Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blogmania Holiday Open House Day Three: My Children's Christmas Book List

During the Christmas season one of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and read a Christmas story. It really does not matter what genre, and now that I have two children, most books are geared towards children. I am so blessed to have children who love being read to. I hope that the love of books that Makayla and Isabella have developed will continue to grow as they learn to read, and that they will create an expansive collection of books like their mom (and believe me, they already have).

This year I am trying something a little different when it comes to reading holiday season books. I have compiled a list of 25 children's Christmas books, of various lengths. I am going to wrap them, and each day from December 1 - 24th, I will have the girls take turns picking one to unwrap and read together as a family. I hope and pray this is a tradition that will continue for years to come.

You will notice that most of the books teach about the birth of Jesus versus emphasizing Santa. This is done deliberately. Although we have not eliminated the Santa part of Christmas celebrations, my husband and I have chosen to emphasize Christ's birth. We will teach our children, in an age appropriate manner, about the real St. Nicholas, emphasize the importance of giving rather than receiving at Christmas, and the wonderful gift of Jesus born in a stable as a gift to all those who receive it.

Without further delay, here is my Christmas book list. Most of these are all books I currently own. Some I am planning to purchase this year. I am always looking to add to the list, and of course the list will change as the girls grow. Right now, these are mainly board and picture books.

1. If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff

2. Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki

3. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren

4. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

5. That's Not My Angel (an Usborne book, available through your local Usborne Books Consultant)

6. The Nativity (Usborne Touchy Feely Board Book)

7. Twas The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett

8. The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

9. The Christmas Angels by Claire Freedman

10. Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard by Laura Krauss Melmed and Jane Dyer

11. The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler Green and Susan Gaber

12. Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt

13. A Star For Jesus by Crystal Bowman

14. Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft

15. The Jesus Storybook Bible (will read the selection re: Christmas Story) by Sally Lloyd-Jones

16. The Big Picture Story Bible (read selections relating to Jesus' Birth) by David R. Helm

17. The Legend Of The Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

18. Listen Said The Donkey: Tales Of The First Christmas (5 stories) by Jean Little

19. Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado

20. The Legend Of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall

21. What Is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams

22. The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook by Robin Currie

23. Little Shepard by Cheryl G. Malandrinos

24. J Is For Jesus by Crystal Bowman

25. Jesus, Me and My Christmas Tree by Crystal Bowman

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite Christmas books for children?

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  1. Thank you for passing by with encouraging words of faith and strength. Phil 4:13 is one of my favorite verses, so thank you for sharing it with me as a reminder.

    May the Lord bless you richly.

    In Him,


  2. I just recently found a children's (toddler's) board book on the story of Christmas starting with the visitation of Gabriel to Mary at the Annunciation. It is the first book I have seen starting the story of Christmas at the beginning. I bought it even though we have at least 5 versions of the Christmas story for our kids already. I thought you might be interested in the book, so here is the info on it:
    "The Story of Christmas" by Vivian French
    ISBN: 978-0-7636-5045-2
    and it is published by Candlewick Press