Divya Purandar is a practising advocate, wife to an IT professional and mom to an eight year old brat. She began blogging at One Story a Day: Reliving Childhood while living in the US as she was fascinated by the world of children’s books. The blog gave her a platform to share her reading adventures while offering a brief review of the book in question. She has also reviewed children’s books for other parenting blogs and forums. What started out as a penning down of reading experiences with her little one has turned into a journey of self discovery and a sounding board for Divya’s parental musings.
For ParentEdge, Divya will be reviewing and recommending different kinds of children’s books.
I cannot believe that we are already onto December this year! December is special for various reasons – December signals the onset of winter, which ranges from mild to severe depending on which part of the country one resides in, and thus is touted as one of the best times for travel around tropical destinations. December is a month to reflect on the events in the year that has gone by, and may be plan for what’s to be in store in the year ahead! Well, December also is a time to get into the spirit of Christmas and lose oneself in its trappings. Whether one celebrates Christmas or not at home, you cannot miss the season’s specialties – the carol singing at a near-by church or at a neighbour’s house, star mounted houses, malls and restaurants with Christmas decorations, sinful Christmas treats galore at bakeries or Santa sightings that excite not just the little ones – the fa-la-la fun is everywhere!!!
So how about a few Christmas reads to get warmed up for the Christmas season?
For 3-6 year olds
Besides the regular Christmas reads such as “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” by Patricia Scarry or “The Night before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore or “The Polar Express” Chris Van Allsburg or any of the Christmas specials with popular children’s books’ characters, I came across the vintage Little Golden book series on Christmas stories brought out by Random House Publications. With as many as six titles centered around Christmas, this series is ideal for younger kids to get acquainted with the story of how Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem in “The Christmas Story” by Jane Werner and Eloise Wilken, or the story of the dark horse reindeer named Rudolph who became Santa’s guiding light in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Rick Bunsen and Arkadia, or a story with a Disney twist in “Disney’s Mickey Mouse Flies the Christmas Mail” by Annie North Bedford, and the story of how animals welcomed baby Jesus in “Animals’ Christmas Eve” by Gale Wiersum and Alexandra Steel Morgan. This classic series throws light on the spirit and meaning of Christmas with the aid of poetic texts and simple yet charming illustrations that are sure to engage your little one!