I love to read and have spent my (almost) entire adult life trying to grow that love in my kids. One way to do it is to make it fit their personalities. Give them books they would enjoy – even magazines & comic are words. Plus, if they can’t sit through a book quietly, don’t make them! Give them things to do that engages their bodies so their brains can listen.
There are enough Bell themed books here to last a couple weeks or to give you plenty of choices for the best fit(s) for your family. For the little ones, you can print out these Find the Letter: B is for Bells worksheets to keep their hands occupied while they listen to you read one of these books for kids: Bells to them!
Books About Bells
From stories to facts to coloring – these books will help you stay on the theme of the week – Bells! 🙂
1. A wacky new Christmas version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song!
This time, the hungry old lady swallows a bell, bows, gifts, a sack, a sleigh, and some reindeer! She’s about to swallow a candy cane for dessert, when she hears a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! Watch what happens when she whistles, with amazing results!
With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a fun story for Christmastime!
This is a wonderful companion to Colandro and Lee’s other Old Lady books!
2. Everything about this trip to Grandma’s house was different:
First, because of the fire, Mrs. Treski, Evan, and Jessie had driven up to Grandma’s two days after Christmas instead of the day before, missing Christmas with Grandma entirely.
Second, the fire had left a hole in the back kitchen wall big enough to drive a car through! And with Grandma in the hospital and not in her house, everything felt off.
Third, someone had climbed the long, slow slope of Lovell Hill to the top and had stolen the old iron bell hanging on its heavy wooden crossbeam.
Who on earth would steal the New Year’s Bell? And how could Grandma, Mrs.Treski, Evan, Jessie, and their neighbors ring in the New Year without it?
3. With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.
In Llama Llama Jingle Bells, little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies. It’s a very merry holiday indeed!
4. Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!
Ho, ho…uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.
5. A heartwarming Clydesdale story for the holiday season!
For all lovers of horses, history, and the holidays, here’s a very special Horse Diaries book.
Wisconsin, 1915. Jingle Bells is a strong Clydesdale gelding. He enjoys his work on the farm, pulling the hay wagon in the summer and a sleigh in the winter, and he loves his human friend, Kari. But when Kari’s older brother comes home for Christmas with a new Model T Ford, will the family still need Jingle Bells?
6. Christmas is almost here and the excitement is all around! The twinkling Christmas lights and the aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air. You and your child will enjoy these special Christmas stories for kids. Each story is about includes a moral lesson and includes cute and colorful illustrations for early and beginning readers. ALSO INCLUDES CHRISTMAS JOKES!
These stories are great for early & beginning readers, reading aloud at home, and bedtime stories.
7. Each year, millions of people pass by countless red kettles and bell ringers raising money for the Salvation Army. Many people see the ringers as distractions, some find joy in giving, and others see a meaningless and routine obligation.
In this compelling and simple children’s story, The Bell brings to life a small hand bell creating a central character named Bella. Helpless and afraid, Bella is certain she will never make a sound again unless someone can help restore her as a beautiful ringing bell. Through Bella, readers will reflect on those in their life who saw more potential in them than they ever could while finding meaning and beauty in a simple holiday tradition.
8. Dad’s toy from when he was a boy, Jingle Bell Bear, has been waking Doc and Donny up on Christmas morning every year for as long as Doc can remember. But this year, Jingle Bell’s ringer is broken! While Doc works on finding a cure, Lambie, Stuffy, and the rest of the toys realize how special Doc is to them. Now it’s their turn to make something extra special for Doc, and Jingle Bell can’t wait to help!
9. he unexpected story of the creation of a holiday classic – in the most unlikely of places.
It is November 1857 in Savannah, Georgia, and the heat is stifling. Choir director James Lord Pierpont is busy writing a song for the children of the church to perform to usher in the holiday season. He is also worried. Many townspeople are angry because the congregation does not believe in slavery, and someone has thrown a brick through one of the church windows.
As Mr. Pierpont sweeps up the glass from the broken window, he recalls his own Boston childhood, the sound of sleigh bells, and the fun of riding in a sleigh through the snow. Suddenly he gets an idea. A few days later – with the happy sounds of children singing and jingling bells and bags of “snow” – Mr. Pierpont introduces the delighted churchgoers to the charms of a northern Christmas!
I hope you and your kids have fun learning about Bells! Last week, we had a few posts in our Angels theme! Be sure to check them out.