interactive books that are begging the reader to take part in the story! From saying silly words and making funny faces, to shaking and twisting the book, these books will keep your child engaged and wanting to read more! Also check out my list of FUNNY books and SILLY RHYMING stories for more great preschool book recommendations.

13 Interactive Books to Read:

Paw Patrol CarryAlong Play Book

1. Nickelodeon PAW Patrol: A CarryAlong Play Book —

My preschooler loves Paw Patrol! This pup show is preschool favorite and this carry-along book is tons of fun! It has pull tabs to add to the enjoyment as preschoolers learn how the Paw Patrol saves the Turbots and monkeys from an exploding volcano! Marshall uses his water cannons to cool the lava, Skye, Chase, and Ryder swoop in for some daring rescues, and Rubble used his digger to stop the flow of lava.

There's a Unicorn in Your Book

2. There’s a Unicorn in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

A unicorn appears in this cute interactive book! Unicorn is sad and it is up to the reader to help unicorn feel better. By waving out fingers to make magic dust, swishing the book, telling unicorn jokes, and being a good friend, the reader helps make unicorn feel better. A sweet story about the power of talking to a good friend.

I Saw Anaconda

3. I Saw Anaconda by Jane Clarke–

My son says this anaconda book is awesome because it has so many flaps! Every page is interactive and my son giggles as the anaconda eats everything in sight. Plus, he learned about some new animals (a stork, piranhas, and a skink). We bought this for a couple of other preschool age kids we know because my son enjoys it so much.

4. There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

Tom Fletcher makes funny, interactive books that preschoolers just love! Just look at this cute little dragon — adorable!!! Oh no, it has flames. In a book! Quick, help keep your book safe. Preschoolers will enjoy all of the activities the book tells them to do in order to keep the dragon from sneezing flames.

Kiwi Cannot Reach

5. Kiwi Cannot Reach!  by Jason Tharp —

This story is laugh-out-loud funny and interactive. Kids will love helping Kiwi attempt to reach the rope that is hanging from the top of the page. The ending will result in lots of giggling and requests to read it again and again! We had checked this out from the library and my son loved it so much that I ended up buying it for him — it is still a favorite at bedtime! Check this out from your local library.

Cat Secrets

6. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj–

This is a fun, interactive book that your preschooler will enjoy! In order to learn the top-secret cat secrets, the reader must prove they are a cat! Meow, purr, nap, and do other cat-like things to earn the cats’ trust so that the secrets can be revealed to you. Keep a lookout for the sneaky mouse!

There's an Alien in Your Book

7. There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

This is a fun, interactive book about a little alien who crash lands in your book! Meeting an alien seems scary at first, but the reader learns that being mean is not the answer. Fletcher incorporates a gentle message of acceptance mixed in with lots of humor that will keep your preschooler entertained. My son enjoyed the interactive components to the book and had fun shaking and flapping the book to try and rid it of the alien.

Don't Wake the Dragon

8. Don’t Wake the Dragon by Bianca Schulze —

This interactive bedtime book is so much fun! My son loves when he gets to be part of the story. In this book, the reader has to help keep the dragon asleep. Of course, the castle happens to be really noisy! Gently rock the book back and forth and sing a lullaby so that the dragon goes back to sleep. Hopefully your little one will be ready to fall asleep too!

Froggy Gets Dressed

 9. Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London —

Froggy is preschool fan-favorite! His books are full of excitement, fun sounds, bright pictures, and struggles that little kids can relate to. In this story, Froggy is supposed to be hibernating for winter, but he wakes up to explore the snow. He has to put on all of his warm clothes, with “zuts” and “zaps” before he is ready to explore. Ask your preschooler to say all of the fun sounds out loud with you! Unfortunately, he keeps forgetting something important and has take all of his clothes on and off over and over again. Just when he thinks he has everything he needs, his mommy yells that he forgot his underwear! Yikes!!! Poor Froggy trudges back inside. By now he is too tired to play outside, so he climbs back into bed and falls asleep. Kids can pretend to get dressed along with Froggy to add some interactive fun to this book.

Bunny Will Not Smile

10. Bunny Will Not Smile by Jason Tharp–

This is a silly, interactive story where the reader tries to help the bear, named Big, get Bunny to smile. Big has tried everything he can think of and now it is time for reinforcements — you, the reader! Make a funny face; now an even funnier face! Read this book to see if your funny faces made bunny smile!

