Growing up among avid readers, librarians and historians, books make up several chapters of my childhood memories.
Christmastime is not excluded! 🙂
Now that I am a mama and a day care owner, I cherish the time each year when I can bring out all the Christmas books and display them and read through each one with the kids. Some of these titles are newer, some of them from my own childhood or before, but all of them have been read over and over again (sometimes within an hour’s time span…) and are loved by all in our house.
If you’re looking for some new Christmas lit for your kiddos (or for you! Hey, no judgment from this bibliophile and Christmas lover!), check it out.
This list has both secular and Christ-centered stories, and outstanding illustrations. Some are easy readers, some are for toddlers, and others have a few extra words that can be enjoyed when parents, grandparents or big siblings want a turn. So in no particularly order, here are our favorite, top ten Christmas books.
1. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
You can’t go without this classic, but the gorgeous illustrations are really what make it a favorite around here.
2. Winnie the Pooh’s Stories for Christmas by Bruce Talkington, illustrated by John Kurtz
These fun-loving Christmastime stories with all the best Hundred Acre Wood characters never fail to bring lots of smiles! There are lots of words, but the pictures are delightful as ever. It may be the perfect evening read aloud.
3. Tomie’s Little Christmas Pageant by Tomie dePaola
We love Tomie dePaola. This is a beautiful, easy read with adorable illustrations. It’s perfect for all the little Christmas program stars at your house. 🙂
4. The Tiny Star by Arthur Ginolfi, illustrated by Pat Schories
Arthur Ginolfi tells a wonderful story of Starlet, a tiny, nearly invisible star, who dreams of shining bright. When Starlet falls upon a humble stable, her dreams come true. This has hands down become Bundle’s favorite this season.
5. Counting Christmas by Karen Katz
A cute and easy read, this whimsically illustrated book helps with number sense and basic mathematics. Besides, the pictures always make me hungry for fresh-baked Christmas cookies…
6. Winter Wonderland by Dick Smith, Music by Felix Bernard, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
I love that all the words in this book are directly from the classic Christmas tune. The wintry scenes and fluffy mice are simply adorable, and it’s fun to be able to sing through it with loved ones!
7. The Donkey’s Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri
Another beginning reader story, this tells about a humble stable animal who is afraid to frighten the Christ-child with his noisy bray.
8. The Santa Shimmy by Christianne Jones, illustrated by Emma Randall, designed by Aruna Rangarajan
I guarantee that this hilarious short poem will not fail to get you and your readers up and moving and grooving with Santa! So much fun!
9. Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
A large mouse family learns the true meaning of Christmas in this gloriously illustrated storybook. This has been read multiple times an hour here. 🙂
10. The After-Christmas Tree by Linda Wagner Tyler, illustrated by Susan Davis
This book is perfect for anyone who struggles with Christmastime coming to an end. It’s a tender story of children who find a new purpose for their Christmas decor and find ways to spread some wintertime cheer once the tree is taken down.
So there it is! If you find yourself in the library or a local bookstore, be sure to check out these wonderful holiday titles.
Happy Holiday Reading!