While this holiday season will undoubtedly look different because of social distancing protocols, one thing that doesn’t have to change is the magic of reading holiday classics together. Help your kids feel a welcome sense of familiarity (and create some great new memories in the process) by making some hot chocolate and sitting down to read both classics and new favorites alike. Here are some of our favorite books to read with your kids this holiday season.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Published in 2019, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story has already won several awards and is well on its way to becoming a classic. Highlighting the story of a modern-day family preparing bread that is rooted in Native American history, this book helps kids understand more about the relationship between food and tradition. It’s also a great book to read around Thanksgiving to help introduce your kids to Native American culture.

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Written in a rhyming format similar to The Night Before Christmas, this book tells the story of a family preparing an unforgettable holiday feast. They even get to watch a parade and enjoy three kinds of pie! This book is sure to be a favorite for kids who love poetry and will become a new family tradition to read on before Thanksgiving.

The Story of Chanukah

There’s no better way to introduce your kids to Hanukkah than by reading them The Story of Hanukkah, which celebrates an ancient miracle in a simple yet striking way. Reimagined as a parody of one of America’s favorite bedtime stories, Goodnight Bubbala is a story about a little Jewish bunny that prepares for bed. There’s dancing, kvelling, and noshing…all the steps necessary to celebrate Jewish traditions with your kids. The book even includes a latke recipe you can try making together.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

If your family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah (or if you just want to introduce your kids to the beauty of both traditions), Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama is a must-read book. The book provides an informative yet engaging look at a young girl who gets to experience the joy of a blended celebration, from candy canes hanging on menorah branches to latkes on the mantel.

Christmas Around the World

From palm trees to snow, Christmas can look a lot of different ways depending on where you live. Help your kids envision what a tropical holiday would be like by reading Hawaiian Christmas Day, where the day includes a beach trip, hula dance, and Santa in a red canoe. The Hawaiian Snowman is another heartwarming island story. Your kids will love the story about how the heroic snowman helps others. Christmas in Lagos is a great way to show your kids how people celebrate on the other side of the globe, from concerts to Christmas carols.