In the lead up to the holidays, it can seem like every channel has a collection of TV shows, movies and classic claymation specials to watch. Did you know that many of those Christmas classics have amazing book companions? Why not take an evening and read them with the family before diving into the screen? Here is a list of well-known shows and their literary inspiration. See you at the library!
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
This classic cartoon is based on the long-running Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and has been made into a book over and over in its 50 plus years. Comics and graphic novels are a great way to interest kids in reading.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This beautifully written and illustrated 1985 classic came to life in the 2004 animated movie featuring the voice of Tom Hanks. Adults and children alike will delight in its message that Santa is real, as long as you truly believe.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
This story has a book, an animated tv special and two full-length feature films. With the variety of adaptations, everyone is sure to find a version of the Grinch they can enjoy.
The music of The Nutcracker is awash with nostalgia, and the ballet has its roots in stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas. Watch the ballet with your family and work together to explain what you think is happening on stage. Explaining the stage production without the assistance of dialogue helps kids practice storytelling, plot structure and more. Then follow up with one of the books to get the full story.