Press Here

11. Press Here by Herve Tullet–

This book is tons of fun! Start by pressing the yellow dot on the cover and then follow the instructions on the inside pages. Each page instructs the reader to push the button, shake it up, tilt the book, and more. Get ready to giggle as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size. I was just as impressed as my preschooler at this awesome book!

Don't Push the Button

12. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter–

Don’t push the button! That’s it. Seems pretty simple right? But what do you think happens when you push the button? Maybe we should find out? Uh-oh, we turned the monster another color. Yikes, now we added dots. Oh no, now there are 2 monsters! Push, shake, and tickle your way through the story to get the monster back to normal. This story is tons of fun and sure to bring out the giggles as you read this one!

Do You Want a Hug?

13. Do You Want a Hug? (Disney Frozen) by Kevin Lewis–

Join Olaf in a game of hide-and-seek in the wintery world of Frozen’s Arendelle. This is a fun interactive book, where the reader gets to “play” with Olaf. Olaf’s joy is contagious as he asks the reader to give him a hug. Olaf runs splat into the book page and bonks his nose. He mistakenly thinks that the reader is playing a game and that he can’t get a hug until the game is over. Olaf suggests Leap Troll and Ring Around the Reindeer before settling on hide-and-seek. All right, no peeking as Olaf hides. Can you find him?

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Christmas

Gingerbread Stories

Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite Christmas treats! I bought my son the book, The Gingerbread Pirates, because it looked cute and combined both my love of Christmas stories and gingerbread cookies. This book started us a gingerbread stories journey, where we read all that we could find! We’ve put together a list of our favorite gingerbread stories to share with you. At the bottom of the post, I’ve added some other gingerbread-themed activities so you can add to the fun!

Gingerbread Stories

12 Gingerbread Stories:

1. Tough Cookie: a Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway–

This book is so funny! Get ready to laugh your way through this updated gingerbread man story, featuring a tough cookie. Cookie claims to be a delicious sugar cookie, but he isn’t sweet and cookie isn’t fast. Cookie taunts Fox, who immediately catches Cookie. Fox tries to take a bite, but hurts his tooth! What a tough cookie! An unlikely friendship forms between the two and Fox sets out to help Cookie be his best cookie-self in this hilarious picture book.

The Gingerbread Pirates

2. The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup–

Cookies and pirates together in one sweet Christmas story! A boy and his mom make gingerbread pirate cookies for Santa. The boy’s favorite is Captain Cookie and he takes the captain to his room. After the boy falls asleep, Captain Cookie goes in search of his cookie crew, who he needs to save from being eaten by Santa! Along the way, the cookie discovers Christmas wonders and finally meets Santa himself. Captain Cookie challenges Santa in a daring attempt to save crew. Santa promises not to eat the gingerbread pirates before delivering a bit of his Christmas magic to the cookies. Pirate-obsessed and imaginative kids will enjoy this book and its magical ending!

Cookie stories: 'The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas" by Laura Murray

3. The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray–

Lisa Murray’s Gingerbread Man has a whole series of adventures! In this rhyming Christmas book, the Gingerbread Man learns about the spirit of giving. The kids make cards, sing songs, and bake treats for their community. The Gingerbread Man knows just who he wants to make a card for and he sets out with his class to give their gifts. The Gingerbread Man gets separated from his class and his little cookie legs get hurt in the snow. He doesn’t give up and he hobbles up to the shop with his card to give out. Read this book to find out who the Gingerbread Man’s special card is for! This little cookie has many other stories too. Be sure to check out The Gingerbread Loose at the Zoo and The Gingerbread Man Loose at School.

4. How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace–

In this storybook-themed adventure in the “How to Catch” series, author, Adam Wallace, brings us a rhyming story of the Gingerbread Man. One day during story time, the Gingerbread Man leaps off the page of his book and takes off through the book store. The kids make a whole bunch of traps to catch him, but the Gingerbread Man’s storybook friends come to his rescue! The Gingerbread Man escapes all of the traps, but notices that the kids are sad that they can’t finish the book. The cookie leaps back onto the page so that everyone can finish the story. Grown-ups will enjoy seeing their childhood book friends come to the Gingerbread Man’s aid.

