Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Some of Our Favorite Christmas Children's Books

I've come up with a list of some of our favorite Christmas stories, in case you are looking for something new to read with your children.  Unfortunately, several of these books are no longer in print, but maybe your library has them.
  • On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown.  A cute story about the wonder of Christmas Eve and how children can't sleep because of it.
  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry.  I love this story about how one tree provides Christmas trees for many different families.
  • Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor.  We enjoy this story about how Nancy creates a disaster (in her eyes) and how her grandfather helps her to make things right.  
  • Mousekin's Christmas Eve by Edna Miller.  This delightful story about a mouse who leaves his empty home to look for a new place to live.  What captured me was where he ended up in his new home.
  • Christmas Parade by Sandra Boyton.  This book is for little children, especially, but it's fun to read and the pictures are fun to look at.
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski.  A gloomy carpenter life is turned around when a widow and her son ask him to make them a nativity set.
Did you notice there are no books about Jesus' birth on this list?  I must be more critical of those storybooks because I haven't found any that I really like.  Most of them focus on the superficial aspects of His birth:  the angels and shepherds, being born in a barn.  I want one that delves into the reason why Jesus had to come:  to save us from our sins.  If you know of one, please let me know.

If you know of any other good children's Christmas stories, please leave a comment.  I would love to add to this list!

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