illustration by David Sturge from book A Moose Goes a-Mummering cover
You’ve probably read The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas a million times. Maybe you’re looking for something new to read for Christmas. Here’s a look at some of the best holiday books that Canada has to offer.
By Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, art by Vladyana Krykorka
A uniquely Canadian story about Inuit children “smack dab on the Arctic Circle” who are perplexed by a delivery of six spindly green things that they’ve never seen before. In a place where there isn’t a single tree to be found, the boys decide to use the unusual things as baseball bats.
By Lisa Dalrymple, illustrated by David Sturge
A great east coast version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. When Chris Moose tries to go mummering (a Newfoundland Christmas tradition where friends dress in disguise and go door to door, visiting neighbours, who try to guess who they are), everyone seems to be able to figure out who he is! The disguises get more and more hilariously elaborate with each visit.
By Barbara Reid
Barbara Reid recreates the famous poem, The Night Before Christmas with her stunning plasticine artwork featuring a sweet little mouse family in incredibly detailed illustrations. You may have heard the story many times before, but you’ve never seen it done quite this way.
By Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmerman
Three books featuring familiar stories with a distinctly Canadian twist. Each of these books is clever and will have you singing along to lines like “nine loons canoeing, eight Mounties munching” until your parents beg you to stop. Or join in the fun too.
By Linda Bailey, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout
See Christmas in a completely different way by finding out what Santa was like waaaay before he turned into the man we know and love today. Once upon a time, he was a baby with a big, booming voice and a habit of giving away his birthday presents.
By Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Cale Atkinson
What if Santa stopped believing in YOU? A funny look at a Santa who WANTS to believe in Harold but who just isn’t sure he really exists.
By Elly MacKay
Magically illustrated with paper-cut artwork that show a girls first experience seeing The Nutcracker ballet. Told without words, you’ll love telling the story in your own words every single time you read it.
By Sharon Jennings, illustrated by Gillian Newland
Celebrate the beauty of both Christmas and Chanukah in this story about a Jewish girl who moves to a new country and wants to celebrate Christmas like everyone else. Instead, she learns to embrace the spirit of both holidays and convinces her family to help her make another family’s Christmas dreams come true.