12 Christmas Books To Read To Your Children
Fab reader Desi asked:
Does any one know of some great kids Christmas books? I’m wanting to start a tradition of reading 1 book a night for the 12 nights before Christmas. One book wrapped under the tree each morning.
Well Desi, here are a few books to get you started. 🙂
Olive, the Other Reindeer By Vivian Walsh
Olive is a dog. But when she hears this holiday tune, a bit of an identity crisis sets in. She decides she must be a reindeer and heads to the North Pole to see if she can join Santa’s reindeer team.
The Night Before Christmas By Clement C. Moore
It is the night before Christmas, in a house so cozy and colorful, so filled with expectation, so dusted with Christmas magic that only this beloved illustrator could have created it. Shhh. A mouse is asleep in its snug den and children are dreaming as sugarplum fairies flutter around their bed. Then there’s the jingle of bells. . . .
The Hat By Jan Brett
Jan Brett’s luminous paintings of a Scandinavian farm and the forest around it are bathed in northern light, as the snow begins to fall and the story begins, in this delightfully original companion book to The Mitten.
Oh, What a Christmas! By Michael Garland
An upbeat and humorously sweet holiday story about Santa’s soon-to-be-classic wild and crazy sleigh ride one special Christmas Eve.
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking By Rick Osborne
This wonderful Christmas tale, set in the late 1800s, shares the touching story of a young boy named Peter. He sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea, and he’s been saving a bit of his earnings to buy a model schooner in the woodworker’s shop. But after Uncle Jim, the woodworker, tells him the story of St. Nicholas, Peter discovers the meaning behind the hanging and filling of Christmas stockings and learns a heartfelt lesson in kindness and generosity.
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas By Jane O’Conner
What could be fancier than Christmas?
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition By Susan Wojciechowski
Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
Merry Christmas, Curious George By H.A. Rey
It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s branches, George finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where his tree trimming antics cheer the children and he gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Toot & Puddle) By Holly Hobbie
Toot goes to a family reunion in Scotland, promising Puddle that he’ll be back in Woodcock Pocket in time for Christmas. But a huge snowstorm strands him far away from home on Christmas Eve! As Puddle waits anxiously for his friend, another holiday traveler helps Toot find his way to Woodcock Pocket, just in time.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree By Robert Barry
That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.
Snowmen at Christmas By Caralyn Buehner
This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle.Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.
The Nutcracker By Susan Jeffers
Energetic and child-friendly…Jeffers’s soft watercolors…capture both the drama of the classic story and the elegance of choreography.
Do you have a favorite Christmas story? Let FAB reader Desi know in the comment section below. 🙂