Before my sister-in-law gave this book to one of my boys, I'd never heard of it. It wasn't long, though, before it became one of our favorites.
Elise Primavera writes a fun story of the mysterious Auntie Claus, who lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel. Her niece, Sophie, is curious about her eccentricities and her snooping leads her on a fantastic adventure. The illustrations are terrific and the story is fun with a twist. It's a perfect read this time of year, but I like it so much that we keep it out all year round.
Santa Mouse. Something about this simple story and sweet illustrations stuck in my head from childhood. I remember reading this book again and again. When my turn came to be the mom reading Christmas stories, I hunted it down. We look forward to it every year.
Olivia helps with Christmas is a classic! I absolutely love this book, from Olivia's insistence that her father not build a fire in the fireplace ("DADDY! WHAT COULD YOU BE THINKING? DO YOU WANT TO COOK SANTA?!") to her helpful decorating, which includes "finding" a little tree. Curiously, the top of their "real" tree is missing. This holiday story of the privileged, sassy pig brings joy every time we read it.