The Gingerbread Bear

5. The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis–

I love this twist on the classic folktale! In this version, at mom bakes a gingerbread bear cookie for her daughter. But before it can be eaten, the Gingerbread Bear escapes! It runs all over Woodlands National Park, escaping everyone who traps to trap it. A clever park ranger manages to trick the cookie and put an end to the chase. This story prompted us to learn more about Woodlands National Park.

6. The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett–

I absolutely love Jan Brett’s books! Her illustrations are fantastic and the gingerbread baby is so cute. In this twist on the classic folktale, a family makes a gingerbread baby who jumps out of the oven and runs through town. One after another, the people and the animals give chase. The boy, however, has a plan. He bakes a gingerbread house and the cookie, looking for a place to hide from everyone, runs inside. Now the gingerbread baby lives safely inside his gingerbread house.

Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men

7. Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men by Tiger Tales–

This book is lots of fun to explore thanks to the peek-though windows revealing the gingerbread cookies. In this story, ten gingerbread men love bouncing everywhere. Turn the pages and follow these cute gingerbread men as they count down from 10 to 1. My son loves counting the gingerbread men and all of the glitter accents!

Gingerbread Mouse

8. Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun–

One day little mouse’s home is destroyed by a falling branch, so she sets off to find a new home. Little mouse explores a human house where she discovers the perfect home for her — a gingerbread house! Little mouse makes a cozy rug for her new house and adds a dresser. Mouse settles into her new home and falls asleep. She’s awakened by Santa, who has brought her a new house to live in. This new house will last longer than a gingerbread house! Mouse adores her new doll house and quickly moves in. To mouse’s surprise, a little girl knew she was there all along and leaves mouse a present of a gingerbread cookie in the shape of mouse. My son loved that mouse got a new house all of her own!

The Gingerbread Boy

9. The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone–

My son loves Paul Galdone’s retelling of folktales! In this tale, a woman makes a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a boy. When the woman opens the over, the cookie jumps up and runs away! As the cookie runs, it comes across a cow, a horse, some men–none of who could catch him! “Run, run, run. Catch me if you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the the gingerbread boy, I am, I am!” The overconfident cookie meets a a clever fox, who manages to trick the cookie and eats it up! Paul Galdone’s rhymes are lots of fun, as well as the subtle humor in the story.

Gingerbread Christmas

10. Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett–

Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the town’s Christmas Festival. The gingerbread band are a huge a hit! Everything is going great until the children start smelling the yummy gingerbread and get hungry. Yikes! Run away, gingerbread band! Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase. Gingerbread Baby finds a great spot to hide in the Christmas tree where he is safe from the hungry crowd. Fantastic pictures and lots of humor make this book a great choice for Christmas stories.

Catch that Cookie!

11. Catch the Cookie! by Hallie Durand–

Cookies can’t come to life and runaway, can they? A boy named Marshall and his class are surprised when their cookies disappear. Now they have to solve rhyming clues to find the missing cookies! This story is lots of fun and a great mystery.

The Gingerbread Pup

12. The Gingerbread Pup by Maribeth Boelts–

A girl named Evalina desperately wishes for someone loyal to be her friend. She gets a great idea to make a puppy out of gingerbread. However, the gingerbread pup springs to life and runs right out the door! Evalina chases the pup and soon the other villagers join in the chase. Will anyone be able to catch the cookie? Like in the classic folktale of The Gingerbread Boy, the cookie runs to the edge of a river, where he hitches a ride. This time, the cookie partners with a shaggy dog, who isn’t a trickster, and safety gets the cookie across the river. Turns out the dog is stray and Evelina adopts it! In a fun twist, Evalina bakes a gingerbread boy to befriend the gingerbread pup and everyone lives happily ever after!

Gingerbread cookie

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More Gingerbread Fun!

Find the Differences: My son loves “find the differences” activities and he asked if he could design one. He made this cute gingerbread themed Find the Differences (free downloadable PDF) worksheet. Can you find all 5 differences?

Gingerbread Math Worksheet: count the number of gingerbread cookies in each box and circle the number.

Mosaic Gingerbread Man Craft: make a cute gingerbread man out of construction paper.

Mosaic Gingerbread Man Craft

Cookie Activities!

Read some more COOKIE STORIES together! I’ve gathered 10 great cookie stories for you to read with your child.

Cookie Cutter Craft: We turned some of our cookie cutters into stencils and made paper Christmas cookies!

Cookie Cutter Coloring Activity
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Christmas Picture Books!

