One of my favorite things to do December 1st is pull out our special stash of Christmas books. There’s nothing like snuggling down into the couch while the Christmas tree lights twinkle and reading a good story. I’m constantly looking for new ones to add to our collection.
Here’s a few of the titles we’re currently enjoying.
Peter Spier’s Christmas
This is truly a Christmas book by one of my favorite illustrators. No words. But lots of detailed illustrations which narrate in their own way one family’s Christmas season.
The Foxwood Surprise by Cynthia & Brian Paterson
The illustrations are the best part of this book. Three little animals look for ways to earn money to buy gifts and have a little adventure along the way.
The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes
Picked this up at a library book sale since it’s illustrated by Tasha Tudor. A sweet book about a little cat that finds a new home at Christmas. Gingerbread recipe and icing in the back.
Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
A young carpenter in Bethlehem gives a gift to the newly born Christ-child.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
A simple little poem about Christ’s birth. Whimsical and romantic, it’s still a book we enjoy.
The Day Before Christmas by Eve Bunting
A sweet book about a little girl who goes to the Nutcracker for the first time with her grandfather.
Who Was Born this Special Day? by Eve Bunting
A simple story for young children about Jesus’ birth.
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
I love this story about a little girl searching for a home and a doll who wants a child to be her own. Just read it to the boys for the first time this year and they loved it. Illustrated by another of my favorite illustrators, Barbara Cooney.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
A tear jerker about a little girl named Ruthie who is waiting for her father to come home from war and must donate the “perfect Christmas tree” to her town’s Christmas play.
The Little Spider by Sigmund Brouwer
A story about Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus’ flight to Egypt, told through the story of the animals who accompany them. Came with an audio version of the story too. The boys are always intrigued by the pictures and the spider.
Stable in Bethlehem by Joy N. Hulme
A simple counting book with beautiful illustrations.
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
A Christmas classic about a lonely fir tree who finds itself at the center of a little boy’s Christmas celebration.
Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
A story about a somewhat self-absorbed camel who meets the Christ Child. The illustrations are stunning!
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
Not specifically a Christmas story, this tells the tale of three trees who all end up playing a role in the life of Christ as a boat, a manger, and his cross.
What are your favorite Christmas books for children?