So... I love books. I love KID books. And I love Christmas. Translation? I have a large collection of Christmas books. They stay up on the top shelf until the start of December, when I pull them down for my children to "rediscover" all over again.
Now there are a TON of Christmas books out there. But I thought I would share our favorites--ones with great meaning, illustration, prose and rhyme.
Create your own Christmas library by giving a new book to your children each year. In the meantime, you can get all of these at the library.
Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer
I think this is my all-time FAVORITE Christmas book. It tells the story of a prideful camel who travels to see "some baby." Hilarious, beautiful and meaningful.
Animals in the stable make room for all small creatures: a stray dog, a mouse and finally a tiny baby.
Christmas Is Here by Lauren Castillo
The Christmas story in told in adapted King James scripture. A community gathers around a church nativity scene. Really great illustration and it's short for little ones with short attention spans.
Song of the Stars, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This one is written by the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible (a great Christmas gift, by the way!). I love how it tells not of the people who discovered Jesus' birth, but of creation--animals and nature who anticipated and welcomed "the One who made us has come to live with us!"
The First Christmas by Jan Peinkowski
This Is The Stable by Cynthia Cotten
This one has a wonderful rhythm that makes it both fun to read and listen to. It's short enough for younger ones and a good one for early readers.
The Christmas Story by Patricia Pingry (board book version)
This board book sturdy and perfect for the youngest of children. Toddlers will love holding this smallish book and turning the pages with no fear of tearing. Simple, short and straight-to-the-point about why we celebrate Christmas.
The First Christmas by Carol Heyer
Written by the author of Humphrey's First Christmas (see above), this one tells the complete story of Jesus' birth. It starts with the angel appearing to Mary and reminds us at the end that "through his death and Resurrection, he saved us all." Look for a "cameo" appearance of Humphrey!
Be sure to leave a comment and share your favorite Christmas books.
All images from Amazon.com.