Christmas Picture Books

There are so many wonderful Christmas picture books available! It was really hard to narrow down our favorites for this list, but I did not want an endless list 🙂 So here are my family’s 25 favorite Christmas picture books in no particular order because there is no way we could rank them! If these 25 aren’t enough, check out my list of Elf Books and Santa Stories!

25 Christmas Picture Books:

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

1. Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson–

Sweet Bear is supposed to be hibernating, but his friends want him to stay awake to experience Christmas with them! Bear gets to experience his first Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. By staying up and participating in all of the fun activities with his friends, Bear discovers that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!

The Grinch's Great Big Flap Book

2. The Grinch’s Great Big Flap Book by Dr. Seuss–

My kiddo loves lift-the-flap books! Being able to interact with the book, whether its a touch-and-feel or lift-the-flap, makes reading extra fun for little ones. This book tells the story of the Grinch, a Christmas-hating meanie, who tries to keep Christmas from coming to Whoville. The Grinch learns that Christmas isn’t about presents or a big feast for dinner, but about family, togetherness, and love. With this new revelation, the Grinch’s heart grows! He embraces the Christmas spirit and returns everything he stole. The citizens of Whoville welcome the Grinch to spend Christmas with them in this sweet ending. This is a long story, but being able to lift-the-flaps really kept my son’s attention throughout the book. He was excited to see what pictures were underneath the flaps!

The Chicken Who Saved Christmas

3. The Chicken Who Saved Christmas by Rebecca Elliott–

In this bright, sparkly book, Santa is sick in bed and unable to deliver to toys to children! “Calamity” cries chicken, who rallies the farm animals to save the day. The bright, cheerful illustrations with touches of sparkles will capture your child’s attention as the animals nurse Santa back to good health and get the sleigh ready. With so much happening, Chicken forgets to get the reindeer ready. The reindeer say they can’t fly on empty stomachs, but it’s time to head out and deliver presents! Is Christmas ruined? Not to worry, Santa is feeling better and he uses a bit of Christmas magic to make the farm animals fly and they pull the sleigh full of toys!

4. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin–

In this sparely worded picture book, Duck attempts to come down Farmer Brown’s chimney but gets stuck! The other animals attempt to unstuck Duck, but get themselves trapped in the chimney too. Now Santa has arrived and needs to get down the chimney. Will he get stuck too? Get ready for giggles as Santa gets everyone successfully down the chimney and soot goes flying everywhere! Pay special attention to Duck’s backpack to find out why he was trying to get down the chimney in the first place.

Construction Site on Christmas Night

5. Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Dusky Rinker–

In this sweet story, Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck and Cement Mixer build a new home for fire engines. They get the job done just in time for the fire engines to spend Christmas in their new home. As the construction crew heads back to the yard to settle down for the night, they find that they get their own Christmas surprises. The rhyming story and great pictures will delight preschoolers, as will discovering the gift each machine receives.

Counting to Christmas

6. Counting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri–

This lovely books shows a young girl’s activities as she counts down the days of December from the first to Christmas Day. Each day she does something news: “Days 1, 2, and 3/ I paint, cut,/ and paste.” I love how the child wants to create home-made gifts and forgoes all of the commercialism associated with the holiday. She also remembers her animals friends and makes sure to have something special for the animals to enjoy on Christmas too! At the end, the author gives how-to instructions and recipes for the yuletide cards, popcorn-cranberry garland, spicy gingerbread cookies, and outdoor animal treats mentioned.

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

7. The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus–

We’ve all read stories where children start to doubt Santa exists, but in this funny twist, Santa starts to doubt that a little boy named Harold exists. Santa has plenty of good reasons to doubt Harold. For one thing, the handwriting on the letter looks like an adult’s handwriting. And when Harold came to sit on Santa’s lap this year, he looked different than the last time Santa saw him. Seems pretty suspicious. So Santa decides to hide out at Harold’s house this Christmas and see if he really does exist. Kids will love the ending!

Dinosaur VS. Santa

8. Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea–

We are huge Bob Shea fans! We love his sense of humor and fun illustrations. In this story, Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa’s Christmas visit! Dinosaur has lots to do–decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty. And since Dinosaur is determined to win, he defeats each task! ROAR! He’s doing great, but on Christmas Eve, he hears some rustling downstairs and sneaks a peek. Uh-oh, will he get caught and not get any presents? Check out this story from your library to find out!

