Monday, December 12, 2011

Loving Literature: Favorite Christmas Books

There are so many Christmas books written for children that it gets hard to figure out which ones are good and which ones are not. I thought I'd help you out a bit and share some of the Christmas books we've been enjoying this year.

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We've had On Christmas Morning by Patricia A. Pingry ever since my oldest was about 2 years old. It's a constant favorite that we read every year. This is a simple board book that tells the story of a modern-day Christmas morning along with the story of the first Christmas. This is one that is easy enough for even the youngest child to understand.

We just discovered Coming Through the Blizzard: A Christmas Story by Eileen Spinelli this year and are enjoying this story of a Christmas Eve in which is snowed and snowed and snowed. One by one, both animals and people came through the snow to the Christmas Eve service and finally Christmas itself came.

Christmas Is Here, illustrated by Lauren Castillo,uses the words from the King James Bible and beautiful illustrations of a live nativity to tell the Christmas story. I love this choice because it is the story straight from the Bible, but the pictures make it appealing enough for children to want to listen.

What the Little Fir Tree Wore to the Christmas Party by Satomi Ichikawa is a very sweet story of a little fir tree living among a group of larger trees. The trees talk about getting dressed for a Christmas party and the little fir tree dreams of what she will wear. On day she wakes up and realizes that all the other trees have already left for the party (i.e. been cut down for Christmas trees) and she is all alone. Little does she know that her Christmas party will be the best one of all. 

What are some of your favorite Christmas books?

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