These are some of our favorite Christmas books, as well as a few new ones that we’re trying this year. What I love about the books below is that they focus on the true meaning of Christmas–Jesus! With all of the competing voices SCREAMING at us during Christmas, my husband and I want to focus our family on Christ at Christmas, and these books have helped us with that. I hope these are helpful.
Christmas Came For Easter (Sharon Brunner)- As a parent, I desire for my boys to truly celebrate Jesus at Christmas. However, I feel like I’m leaving out half the story if I don’t tell them the importance of why Christ had to come to earth. He came to earth to live a perfect life so that those who put faith in Christ could take on His perfect life and be justified before God. Without Christ’s perfect life and death, salvation for humanity would not be a reality. So, if we only speak of Christmas, we are teaching only a portion of the story. Christmas came for Easter; it’s true. This short, beautiful book helps the children understand the bridge between Christmas and Easter. As a parent, I LOVE having this book to read with my boys. It is so wonderful to celebrate Christ becoming flesh, living among us, coming to earth. The greatest celebration, though, is His perfect life lived and sacrifice as the penalty for our sins. This is a wonderful, kid-friendly way to delve into this wonderful reality with your children.
The Crippled Lamb (Max Lucado)-Is it safe for me to confess that last year was the first time I had read this book (and, consequently, my sons?!?!) Well, shame on me! It is a treasure, treasure, treasure! I had heard of it for years, but we’ve never read it! I know, I know, how tragic! I found it last year at Goodwill (score!), so I snatched it up. It’s the best $0.99 I’ve ever spent! You must read it this year!
One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book (Anne Kennedy)-Between 18 and 24 months, my oldest son had 3 books that he wanted read to him every day before naptime. This book was one of them. No, he didn’t care if it was before or after Christmas. The story goes from 1 to 10 with different elements of the Christmas story. I have this book memorized. There are such sweet memories attached to it.
Who is Coming to Our House? (Joseph Slate)-This book is a delight! It’s written from the perspective of the animals in the stable. They’re wondering who’s coming to their house…and what a joy when it’s Jesus!
Come and See: A Christmas Story (Monica Mayper)-I love the simplicity of this book. I love that each character is repeating the refrain, “Come and See!” Can you imagine beholding Jesus?!?!? Wow!
“The Legend Of” books (The Legend of the Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, St. Nicholas)-I love this series of books! As with most things, the origin of objects, traditions, etc. are usually lost over time. I love that these books do an excellent job of unearthing where certain Christmas “staples” originate. Did you know that St. Nicholas was a real person!?!? Do you know what the colors of the candy cane represent? Do you know where the tradition of the Christmas tree started? If not, you should read these books!
The Best Thing About Christmas (Christine Tangvald)-If you’ve never read any of the Happy Day books, I encourage you to check them out! They’re written from a Christian perspective. They have some GREAT books on the various holidays (We love their Halloween book, Let’s Shine Jesus Light on Halloween). This book is wonderful as it focuses on the greatest thing about Christmas–Jesus!
Pine Tree Parable (Liz Curtis Higgs)-If you haven’t read any of the 4 books in Liz Curtis Higgs’ Parable Series, you should! This one is set on a Christmas tree farm and has a beautiful Christmas message.
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)-Focus on the Family Radio Theater Series We LOVE the Focus on the Family Radio Theater audiobooks. (The Chronicles of Narnia is our favorite!!!) These audiobooks are not someone reading the book–BORING! They are fully, dramatized versions of the book; each character has a different actor/actress. It’s amazing! If you’re audiobook fans, check out this version of the Dickens classic.
I’m a little bit obsessed with A Christmas Carol, so we also read the children’s version of the book and watch it on DVD each year. We read the Little Creatures version above of the Dickens classic the past 2 years. I loved that the story and message was clearly conveyed, but it was also in a concise form so that I could read it to the boys in one sitting. We also have a tradition of watching The Muppet Christmas Carol on DVD during December as well.
Song of the Stars (Sally Lloyd-Jones)- This book is written by the author of one of our favorite Children’s Bibles (click here to read my post about our favorite Children’s Bibles!), The Jesus Storybook Bible. I love her writing! We read this last year, and it was a hit!
The Little Drummer Boy (Ezra Jack Keats)-I love this story AND I love Ezra Jack Keats. Last year was our first year to read this classic, and we all enjoyed this book. Ezra Jack Keats is a timeless author, and this is a timeless story. Add it to your reading list this year!
Jotham’s Journey (Arnold Ytreeide)-A friend suggested this book to us last year, and I never got around to buying it. Our library didn’t have it. I broke down and bought it this year. We are DEFINITELY reading it this year! I also bought the other two Advent books by the same author, Tabitha’s Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage as well. I can’t wait to dive into these books!
What are your favorite Christmas books?!?!? I am always looking for new books to read with my boys!