The Donkey's Christmas Song

9. The Donkey’s Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri–

A very special baby is born in a manger and all of the animals are excited to welcome the new baby . Each animal takes a turn saying hello, but donkey is too shy. However, baby Jesus welcomes donkey with his own sweet smile. The donkey brays, hee-aw, making the baby laughs with joy! This book is a sweet and beautifully illustrated story celebrating the first Christmas.

Gingerbread Christmas

10. Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett–

Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the town’s Christmas Festival. The gingerbread band are a huge a hit! Everything is going great until the children start smelling the yummy gingerbread and get hungry. Yikes! Run away, gingerbread band! Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase. Gingerbread Baby finds a great spot to hide in the Christmas tree where he is safe from the hungry crowd. Fantastic pictures and lots of humor make this book a great choice for Christmas stories.

11. How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace–

My son loves Adam Wallace’s “How to Catch ” series! In this Christmas book, Santa’s helper elf is target by the children. They set all sorts of traps, but with Santa on his side, no one catch this elf! Better luck next Christmas! Kids will giggle at the silliness and enjoy the bright, engaging pictures.

I Got the Christmas Spirit

12. I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison–

A little girl and her mom are out and about during the holiday season. The little girl takes in all of the noises and sights around her, and picks up on the rhythm of the season. The author does a great job of highlighting the sounds that the girl hears– CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!–and the flashing lights in the store windows–BLING! BLING! BLING!–giving readers not only an opportunity to make some noise and participate with the story, but also plants the idea to be more thoughtful about their own surroundings. Throughout the story the little girl sees and spreads joy and imparts a lovely message for the reader to do the same.

Little Blue Truck's Christmas

13. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle–

The rhymes, sweet message, and Christmas tree countdown make this a perfect choice for preschoolers! Blue and Toad deliver trees and joy to their animals friends. Will there be a tree left for Blue? Preschoolers will love the light-up tree at the end of the story!

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

14. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney–

Llama Llama books are so relatable for preschoolers! Each story features an emotion/struggle that young children also face. In this story, Llama Llama is finding it hard to wait for Christmas. Even though he is plenty busy shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree with Mama, Christmas is not coming fast enough. With mounting frustration, Llama Llama just can’t wait any more! Mama knows just what to do –a warm cuddle and a gentle reminder that “Gifts are nice, but there’s another: The true gift is, we have each other.”

Merry Christmas, Little Critter

15. Merry Christmas, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer–

Little Critter books are always so cute and funny. My son just loves these books! In this story, Little Critter writes his letter to Santa and awaits Santa’s visit. Little Critter and his family do lots of fun things together. Children can lift-the-flaps throughout the book and learn more about Little Critter’s fun Christmas season activities!

16. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Jan Brett–

You just have to read the Clement C. Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas, as part of your Christmas stories! In this beautifully illustrated edition by Jan Brett, readers will love seeing Santa and his elves delivering Christmas presents while the children are tucked into bed. Each page’s illustrations are a treasure trove of detail that perfectly compliment the poem.

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

17. The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen–

My son loves the original Pout-Pout Fish story so he was excited to read this Christmas tale. Mr. Fish learns that Christmas is bigger than store-bought gifts — it is all about giving from the heart and bringing joy. With sing-songy rhymes and detailed pictures, this picture book is a fun Christmas-time read. We love pouring over the pictures and seeing all of the fun little details.

18. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin–

It’s preschoolers’ favorite story character, Pete the Cat! This time Pete has lend a paw to Santa who is too sick to deliver the presents! This is one of the original Pete the Cat stories and has great rhymes and a fantastic message of giving your all. I love that this book reinforces the idea to little kids that you don’t have to be big to make a huge impact! As it says in the story, “Small is Cool!”

Samurai Santa

19. Samurai Santa: a very ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk–

My son is obsessed with this book! He loves the epic snowball fight. This book is a lot of fun and captures the excitement of a good snowball fight. It’s ninjas vs. a snowman army led by a samurai, who turns out to be Santa in disguise, making this the best Christmas present ever for little Yuki.

20. Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins–

We love the Mother Bruce series and just adore Bruce, the grumpy bear, the clueless geese, and the happy-go-lucky mice. In this Christmas book of mistaken identity, the woodland animals think that Bruce is Santa! The illustrations throughout the book will crack your kids up!  Since all of the animals think they told Santa their wishes, Bruce, the geese, and the mice set to make sure everyone gets something for Christmas!

