The Best Christmas Read Alouds

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Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas

Discuss all the rotten things Ralph
did and then have your students write
about what they think was Ralph's most rotten moment!

Christmas ABC

After reading this
book, have your
class brainstorm holiday words.
Give each student
a large construction paper Christmas tree
with the letters: C, H, R, I, S, T, M, A, S 
printed vertically.  Have students fill in
Christmas words that begin with those letters:

  The Littlest Christmas Tree:
A Tale of Growing & Becoming

The 12 Bugs of Christmas:
A Pop-Up Christmas Counting Book

Santa's New Suit

How Santa Lost His Job

The Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats

Boardbook - bigbook / Hardcover / paperback

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Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburgh (Houghton Mifflin 1985)

Get the hardback / Get the tape / Get the gift pack

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  Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
by Jan Brett

Auntie Claus

The Night Before Christmas : Poem

get the tape/ hardback/paperback

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Christmas Thematic Unit

My First Christmas Activity Book

Celebrate the Winter Hoidays: Sensational Activities & Helpful Background Information That Help Kids Learn About & Appreciate Five Important holidays

Christmas Crafts : Merry Things to Make

175 Easy-To-Do Christmas Crafts

Fresh & Fun: December (Grades K-2)

Celebrate Christmas Around the World

Make the smell of the holidays
come alive in your classroom!
I love Yankee and they make many candles
that would be great to light
during a holiday story or during a holiday writing activity. (Christmas Cookies,
Mistletoe, Christmas Eve, Gingerbread... to name a few)
It will help your students use their sense of smell.
Not to mention, these make great Christmas gifts for teachers!

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  The Christmas Kitten by Vivian French

Laura's Christmas Star by Klaus Baumgart

Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

  Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Uncle Vova's Tree by Patricia Polacco

Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini

Jingle, the Christmas Clown by Tomie dePaola    

The Christmas Crocodile by Bonny Becker

The Christmas Alphabet by Robert Sabuda

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

Mrs. Santa Claus by Penny Ives

The Best Christmas Present of All by Linda Jennings

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
by Susan Wojciechowski

Christmas On Exeter Street by Diana Hendry

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: an Appalachian Story
by Gloria Houston, pictures by Barbara Cooney.