We have all of these book in our Christmas library and we pull them out each year to read and enjoy together. It takes time to build up such a collection but it’s a beautiful tradition to add a book each year. I know some families wrap books for each day of advent, which is also a great way to introduce new Christmas books. Here are some suggestions from our family to yours.
God Gave Us Christmas– A story for young children about a polar bear family and how the oldest child wants to “find” God and Christmas. So, mama polar bear takes her out for a discovery. A sweet tale to read each year.
Reindeer Dust – Mom of twins, Kate Dwyer, wrote this lyrical story of what we should do to keep the reindeers well fed and on their path for Christmas Eve. A sweet story for little ones, and it will include a craft time afterwards. The book comes with a recipe for reindeer dust you can prepare with your children to put out for them on the 24th.
The Little Christmas Elf – A Little Golden Book story of a girl elf that desperately tried to finish her special teddy bear in time for a child on Christmas day. With the help of Santa, Nina the elf never gives up!
The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book – A story of Eddie and his grandfather, who seems a whole lot like Santa. His Grandpa helps him understand what gifts are and how they should be appreciated. To do this, he shows him visions of Christmas day and what our hearts need most at Christmas.
Babushka: A Christmas Tale – A beautifully illustrated story of an older woman that loves creating toys and has many tucked away. She is visited by three travelers following a star and they ask her to come with them. This story is based on a Russian folk tale and teaches children what it is to gift others with gifts but also time.
Winter in White and Christmas – Robert Sabuda’s pop-ups are magical and these are the perfect first editions for your little ones. Ours have lasted years and we always look at them each year.
Listen, Said the Donkey: Tales of the First Christmas– Along the same lines as the new movie, The Star, these are stories told by the animals that were at the First Christmas. The illustrations a lovely and the story is sweet to read, even in chapters to young children.
Twelve Days Of Christmas– An Usborne classic musical book, children can sing along and press a button for each number that correlates to the story. It makes a sweet gift to a child who is learning Christmas songs.
Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Aoki, Hisako (2007) Hardcover – Santa falls asleep in the forest and is woken up by his animal friends. When they ask is Christmas will no longer happen if he’s too tired, Santa tells the story of the First Christmas.
The First Christmas: A Changing-Picture Book– A changing picture book of beautiful illustrations that will be a treasure on your Christmas book library.
The Night Before Christmas– Clement C. Moore’s story comes to life with the illustrations of Gyo Fujikawa. A delightful story for Christmas Eve., we make it part of our traditional evening.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – A Christmas would not be complete without the classic Dr. Seuss tale. I read it to children at the school library and no matter the age, they love it.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey– A much longer read, this is a perfect book for avid readers. I even recommend it as a gift to tweens. It offers a reflection on how difficult holidays can be for some and why.
Christmas Long Ago from A to Z– Also great for young readers, this book has tidbits of the history of Christmas and its traditions. It’s a great conversation start for children to have over the holidays.
Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens wrote the beloved tale we all watch and reads over the holidays to remind us just what Christmas (and life) should be filled with, love.
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