By: Betty P.
10 min read
Reviewed By: Leanne R.
Published on: Dec 21, 2023
Ever feel torn between having fun during the holidays and keeping up with school stuff? We totally get it!
But no worries! We've got the perfect solution.
In this blog, we've rounded up some awesome books that are like a holiday for your brain—fun and smart at the same time.
Imagine putting aside those boring textbooks and grabbing hold of stories that take you to cool places or teach you interesting stuff. Our special book list turns your holiday into a mix of chill time and brain-boosting fun.
From exciting stories that grab your attention to cool facts that make you go "wow," these books will make your holidays super cool.
Let’s dive in!
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1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Meet the Grinch, a grumpy guy from Whoville who hates Christmas fun. He plots to ruin the holiday for everyone in town by stealing all their gifts and decorations. But as he sneaks around, something unexpected happens. The Grinch discovers that Christmas means more than just stuff—it's about something special that touches the heart. Dr. Seuss's playful words and funny pictures make this story a super fun read. It shows us that kindness and joy can turn even the grumpiest Grinch into someone who loves celebrating Christmas with friends and family.
2. The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
It's Christmas Eve, and Santa is getting ready for the most important night of the year. He's busy polishing his sleigh and making sure everything shines and sparkles. Santa takes extra care of his reindeer, feeding them tasty berries and parsnips to keep them strong and happy. But here's the really awesome part—Santa knows exactly what every kid wishes for on Christmas!
As the clock strikes midnight, Santa and his reindeer zoom into the sky, spreading the joy and magic of Christmas to kids all around the world. It's a fantastic story full of twinkling lights, happy surprises, and the incredible magic that makes Christmas so special.
3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Jump on "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg for an awesome ride to the North Pole! On a snowy Christmas Eve, a kid goes on a super cool train trip to visit Santa Claus. The best part? Meeting Santa himself! And guess what? Santa gives a special gift to those who truly believe in magic.
With Chris Van Allsburg's awesome pictures and a heartwarming story, "The Polar Express" is a classic Christmas adventure that shows how fun it is to imagine and believe in the magic of Christmas.
4. My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Get ready for some holiday romance in "My New Crush Gave to Me" by Shani Petroff. Meet Charlie, a high school student with a plan to catch the attention of her crush during the festive season. Follow Charlie on a bunch of fun and Christmassy dates as she tries to make her holiday dreams come true. Along the way, she discovers the real magic of the season and, who knows, maybe even finds a little love. Shani Petroff brings us a sweet and funny story that's perfect for anyone who loves a good holiday romance. Get ready for a cute love story sprinkled with holiday cheer!
5. How to Catch an Elf
Join the fun in "How to Catch an Elf," a book by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. In this hilarious story, a group of kids decides to catch one of Santa's elves. Watch as the kids come up with clever traps and use their imagination to outsmart the playful elf. Will they manage to catch the tricky little guy, or does the elf have some surprises up his sleeve?
With colorful pictures and a funny story, "How to Catch an Elf" is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good laugh and a bit of holiday mischief.
6. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Get ready for a touching story in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. Meet Jim and Della, a young couple facing tough times during the holidays. In a beautiful act of love, Jim and Della decide to give up their most treasured possessions to get special gifts for each other. The story unfolds with surprises, showing us what true generosity and love really mean.
7. Amelia Bedelia Wraps It Up by Herman Parish
Read about Amelia Bedelia in "Amelia Bedelia Wraps It Up" by Herman Parish. She has a funny way of doing things, especially when it comes to wrapping presents for a special celebration. Follow along as Amelia Bedelia takes simple instructions and turns them into silly and amusing moments. From ribbons to bows, her unique way of wrapping presents will make you giggle. If you enjoy stories with a bit of humor and holiday fun, "Amelia Bedelia Wraps It Up" is the perfect book for you.
8. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Join the Ingalls family in "Christmas in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder as they get ready for a special Christmas in their snug log cabin. Follow along with Laura as she shares the simple joys of a pioneer Christmas in the big woods of Wisconsin.
