Deciding on our book pick for December was a bit of a challenge because there were so many great titles from which to choose. One of our teens recommended Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol (a book he is currently reading as part of a class requirement), because it fits so well with the December-Christmas theme. Another teen suggested we shift our focus to a more contemporary title. She recommended a family favorite, Grandma’s Christmas Legacy, the Testimony of the Tree by Casey Schutrop. Many other great titles were tossed around. However, after careful and thorough consideration, the team decided on Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, and Irene Dunlap.
I must say, “there is more treasure in this book than in all the Pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.” It is jam-packed with heartwarming, true stories (twenty-five to be exact, one for each day in December through Christmas Day) that will truly melt the heart and warm the soul. Through these stories, “kids will learn about the ‘angels among us’ who give selflessly to those in need; they’ll learn that sometimes the best gifts aren’t bought at a store; they’ll discover that giving to others can be more joyous than getting everything on their list; and both kids and adults will find these stories wonderful reminders of the true meaning of Christmas and make this book a cherished reading tradition for generations to come.” This book is truly a Christmas treasure, one you can either keep, give as a gift, or both.
We’d love to hear about books that have become a part of your family’s holiday reading tradition. What would be your holiday pick? Please leave a comment or two below. For more on holiday reading traditions, see our previous blog post, Thanks & Giving: All Year Long . Happy Reading!
By: Dawn Hoff, Book Kids