December Holidays-Babies

Books

Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
Eight Nights of Chanukah Lights by Diane Regan
Hanukkah is Coming by Tracy Newman
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
Maisy’s Christmas Tree by Lucy Cousins
Surprise: A Book of Christmas Shapes by Jonathan Litton

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Bumping Up and Down on My Little Blue Sled
Bumping up and down in my little blue sled
Bumping up and down in my little blue sled
Bumping up and down in my little blue sled
Won’t you be my darling?

Snow is coming down on my little blue sled
Waving to my friend on my little blue sled

Santa is Back
Two merry blue eyes point to eyes
A cute little nose point to nose
A long snowy beard stroke chin
Two cheeks like a rose rub cheeks
A round chubby tummy rub tummy
A big bulging sack touch shoulders and back
Hurray for old Santa! Clap hands
We’re glad that he’s back

Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Snowflake, snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by
Down you fall upon the ground
Down you fall without a sound
Snowflake, snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by

Santa and His Reindeer
Here is old Santa left thumb
And here is his sleigh right thumb
These are his reindeer, which he drives away hold up eight fingers
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen point to each finger in turn
Away they all go fly fingers away

Flannel Board

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Jingle Bells by Sammy Davis Jr.
Bells are all you need. We shake the bells all they way through!
Ring Those Bells by Carole Peterson
We pull out the bells for this song.
Ring and turn around
ring and stamp feet
ring and jump
ring and touch toes
ring and turn around

December Holidays-Toddlers

Holiday storytimes always are a bit of a tricky subject to navigate depending on your patrons and the material you choose to use. Storytime Underground has a good summary of avoiding holiday themes all together. That said, the patrons I serve request Christmas and Hannukah storytimes I do both together in one go. Also, I have found it a bit more difficult to find flannel boards highlighting Hanukkah. I’ve managed to find one but am always on the lookout for more. I would love to hear if you have one to share.

Books

The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wislon
Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
Eight Days of Hanukkah by Haarriet Ziefert
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth
Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

Flannel Boards

Music

Jingle Bells by Sammy Davis Jr.
Bells are all you need. We shake the bells all they way through!
Ring Those Bells by Carole Peterson
We pull out the bells for this song.
Ring and turn around
ring and stamp feet
ring and jump
ring and touch toes
ring and turn around

One Menorah Candle

There is a sizable Jewish population near my library. When I was considering how to organize a December holiday storytime I knew I needed a component highlighting Hanukkah. That, of course, was easier said than done. I have had a difficult time finding material I could use with toddlers that was about Hanukkah. However, I found this flannel board over on Story Time Secrets. Katie Fitzgerald authored it. Like me, she also does a split between Christmas and Hanukkah.