Discover the magic of handmade gifts, the coziness of the fireplace, and the happiness of family traditions. As the snow falls outside, the Ingalls family creates wonderful memories in this sweet story.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's beautiful words make you feel like you're right there in the woods, making "Christmas in the Big Woods" a perfect read for those who love warm and nostalgic holiday tales.
9. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
Read "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" by Laura Numeroff for a funny and festive adventure. When you take a mouse to the movies, get ready for lots of silly and exciting things to happen!
From munching on popcorn to decorating a tree, each step leads to another, making a chain of fun events. With Laura Numeroff's cool storytelling and Felicia Bond's funny pictures, this book is a playful journey full of surprises and holiday happiness. If you like stories that make you laugh and feel festive, this one with a mouse is just perfect!
10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
In "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, meet a boy and a tree who share a special friendship. As the boy grows up, the tree gives him everything – apples, branches, and even its trunk – just to make him happy. This story is all about love, generosity, and the joy of giving. With Shel Silverstein's easy-to-understand words and cool drawings, "The Giving Tree" teaches us important things about being kind and sharing with others. It's a sweet and touching tale that shows how love and giving can make life truly special.
11. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Stick Man is just a regular stick, but he goes on a super fun adventure. People mistake him for different things, and he ends up being part of lots of cool activities.
With Julia Donaldson's easy-to-understand words and Axel Scheffler's colorful pictures, this book is a funny and exciting journey. "Stick Man" shows us that even a simple stick can have big adventures and lots of surprises. If you like stories with fun and unexpected twists, Stick Man's Adventure is perfect for you!
12. The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The Gruffalo's Child is a curious and brave little one who goes on a big adventure into the deep, dark woods to find the Big Bad Mouse her parent told her about. With Julia Donaldson's easy-to-read words and Axel Scheffler's colorful pictures, this story is full of excitement and surprises. The Gruffalo's Child meets different creatures in the woods, but the big question is: Will she discover the mysterious Big Bad Mouse?
13. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
In "Olivia Helps with Christmas" by Ian Falconer, join the spirited Olivia as she dives into the festive season with her unique flair. Eager to make Christmas perfect, Olivia takes charge and lends a helping hoof in various holiday preparations.
With Ian Falconer's fun words and lively pictures, the story unfolds with Olivia's hilarious attempts to contribute to the holiday festivities. From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, Olivia's energetic spirit and creative solutions add a dash of humor to the Christmas celebrations.
"Olivia Helps with Christmas" is a delightful tale that captures the joy and chaos of holiday preparations through the eyes of the lovable Olivia.
14. The Night Before Christmas by Charles Santore
Get ready for a magical story in "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Charles Santore. It's all about Santa's visit on Christmas Eve. As kids are tucked in bed, Santa arrives with his reindeer and a sleigh full of presents.
With Charles Santore's beautiful pictures, the story becomes even more exciting. The classic poem by Clement C. Moore tells the tale of Santa's happy journey, spreading joy and gifts to everyone.
"The Night Before Christmas" is a special book that brings the wonder of Christmas to life. It's a fantastic read for kids and grown-ups alike, making the holiday season even more joyful and festive.
15. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long
Get ready for some holiday fun in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" illustrated by Laurel Long. This book is all about a special song that counts down the days to Christmas with cool and silly gifts.
With Laurel Long's colorful pictures, you'll see partridges in pear trees, lords a-leaping, and lots of other funny presents. It's like a festive countdown with each page bringing something new and exciting.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a cheerful and lively book that makes the holiday song come to life. It's a perfect read to get into the spirit of Christmas and enjoy the excitement of the season.
So, that's the end of our holiday book journey!
We've looked at lots of cool stories perfect for students during Christmas break.
From the funny adventures of StickMan to the heartwarming lessons in "The Gift of the Magi," there's something for everyone.
So, take a break from schoolwork, grab a cozy spot, and dive into the joy of these amazing reads. As the snow falls and the smell of hot cocoa fills the air, remember that the best part of the season is sharing stories and making memories.
Betty is a freelance writer and researcher. She has a Masters in literature and enjoys providing writing services to her clients. Betty is an avid reader and loves learning new things. She has provided writing services to clients from all academic levels and related academic fields.