One of my favorite parts of motherhood right now is grabbing a book and reading with my son, Cooper, at the end of a long day. He's been picking up on a lot of new words lately and it's so fun to watch him interact with the story. With the holidays approaching, we've been collecting Christmas books and have some new family favorites that I wanted to share with you!

1- Santa is Coming to Boise by Steve Smallman

(Also available as Santa is Coming to Idaho)

This story follows Santa on his journey from the North Pole to our very own Treasure Valley. Your kids are sure to recognize some famous Boise buildings in this book!

2- Pig The Elf by Aaron Blabey

Our new favorite in the Pig The Pug series, this hilariously illustrated book is about a greedy pug and his sweet friend and their very different views about how to behave on Christmas Eve.

3- Olive, The Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J.otto Seibold

When Jack Russell terrier, Olive, mistakes herself for a reindeer she heads to the North Pole to find her place. Turns out her skills are exactly what Santa needed!

4- Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

Written by the author of Snowmen at Night, this story shares what snowmen do to celebrate Christmas and is the perfect snowy evening read.

5- How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton

I read a review that said this book is the next "Night Before Christmas" and I have to agree. This funny read is sure to win its way into your kids' hearts and become a new family tradition.

6- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Cooper loves trucks and trains right now so this one is right up his alley. The movie, featuring Tom Hanks, is also a family favorite!

7- Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends decide to forego hibernation and stay awake for Christmas. Follow their holiday adventures - baking, decorating, and finding a Christmas tree all while learning a lesson about giving.

8- Little Blue Truck's Christmas by Alice Schertle

Yes, a truck book! This is for all the toddler boys out there. Your kiddo will love helping you count all the Christmas trees that Little Blue Truck is taking to his animal friends.

9- Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney

Cute and simple with rhyming text, this book's durable pages are great for little hands.

10- The Littlest Elf by Brandy Dougherty

No matter how small you may be, you are still important. A cute, quick read for your little ones about the tiniest elf at the North Pole and his journey to find his place.

What are your family's favorite stories to read around the holidays? Share with me at: nicole@mix106radio.com