Even though it IS just 4 days till Christmas, I wanted to share with you my favorite Christmas books for children. Or, for anyone who likes to read a beautiful story and look and beautiful illustrations. And maybe use up some of their extra Kleenex…
I pulled together just some of my favorites. If I listed them all, you’d click away and never come back. And, sometimes they go missing. I found 2 of these featured below in my daughter’s bed yesterday. Under her pillow. So, some are missing dust jackets, some are a bit beat up around the edges. But they are well-read and well-loved. And, I think that’s just what their authors wanted for them!
A sweet story about the little country angels in heaven who have been given the big task of preparing for Heaven’s Christmas celebration once St. Nicholas is finished delivering all his gifts to the children on earth. The smallest 3 angels are left out of the plans… until they save the day! LOVE this story, and the illustrations are fabulous.
A real-to-life story about a boy who inspires the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The story spans the life of the main character from a young boy to an older man. The illustrations are lovely, and you’ll never look at that huge NYC Christmas tree the same again!
Did you know that St. Francis created the first Nativity Scene? Yes, he did! My children and I LOVE this book. It’s the true story of how St. Francis of Assisi and the villagers of Greccio created a joyful celebration for Christ’s birthday, and how we still do the same today.
Yes, this is the same Frank McCourt who wrote Angela’s Ashes. And the same Angela, but when she was a little girl in Ireland. This might top the list of my all time favorite Christmas stories. Little Angela worries about Baby Jesus in the Nativity Scene in the church. He has no blanket and must be cold! She decides to help, not matter what the cost… and the rest will make you laugh out loud and maybe shed a tear or two.
This book is a work of art, with gilded and embossed pages and amazing illustrations. My children literally sit and run their hands over each page. I could frame this book! A poetic story of four travelers to Bethlehem and the four animals who carry them. An angel asks the animals to choose while traveler they would like to carry. Who carries the Greatest of Them All?
Good grief, I literally sobbed at the end of this book the first time I read it to my kids. They thought I was crazy. So, just read it to yourself first and THEN read it to your kids! :) This is a retelling of an old French legend. It tells the story of a juggler’s life… and he ultimately gives his greatest gift to the Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. An amazing book, every time.
There is just something catching about the simple, poetic rhythm of this story. It is a simple, rural retelling of the Christmas story. A great book for small children and older ones alike.
Another work of art! Mary sings a beautiful lullaby to the baby Jesus and in her song she describes how the world around Him is rejoicing at His birth. Just look at that illustration! The sweet birds covering Baby Jesus with their feathers to keep him warm.
“The inn was full. It was cold in the stable, dark and bare. But Mary held her baby close, and when he fussed, as babies do, she sang a little cradle song all for the newborn baby.”
Countless painters and illustrators have been moved to illustrate the Christ child for us. The author has selected a wide and beautiful variety of artistic depictions of the birth of Jesus and combined it with a well told narrative. There are 43 different images in the book, and an artwork reference page in the back, if you find an artist you are particularly inspired by. Love it!