6 Books To Warm Your Heart: The CQ Family Holiday Reading List

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to read with my family.  Sharing books together is a great way to enjoy time with your kids while also helping them to discover the wonder and magic that only books can deliver.  At Crew’s Quarters we have been carrying children’s books for nearly 30 years and are excited to share our Holiday reading list with you and your family!

A perfect read for celebrating a first Christmas!

My First Christmas

A wonderful first Christmas treasure to read with your youngest family members!  Easy reading and covers the most essential aspects of a traditional Christmas.  Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, this board book is the perfect gift for anybody with bouncing bundles of joy in their lives! 

The last 2 pages are my favorite!!

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Canada

This wonderful book takes a holiday classic and adds a Canadian twist, eh?  This board book written by Ellen Warwick and illustrated by Kim Smith is filled with iconic Canadian things like Loons, TTC street cars and lobsters, to name just a few (you’ll have to read it yourself to discover the other 9 Canuck items!).

Poetic and heart warming…

Snowmen At Christmas

A New York Times best seller, and one read and you’ll know why!  The poetic lines by Caralyn Buehner are lovely and the illustrations by her husband Mark Buehner are warming to the soul!  This board book is one in a series of books by the Buehner team and I’m sure after reading this one you’ll be adding more to your collection!

Some of the most wonderful illustrations ever!

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

If you’ve never seen the incredible illustration work of Jan Brett you’re really missing out! Incredibly detailed, fanciful and instantly classic, her work is breathtaking to say the least.  Reading this hardcover will become a yearly tradition and you’re guaranteed to find new bits of magic in the illustrations every time.

Catch me if you can!

Gingerbread Baby

Yes, Jan Brett makes our list twice!  This little board book is a retelling of the classic Gingerbread Man “Catch Me If You Can” story.  A little treasure awaits the reader on the last page, you’ll have to get the book to find out what it is!

A holiday classic with many options to choose from!

The Night Before Christmas

This book has been a part of our annual Christmas Eve routine since the birth of our son over 16 years ago.  We try to have somebody new read it every year and we write the date and the name of the reader inside the book.  Looking back throughout the years is always heart warming and we know that one day our children will cherish the names just inside the cover.  There are so many versions of this holiday classic to suit nearly every taste.  The 3 in the image are among our favorites.  

If you live in Port Colborne or the Niagara Region we carry all of these titles so drop into Crew’s Quarters and grab 1 or all of them!  We carry many more Christmas books and hope you’ll come visit and discover some new holiday treasures for yourself.

What are some of your favorite books to read over the holidays? Please share in the comments section, we’d love to expand our list and discover what makes your holidays precious!


  1. The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle is my all time favourite advent book. My favourite childhood memory was curling up with my mom and siblings every year and reading that day’s part of the story. Now I read it with my daughter, and it’s quickly become a favourite of hers. She always reminds me at the end of the day, if I’ve forgotten.

    Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury – so many lovely short stories, perfect with a cup of tea.


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