With the winter holidays approaching and time off from school, families have more time to read together. We all know the great Christmas classics (i.e. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Polar Express), but there are a slate of relatively new beautiful Christmas and Hannukah books that bring the magic of the holidays to life for our children. Some of our family favorites are described below in order of age appropriateness. So, snuggle up by the fire, and get ready to read! Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson (ages 2-5) Author Karma Wilson’s books about Bear always teach young children what it means to be a good friend. This time, Bear’s animal friends try to keep him from hibernating through Christmas so that he can experience it.