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The nights are getting darker, and temperatures continue to drop, which means winter is coming! Is there anything better during the winter than cozying up in a warm bed with a great book? Actually, there is: Cozying up in bed with your grandbabies AND a good read-aloud!
While you cannot go wrong with anything you read with your grands, I wanted to share a few of my favorites that make for the coziest November nights. Grab some tea or hot cocoa, and let’s begin:
1. “Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
For your younger grandbabies, there is no story that is quite as wholesome as “Bear Says Thanks.” As the title suggests, “Bear Says Thanks” is a heartwarming tale about a bear who learns the significance of gratitude while planning a feast with his forest friends. The story is lovely, and so are the illustrations, making for a perfect read-aloud.
2. “The Little Yellow Leaf” by Carin Berger
Now, here’s a tale that beautifully captures the essence of change. In “The Little Yellow Leaf,” a small, brave leaf isn’t quite ready to descend from its tree branch, even as autumn advances. It’s an enchanting story about courage and change, with illustrations that captivate you and your grandbabies.
3. “In November” by Cynthia Rylant
November is a month of transformation and family gatherings, and Cynthia Rylant’s “In November” paints this picture with poetic elegance. As you turn each page, you’ll journey through the month’s intimate moments, making it a delightful read to share with your favorite kiddos.
4. “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame
Talk about a classic that has withstood the test of time! “The Wind in the Willows” introduces iconic characters like Mr. Toad and Mole, who embark on adventures that are equal parts whimsical and funny. The charm of the riverside and the camaraderie between friends make it an endearing read for any cozy evening.
5. “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street” by Karina Yan Glaser
Set against the backdrop of the holiday season, “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street” invites you into the heartwarming quest of the Vanderbeeker siblings as they rally together to save their home. The family dynamics, humor, and touching moments make it a story that’s sure to resonate.
6. “The Thanksgiving Story” by Alice Dalgliesh
Travel back in time with “The Thanksgiving Story” and see the first Thanksgiving through the eyes of the Hopkins family. It’s a tale of perseverance, hope, and, of course, gratitude, making it an incredible story to revisit each November.
7. “November Blues” by Sharon M. Draper
For the slightly older grands, “November Blues” offers a poignant narrative that delves deep into themes of love, loss, and the journey toward healing. It’s an emotionally resonant tale that fosters thoughtful discussions.
8. “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater
Venture to the island of Thisby for the thrilling and legendary Scorpio Races! “The Scorpio Races” is a story filled with bravery, tradition, and fantastical elements that will keep you and your grandkids on the edge of your seat.
9. “Autumn Street” by Lois Lowry
Travel with your older grandkids into a time during World War II with “Autumn Street.” Lois Lowry (one of my favorite authors!) crafts a poignant story of family, friendship, and the inevitability of change.
10. “Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner
As the snowy blanket covers the land, “Over and Under the Snow” takes you on a journey to uncover the bustling life beneath. It’s a mesmerizing read that beautifully bridges the gap between autumn’s end and winter’s beginning.
Reading with our grandchildren not only sparks imagination and fosters a love for literature but also creates unforgettable moments that warm our hearts, especially during the cool November nights. Happy reading!