If you're anything like us, you and your little readers believe it's never too soon to make merry. Ready to jingle? We've pulled together a few of our favorite winter holiday titles as well as activity-packed holiday resources that are perfect holiday travel, on-the-go companions, but equally as awesome at your kitchen table or in the classroom. So before you deck the halls, sit down for some holiday storytime!
T.E.A.M Rudolph and the Reindeer Games
Who’s the most famous reindeer of all? Why Rudolph of course! But, do you know the story of the Reindeer Games and the other eight reindeer? Well, here’s the whole story. Meet all of Santa’s trusty reindeer, and see just what it means to be on T.E.A.M. Rudolph!
Caleb is excited. Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday. Caleb’s relatives will come over soon—and when the sun sets, they’ll use the helper candle to light the first candle on the menorah. Each night of Hanukkah, Caleb and his family will light another candle. They’ll also eat latkes, open presents, and play the dreidel game. Caleb hopes he’ll be the winner. But Hanukkah isn’t about winning—it’s about sharing and celebrating together. Come join Caleb and his family at the table!
If there’s one thing Llama Llama doesn’t like, it’s waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can’t wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that “Gifts are nice, but there’s another: The true gift is, we have each other.
Kevin is making decorations to celebrate a special African American holiday: Kwanzaa! This year, he got to decorate the unity cup. His mom lays a mat on the table, adds the candleholder and candles, and sets out an ear of corn for each kid. There are also presents. Tonight, grandpa will light the first candle. In six days, at the end of Kwanzaa, Kevin will light one too! Come join Kevin as he learns important Swahili words, thinks about his community goals, and attends a Kwanzaa party full of drumming, dancing, and eating.
Hop on an iceberg and travel to the arctic for a fun-filled and festive Christmas party! These merry northern critters love coming together to celebrate the holidays. Walrus bakes cookies and Ermine wraps gifts, Snowy Owl brings mistletoe and Narwhal helps hang the star on the tree—all just in time for southern penguin friends to arrive for the festivities. With all the festive friends together, it will be an Arctic Christmas to remember!
Looking for a fun holiday craft? Try this fun mitten-making activity that pairs perfectly with The Mitten. Kids will love watching the story and then bringing it to life with their own two hands! Click the image above to get started.
Hitting the skies this holiday season? If you're flying Alaska Airlines, keep an eye out for Vooks on their inflight entertainment system! TIP: Before you go, download and print this companion activity pack to pair with the stories you'll find on board.
We can't wait to celebrate this festive season with you and your little readers! Happy Holidays from the Vooks family to yours!