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Christmas Stories for Children

December 22, 2010

We have a special stash of Christmas books we pull out each year. 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
One of my favorite children’s book illustrators, this is truly a picture book. 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. 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.

These are a few of our favorite Christmas books for children. What are yours?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2010 9:29 pm

    Well, you already know I adore Eve Bunting’s holiday books.
    We have also made “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” a part of our annual “read”/”listen to” on audiobook.
    And, I pulled out from our book basket a title that I have come to cherish, too…a book that one of the kids’ babysitters gave to them a couple years ago. “The Little Fir Tree” by Margaret Wise Brown (can you go wrong w/this author?); this book tells of a lame boy whose father goes out into a the woods to find a small evergreen to dig up and take home to his son each Christmas. The Father returns the tree every spring for it to continue to grow right along with the boy. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a tear jerker.

  2. December 22, 2010 10:01 pm

    My husband has been reading our oldest “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I loved that book as a child, and I’m so excited to be passing it down to him. 🙂

    • December 23, 2010 12:21 pm

      You know, by some chance I’ve actually never read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Need to!

  3. December 27, 2010 9:15 am

    Thanks everyone for more great titles to look into! 🙂 I too have fond memories of TBCPE.
    Another favorite of mine is “Treasures of the Snow”. I need to read it again to judge whether my 5 yr. old is too young for it yet.

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