These are just a few of the many Christmas books I have come to love. These books are all wonderful for family read-alouds!
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This beautiful book has quickly become one of our family favorites. The book begins by talking about the wind rustling, creatures stirring, declaring “It is time!” Throughout the book, the various names for Jesus are used (King of Kings, Light of the World, Prince of Peace, the Bright and Morning Star) in beautiful prose. Towards the end, it captures the scene with the shepherds, the manger, and finally baby Jesus with his mother. The very last line captures it perfectly…
“Heaven’s Son, sleeping under the stars that He made.”
Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard Schneider
I LOVE this book…and it is one that is not widely known. The story goes that every year, the Queen’s woodsman venture into the forest looking for the perfect tree. Small Pine, the main “character”, desires to be the chosen tree and therefore must keep its branches perfectly straight. Except…a rabbit needs protection from a group of wild dogs, so Small Pine dips its lower branches down towards the snow. But when Rabbit left the next morning, Small Pine couldn’t get its branches to their proper height. Then a little later, a bird needs a place to rest during a blizzard. Again, Small Pine’s branches are no longer perfectly straight. Small Pine was scolded by the larger, perfect trees…but could not ignore the needs of the helpless animals. Ultimately, the Queen chooses Small Pine to be the Royal Christmas Tree because it took care of the needy animals. The final sentence in the book reads, “For, as have many of us, the trees have learned that living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of God.”
The book is quite long for a young child…but a great read-aloud of the whole family. It is a precious reminder of our duty to care for the needy!
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
I refused to watch this movie for the first year after it came out. It looked so much different from the book and I absolutely LOVE the simplicity of the book. I gave in (kind of) as we showed it to all of our first graders while I was still teaching. The movie was okay–but I really love the book! I have such wonderful memories of my oldest brother reading this to us in the balcony of my parent’s house. Every year Santa would walk through our front door while we were reading this book and it is one of my favorite memories as a child. If you haven’t read this book–it is a classic! The illustrations are magical and the story is the dream of every young child!
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
This is a precious story about a lamb named Joshua. Joshua was born with one crippled leg and spots on his wool. An old cow named Abigail befriended Josh and kept him company while the other sheep left to graze in a valley of green grass. Eventually Abigail and Josh settled into the warm barn for the night. They awoke to the sounds of a baby crying…a baby with no blankets who was lying in a manger. To keep the baby warm, Joshua cuddles up next to him…comforting the tiny baby with his warm wool.
“He also understood why he had been born with a crippled leg. Had he been born like the other sheep, he would have been in the valley. But since he was different, he was in the stable, among the first to welcome Jesus into the world.”
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
This is a sweet story about a kind ox who welcomes each tiny creature needing a place to stay into the stable. And old dog, a stray cat, a small mouse, and a tired donkey are all given rest with Kind Ox. A baby is also welcomed in the stable…”a Little One who came for the world.”
It is relatively short with detailed illustrations…perfect for young children!
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
If you’ve never read a book by Jan Brett, you are missing out. Her stories are always exciting and her illustrations are unmatched! I absolutely love all of the Nordic elements present in her books. This particular book is an adorable spin on the classic “Gingerbread Boy” story. This rambunctious little baby causes all sorts of mischief until the whole town is chasing him! Finally, Matti (the boy) solves the problem by creating a Gingerbread house just for the Gingerbread Baby. “I’m the little Gingerbread Baby, Lucky as can be, To be living in the house, That Matti made for me!”
Christmas in the Manger By Nola Buck
*Note: I do not have the Tag Junior version of this book…just the normal board book.*
This is a sweet and simply story, perfect for babies and toddlers. Each character in the nativity story is shown, with their specific purpose identified in this rhyming tale.
“I am the baby asleep in the hay, and I am the reason for Christmas Day.”
I’m thinking I’ll wrap up 25 of the books that I have as many suggested on my post about Christmas Traditions. It will be so fun to open up and read a new book each day as a family! We have a plethora of Christmas books from my days as a first grade teacher, but if you don’t have many consider wrapping up some you check out from the library!
What are your favorite Christmas books???