Even though my children are now young adults, I still look forward to December when I find all our children’s books about Christmas and put them out to read. I still read them and enjoy them. Many of these books are not readily available. If you are a new parent, or simply enjoy reading children’s books, I am reproducing this list to help you develop your own collection of books for Christmas. I have added links to where you can find these books either on Amazon or the Book Depository. They might also be available on booko.
For younger readers:
A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith (Oxford University Press). The illustrations are magnificent. This edition comes with a nativity set.
The Story of Christmas by Jane Ray (Orchard Books) This has the lushest illustrations. Mary and Joseph look middle-eastern and Mary actually looks pregnant. There is an earthiness and richness to each picture. For small children, it is the illustrations that tell the story – but the words let the pictures tell the story.
Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev. Santa shares the story about the birth of Jesus and that it was God’s gift to us on the first Christmas. The illustrations are soft and mellow, its simplicity makes it a wonderful book to read again and again.
Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt. If you haven’t come across this book before, I won’t spoil it for you, but it is a wonderful book that can be read at Christmas and Easter – and can be read and understood at many different levels. It moves me every time I read it.
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox in which wombat gets to be part of the Christmas nativity play and be baby Jesus. The illustrations by Kerry Argent are wonderful. This is a very Australian interpretation of the story of Jesus’ birth and told beautifully.
For the older reader
The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson. We had a tradition of reading this book every December. It is quirky, funny and filled with unexpected surprises. Christine Jensen gave this book to our family and it has been a wonderful friend to us since then. Christine has introduced my family to many wonderful books and I am forever grateful to her enthusiasm and love for books.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado This is a beautiful story about a crippled lamb who witnesses the birth of Jesus. The illustrations are simply beautiful.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski. We read this book each December, and each time, I was reduced to tears – it will still move me.
Star of Wonder by Pat Alexander is a delightful anthology of Christmas Stories and Poems for Children (Lion Book). This book was given to the Condie family by the Jensen family.
During December, we would also read the story of Christmas from each gospel. The bible we used depended on the age of our children.
A new book for 2014
The Lion Classic Christmas Stories illustrated by Jane Ray – due to be published in August 2014. It is bound to be delicious and I have added it to my wish list to remind me when it comes out.
This year, I will be reading Come, thou long-expected Jesus edited by Nancy Guthrie a collection of reflections by different authors about Christmas. Contributors include Tim Keller, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon and Joni Eareckson Tada. There are 22 chapters which almost fills December.
Enjoy! I certainly will.