Stick Man

21. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson–

Julia Donaldson is one of my family’s favorite authors! My husband randomly chants, “Oh Stick Man, oh Stick Man, it’s me. How I long to be home in the family tree!” Can you tell we’ve read this one a lot!?! Stick Man gets separated from his family and longs to go home. Travel along with Stick Man on his crazy journey, as one thing after another keeps him from making his way back to the family tree. On Christmas Eve, Santa arrives to grant Stick Man’s wish and takes him back to him family. The rhymes and repetition really hooked my son and he couldn’t wait to see what happened to Stick Man.

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

22. Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Petr Horacek–

I love this book about Suzy Goose who wants a star for the top of the animals’ Christmas tree. Suzy sees bright star, high in the sky, and no one can stop her from trying every possible way to get it! Preschoolers love telling Suzy that her ideas won’t work. Though all hope seems lost as Suzy loses her way, her animal friends guide her home where she finds the perfect star. This beautifully illustrated story captures the magic of the season and strength of hope.

Little Unicorn's Christmas

23. Little Unicorn’s Christmas by Rhiannon Fielding —

My son and I love the Ten Minutes to Bed series! In this Christmas edition, Santa needs Twinkle, the little unicorn, help to deliver presents. With only ten minutes until bed, Twinkle and Santa combine their magic to zip around the world and deliver presents. Kids will love this rhyming, brightly colored book and be delighted by Twinkle’s cuteness! Twinkle makes it home with one minute to spare and gets into bed right on time. When she wakes up the next morning, there’s a special present just for her.

Tough Cookie

24. Tough Cookie: a Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway–

This book is so funny! Get ready to laugh your way through this updated gingerbread man story, featuring a tough cookie. Cookie claims to be a delicious sugar cookie, but he isn’t sweet and cookie isn’t fast. Cookie taunts Fox, who immediately catches Cookie. Fox tries to take a bite, but hurts his tooth! What a tough cookie! An unlikely friendship forms between the two and Fox sets out to help Cookie be his best cookie-self in this hilarious picture book.

You Are My Merry

25. You are My Merry by Marianne Richmond–

This a lovely story for a parent to read to their child. Each page reaffirms a parent’s love for their child, highlighting different aspects of how special their child is to them. Read these sweet rhymes and nurturing words while cuddling close with your little one this Christmas season.

Christmas Tree

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Animals, Christmas

Reindeer Stories

reindeer stories

Here are fourteen reindeer stories to share with your preschooler this Christmas season. The stories are funny, sweet, and teach us about reindeers! Check out my list of ELF stories and SANTA books too 🙂

14 Reindeer Stories:

Olive, the Other Reindeer

1. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh–

This is my son’s favorite reindeer story! I can’t even keep track of how many times we have read this book! This is a really cute story about a dog named Olive who hears the Christmas song saying, “All of the other reindeer,” and mistakenly thinks the song is about her. It’s almost Christmas so Olive heads out to the North Pole to report for reindeer duty! Turns out a little dog is just what Santa needed this year. Check this one out from your library and learn how Olive helps save the day!

The Littlest Reindeer

2. The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty–

Why we like it — it’s a sweet story and shows that everyone can contribute, no matter how small! Dot the reindeer, the smallest reindeer in the North Pole, wants to learn how to fly. Unfortunately her little legs just couldn’t take off. Feeling sad that she’s too little to fly Santa’s sleigh, Dot finds a present that dropped out of Santa’s sack. She tries as hard as she can to take flight and begins to fly! Dot reached Santa and landed in his sleigh, returning the present! Check out the companion book: The Littlest Elf.

How to Catch a Reindeer

3. How to Catch a Reindeer by Alice Walstead–

This rhyming story is told by Comet from Santa’s team. Santa’s reindeer have a rough job of avoiding all of the traps set by the kids on Christmas Eve. Dodging flying ornaments, avoiding fake Santas, and various other traps, Comet has so much fun grooving and dancing through the neighborhood. Time is up and there are more homes to visit so Comet and the rest of the reindeer say goodbye to kids and wish them a Merry Christmas. A few reindeer facts are included at the end of the story!

