We always haul our Christmas bins out of storage on the day after Thanksgiving. One of my favorite things to re-discover each year is our collection of beautiful Christmas books for children. They sit out on our coffee table or in a leather basket next to the couch, and we take turns reading them to each other throughout the season.
As part of my series on favorite children’s books, I thought I’d list the cream of our Christmas crop:
For my young ones (my oldest is only 7), I love metered books—they help hold my kids’ attention! Three that tell the biblical account of Jesus’ birth are Bethlehem Town: Where Jesus Was Born by Patricia A Hoffman, Oh, Come, Little Children by Anita Reith Stohs, and A Glorious Angel Show: A Pop-up Christmas Adventure by Dandi Daley Mackall.
I also love classic poem stories like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss and The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore*, as well as the newer Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. They don’t tell the story of Jesus, but are great examples of magical story-telling. (And the Snowmen do sing about “the birth of a King.”) 😉
Other fairly simple nativity-related narratives include Three Wise Women of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall and The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children by Katherine Paterson. The latter actually tells the whole story of Jesus’ life.
Most beloved by everyone in our family are our Christmas carol books! I hunt for ones with great illustrations. Two of our favorites are Go Tell It on the Mountain (illustrated by) Fiona King and Good King Wenceslas (illustrated by) Jamichael Henterly. And in the last year I picked up The Real Mother Goose Book of Christmas Carols, which contains the music, lyrics, and history of 22 classic Christmas carols…such a great find!
What are your family’s favorites? I can’t ever get enough of these, so please share them below!
*Make sure you purchase an unabridged and, if possible, unaltered version of the original poem. I couldn’t find the exact book we own online.