As a kid, my favorite holiday book was The Sweet Smell of Christmas written by Patricia M. Scarry and illustrated by JP Miller. It was originally published in 1970 by Golden Books, so I would have been 5-years-old then. For me, this book had it all -- fun story, cute illustrations and little stickers to scratch-and-sniff. I read-and-scratched this book until the stickers were ripped-and-worn from being scratched-and-sniffed so much. It was a fun book. When I got older, way after I had outgrown the book, I bought two more copies. I knew this would be a book I wanted to share with my kids. We still have those two copies.
Christmas is almost here! Little Bear knows it's coming -- he can smell it. The story follows Little Bear around as he enjoys the wonderful smells of the season. There are pine trees, apple pie, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, and oranges. It's a charming story and truly a classic holiday book for kids of all ages. For my family, reading this book to my kids has become a favorite holiday tradition. Give it a scratch-and-sniff!