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

4. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett —

Ever wonder who trains the reindeer for Santa? Well it’s Teeka’s job! Read along as Teeka tries to get the energetic reindeer to follow her directions. Teeka didn’t realize that they reindeer had their own likes and dislikes and she didn’t take their feelings into consideration. This lead to a lot of problems for Teeka as the reindeer were upset, they crashed into each, strained their muscles, and just didn’t fly like a Christmas team. Teeka learned that yelling and demanding wasn’t helping. She needed to be kind and considerate of the reindeers’ feelings and lend a helping hand. Teeka’s change in attitude improved the reindeers’ training and soon everyone was ready to fly Santa’s sleigh.

Reindeer Helper

5. Reindeer Helper (Uni the Unicorn) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal–

When one of Santa’s reindeer gets lost, it is up to Uni the Unicorn to find it and help it get back to Santa! Combing unicorn and reindeer magic, Uni and the reindeer work together to catch up to Santa’s sleigh. With the sleigh missing a reindeer, it was off balance and Santa was losing presents. Good thing Uni is here! Uni and the reindeer deliver the missing presents and the lost reindeer is reunited with Santa!

Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer

6. Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer by Diane Alber–

My 5 year old loves this book! It has humor, sparkly magic, and Christmas, so what’s not to love! The little girl in the story gets a reindeer for her birthday, but the new reindeer and her pet unicorn aren’t getting along. Each tries to outdo the other! In the end, they put aside their feud to help Santa deliver presents 🙂

I'm a Reindeer

7. I’m a Reindeer by Mallory Loehr–

This book provides reindeer facts for your readers. Did you know that reindeer are already up and running when they are only 2 hours old?!? With cute pictures of reindeer, this book is anything but boring. Read this one with preschoolers who want to learn more about reindeers.

Tiny Reindeer

8. Tiny Reindeer by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros–

In this sweet Christmas story, an extremely small reindeer name Tiny is feeling sad because he is too small to help pull Santa’s sleigh. Meanwhile there is a sad little girl wishing for a small reindeer to pull the little wooden sleigh her grandfather made her. Here’s a chance for Tiny to make a big difference in someone’s life by helping the little girl! I love the moral of the story that there is always a way to help others despite our own limitations. Preschoolers will enjoy the artwork and laugh at the pictures of this super small reindeer trying to do ordinary things like eat out of an average-sized food dish.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen–

No reindeer list would be complete without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! In this story (based on the movie), Rudolph is excluded from the other reindeer because his glowing red nose makes him different. What these other reindeer learn to understand is that our differences are actually assets, not hindrances. Rudolph and his nose save the day when a dense fog rolls in and none of the other reindeer can see where they are flying.

Reindeers are Better than People

10. Reindeers are Better than People (Disney’s Frozen) by Disney Books–

This short and sweet, rhyming board book is an ode to Sven, Kristoff’s best friend from the movie Frozen. Each page features a different character from the movie and highlights something great about them, but concludes that Sven is the best. The board book has fuzzy antlers that stick off the top, so as you turn the page, it looks like each person (or snowperson) has antlers! The book is adorable and perfect for little Frozen fans

The Little Reindeer

11. The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen—

Little Ollie, dressed in her reindeer pajamas, awakens to jingling bells outside her window. She heads outside into the snow to follow the sound, where she finds a real reindeer looking for it’s missing jingle bell collar. Ollie finds the collar abs then she and the reindeer soar up into the sky and back to Ollie’s house. Little Ollie goes back to bed while the reindeer returns to Santa’s sleigh. The lovely pictures of Ollie and the reindeer are soothing and perfect for bedtime read-alouds.

Never Ever Race a Reindeer

12. Never Ever Race a Reindeer by Adam Wallace & Mary Nhin–

Read this rhyming story to learn why you shouldn’t race a reindeer. In addition to being very competitive, reindeer will do anything to win, even cheating! I love the moral that cheaters never prosper as the reindeer ultimately end up losing the race to the children. Check your library for this story so you and your child can giggle together over the reindeers’ antics!

13. Reindeer in Here by Adam Reed–

This is an adorable rhyming story about a little reindeer with mismatched antlers. The little reindeer shows up as an early Christmas gift from Santa to encourage children to celebrate their own differences like just like the litter reindeer and its friends! While telling the story of Santa’s early Christmas days, little reindeer lets us in on a secret, Santa sends helpers (like the reindeer) to learn children’s real Christmas wishes and report back. The book and the plush toy come together so your little one can also have an early gift from Santa!

