I pack away most of our Christmas books during the year so when December rolls around it’s always exciting to break them all out and enjoy them again. In past years I’ve even wrapped them all up and let the kids unwrap one each day to read. These are some of our favorites:
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt is one I discovered last year. It’s the story of three trees with big dreams for the future and how those dreams come about differently (but better) than they expected. I’ll give you a hint…one of the trees ends up as a cradle for a very important baby. This story is actually one that can be read year round, but is especially great at Christmas and Easter.
Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis is a Christmas story of a Swedish girl who learns the importance of giving at Christmas. This is one we love, not only because of our Swedish heritage, but because the message is such a good one.
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This beautiful Christmas story tells of all of creation anxiously awaiting the Savior. Beautifully written and illustrated, you will definitely want to add this one to your shelf!
This Is The Stable by Cynthia Cotten. This book tells the Christmas story in The House that Jack Built style. Simple and sweet, this was one of my daughter’s most requested books the Christmas she was four.
Small Camel Follows the Star by Rachel W. M. Brown. This is the story of the 3 wise men and their journey to bring gifts to Jesus, but told from the perspective of Small Camel, who is given the task of carrying a very special bundle.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado. This is the story of Joshua, a crippled lamb who always feels left out. But one special night, when he is left behind while the shepherds take all the other sheep out to graze, Joshua finds out he has a very special purpose in life.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a classic that tells the story of a young boy who takes a train to the North Pole where he is awarded the first gift of Christmas. I love the illustrations in this book.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. This is a cute book about Bear, whose friends wake him up and work hard at keeping him awake to celebrate Christmas. All Bear’s friends end up dozing off, and he stays up all night making special gifts for each of them.
The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson. The author of this book encourages kids to give to Jesus for Christmas by giving gifts to other children in need throughout the world. Through charities such as World Vision, your child can choose their own gift to give to help a child in need.
The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. This classic story is a fun one to read at Christmas although it doesn’t necessarily have much to do with Christmas. But I associate gingerbread men with Christmas-time so it seems somewhat fitting. And you can make it even more fun by baking some gingerbread men with your kids too!
So, there are some of our favorites! What are your favorite Christmas books?
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