With more time on their hands over the holidays to read for pleasure, Study Wizards’ reading tutors in San Jose, CA, encourage you to share some classic stories with your middle or high schooler. That pleasure could even be a shared one, with your family reading these short stories out loud together. Engage your child’s imagination with holiday-themed literature that has stood the test of time:
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Letters from Father Christmas is a collection of endearing Christmas letters penned by the author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy to his children over a span of 20 years. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote each letter from the perspective of Santa or his elvish helper, Ilbereth, describing their Christmas-themed adventures and lightly touching on current events in England at the time (World War II).
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
Written in 1943, this Christmas short story became the basis for the beloved holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Centering around George Pratt rather than George Bailey, the plot is similar to the film—disappointed with life, George meets his guardian angel, who shows him what it would be like if he had never been born. In the end, he realizes he’s been given “the greatest gift”—the gift of life and a loving family.
Revolt of the Evil Fairies by Ted Poston
This interesting short story about the biggest social event of the year takes place at Booker T. Washington Colored Grammar School. The tale is cute, funny, and engaging as it portrays the classic issues of childhood love and rivalry, and the more complex concern of internalized racism.
Encouraging independent reading and reading along with your child are two ways children become better students, so why not make holiday reading a family tradition? If your student is having trouble reading on their own, give them the gift of a private reading tutor—our expert tutors tailor their lessons to your child’s academic strengths, helping them become better at reading and more confident in school.
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