Santa's Story

14. Santa’s Story by Will Hillenbrand–

My son gives this book 2 thumbs up! He loves the pictures and liked that each reindeer got its own page that told about them. Not only did we learn something unique about each reindeer, but we learned the reindeers’ Christmas Eve tradition of gathering together to hear Santa read The Night Before Christmas.

Little Tikes Rescue Tales Reindeer Pup
This cute pup reminded me of Olive!

Thank you for checking out my list of reindeer stories for preschoolers! I hope you enjoy these books! I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

Reindeer Crafts

Paper Chain Reindeer: glue construction paper strips together to form a chain and add a cute reindeer face to the top chain.

Candy Cane Reindeer: make a cute and yummy candy reindeer by adding pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes, and a pompom nose!

Animals

Books About Polar Bears

My son went through a polar bear and penguin phase where he wanted to learn all about them. I searched for polar bear books at our library and made a list of our favorite ones. My son thinks polar are so cute, so great illustrations was a big criteria for selection!

Books about polar bears

8 Polar Bear Books:

A Polar Bear in the Snow

1. A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett–

My son really enjoys Mac Barnett’s stories! In this story we get to follow a polar bear on an adventure across a beautiful snow landscape. Sparse text filled with questions to the reader will keep preschoolers engaged. Shawn Harris’ paper collage images are awesome and wonderfully capture the bear’s journey.

Olaf and the Three Polar Bears

2. Olaf and the Three Polar Bears by Caliope Glass–

It’s no secret that I love Olaf so we had to read to this one! This story is a new take on the classic folktale Goldilocks and the Three Bears featuring Olaf instead of Goldilocks. One day when Olaf was out exploring the woods of Arendelle with Anna and Else, when he got separated from his friends. He came across a cottage and goes in to see if the owners could help him find his friends. Instead of getting into mischief like Goldilocks would have done, Olaf is is his usual loveable self and ends up making friends with the bears!

Little Penguin's New friend

3. Little Penguin’s New Friend by Tadgh Bentley–

This book is great because it has both a penguin and a polar bear to make my child doubly happy. In this story, a polar bear is coming to visit the penguins’ home! All of the penguins are worried, except for Little Penguin, are worried because they have heard horrible things about polar bears! Yikes! Little Penguin isn’t so sure that these stories are true, and is determined to find out for himself if polar bears are really so terrible. This funny story and great moral of don’t believe everything you hear makes it a great choice for reading to your little one. 

The Three Snow Bears

4. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett–

In this arctic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, author Jan Brett creates a beautiful snowy story. Aloo-ki enters the polar bears’ igloo while they are out and then eats their soup, tries on their boots, and takes a nap in baby polar bear’s bed. Meanwhile, the polar bear family are rescuing Aloo-ki’s sled dogs. Preschoolers will love Jan Brett’s artwork and the cute bears.

The Snow Rocket

5. The Snow Rocket by Derek Anderson–

Friends Romeo and Lou build a rocket out of snow that magically comes to life and flies them far away from home! They land in a city and mistake the new people, animals, and things that discover for more familiar home creatures: penguins, seals, walruses, and fish! The mistaken identities will make kids laugh as the two friends make their way through the city in search of a new rocket ship to take them home. When they are beginning to lose hope, Romeo and Lou board a cargo ship and make a rocket out of cardboard boxes and set off! Kids might just want to make a rocket of their own after reading this!

Polar Bear's Underwear

6. Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera–

Polar has lost his underwear! His friend mouse helps him search. They spot lots of underwear, but none of them are Polar Bear’s. This book features fun cut outs that show a glimpse of the undies featured in the next page. Preschoolers will enjoy guessing whether these are Polar Bear’s or not. Just when Mouse and Polar Bear are about to give up, Polar Bear remembers that he’s wearing white underwear! It’s camouflaged in his fur— silly bear!

Polar Bear Babies

7. Polar Bear Babies by Susan Ring —

Learn about the survival skills baby polar bears need for life in the harsh arctic in this short book. The babies need to learn to swim, catch fish, and run around the snow. The cute images of the baby bears greatly appealed to my son.

Forever

8. Forever by Emma Dodd–

While this story is more of an ode to mother’s love for her child, it does feature polar bears. The rhyming text and the cute pictures of polar bears were enough to make my child happy. I loved the sweet message that a parent’s love is forever and will always be there.

Disclaimer:

I hope you enjoy these books about polar bears! My son really liked all of these books. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