My son loves to read and I’m a sucker for picture books! Listed below are some of our favorite Christmas books. We own a few, but most of them we just check out from the library.
Stories about Jesus
The Animals’ Christmas Eve is an oldie, but goodie. It was originally written in 1977, but had the illustrations updated more recently. It is a sweet rhyming story that can also be used to reinforce counting concepts. In this story a group of animals retells little pieces of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth in the manger. The information in the story is basic, but ideal for younger kiddos. I really enjoy this book because it was one that used to be read to me as a child. I love being able to share something from my past with my boy.
This is the Stable is a wonderful telling of the Christmas story told in verse. The book touches on each part of the Christmas story–the manger, the watchful animals, the holy family, etc. To top it off the illustrations are fabulous, not only for the kiddos, but the adults will like looking at them as well.
Candy Cane Stories
The Legend of the Candy Cane is a fabulous story for the Christmas season. It is about how an owner of a candy store spread the message of the gospels using the candy cane. This story is a little longer and some young kiddos may not be able to sit through it, but it is very well written and the illustrations are beautiful. I highly recommend reading it to your children. If you have to, just skip the first few pages to jump right in to the candy cane symbolism.
Stories Just for Fun
Merry Christmas Curious George is another fun tale about how curiosity gets George into a mess, but as always comes out on top. In this book, George is shopping for a Christmas Tree with the man in the yellow hat. He ends up getting separated from him and on a truck headed to a children’s hospital. Of course, George ends up causing some trouble when he tries to decorate the tree, but in the end he gets out of it. Lil’man is a big fan of Curious George in our house because he just thinks George is so silly. If your kiddo likes Curious George then they’ll get a kick out of this Christmas one as well.
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