When the snow starts to fall, my kids and I can’t help but think about what the reindeers might be doing — getting ready for Christmas. You’re kids are going to love these reindeer books — perfect for the season.
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Reindeer Books for the Season
The Christmas Wish: This is by far one of our favorite holiday reindeer books — a perfect book pull out every year and savor! Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, extraordinary photographs, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Little Golden Book): Children ages 3-6 will love to read this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of the other reindeer make fun of Rudolph and won’t let him play in their reindeer games because he’s different. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to the rescue with his wonderful shiny red nose.
Olive, the Other Reindeer: Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry. Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.
The Little Reindeer: Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red. An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts. When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget.
Reindeer (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals): Explore the polar region, one of the most extreme environments on Earth, by following a reindeer through its day as it eats, sleeps, and cares for its young. Reindeer, by Katie Marsico, introduces readers to the behaviors, traits, and habitat of this fascinating animal with supportive text features including a labeled body map of the reindeer and further resources. With its accessible text and fast facts, this book is sure to captivate young animal lovers!
The Night Before Christmas Pop-up: Award winner Robert Sabuda brings Clement Clarke Moore’s classic tale of The Night Before Christmas to life in this festive pop-up edition, sure to become a perennial family favorite.
The 12 Sleighs of Christmas: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and the celebrated illustrator of Michael Chabon’s The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, team up for spirited vehicular silliness and classic Christmas cheer in this turbo-charged read-aloud destined to become a holiday classic. When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild – and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!
The Wild Christmas Reindeer: For two decades, readers have loved this classic Christmas story, which was one of the first children’s books to hit the New York Times bestseller list. Now, this beautiful 20th anniversary edition, with a foil cover and a heartfelt note from Jan herself, makes a perfect introduction for new fans to this cherished yuletide story. Featuring the wintry northern setting and the border illustrations that have become a hallmark of Jan’s work, readers will love watching Teeka’s humorous attempts to control the rambunctious reindeer in time for their Christmas run.
The Reindeer Wish: When Anja discovers an abandoned reindeer baby in the woods, she cares for it and raises it as her own. They become dear friends and have many adventures together, but as the reindeer grows he wishes to rejoin his kind. So Anja leads him to join the greatest reindeer of all—those of Santa’s sled team.
A New Reindeer Friend (Disney Frozen): Anna and Elsa are preparing for their kingdom’s very first royal ball! Children ages 2 to 5 will love reading how the royal sisters head outside to find flowers for their party and end up rescuing a baby reindeer—with help from Olaf! This brand-new Little Golden Book stars the characters from the award–winning movie Disney’s Frozen.
Bob: I have a tiny reindeer. He says his name is Bob. The winsome tale of Bob opens this book of seven Boynton Christmas stories.
The Great Reindeer Rebellion: This playful take on “The Night Before Christmas” gives kids a fun behind-the-scenes peek into Santa’s workshop. Oh, no! There’s trouble brewing in the North Pole: Santa’s reindeer have gone on strike and he’s auditioning other animals to take their place. But when the cats abandon station to chase some mice and the elephants fall through the roof, what’s Santa to do? Will his eight trusty reindeer ever fly again?
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