By TMoM Team Member Anna Keller
A couple of years ago, we started a new family Christmas tradition. We already had quite a few children’s Christmas books, but I wanted a total of 25 books. I researched our options, visited our local used bookstore (shout-out to McKay’s!), and upped our Christmas book count so we had one for every day of December leading up to Christmas.
First, I wrap the books individually, and then my kids open a book a day from December 1 through 25. It’s now a neat way to space out our Christmas reading. Each book gets attention and focus. PLUS, my kids love unwrapping a present every day of the month!
I was reminded, while getting the books wrapped this year (on November 30 – down to the wire!), of how much I love so many of these sweet holiday stories. We’ve grown to love so many new ones, along with classics like Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
A Few of Our Favorite Christmas Books
If you’re looking to add to your Christmas children’s book collection, I’m happy to share a few of our favorites!
Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares
This book is fun because it incorporates lots of neat facts about the iconic annual Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. The tale chronicles two cardinal friends that get separated but thankfully find one another – and ultimately have a magical Christmas.
Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger and Elizaveta Tretyakova
This story is about a sleigh who dreams of becoming Santa’s sleigh. She becomes discouraged when she’s told she’s too small, too young, too untalented. But her story takes an exciting and uplifting turn when she discovers she absolutely does have a Christmas purpose.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Kids of all ages will love this story! Mr. Willowby is looking for the perfect Christmas tree for his home It is almost right – it just needs a little trim off the top. As the story goes on, several others get to enjoy a perfect-for-them Christmas tree as a result!
Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares
I must say, this book is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. It’s a tale about a young reindeer whose part of the traveling circus. Yet, he wants a different reality. She sets off to find it, and meets Santa along the way! That’s where the real magic begins…
When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey and Geneviève Godbout
This is such a fun imagining of what Santa might have been like as a baby, a child, and an adolescent. BEFORE he was the jolly old gift-giving man we all know and love!
Christmas Farm: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids by Mary Lyn Ray and Barry Root
This is a wonderful story that spotlights the friendship of an older woman and her 5-year-old neighbor (so sweet and special). It shares how they work together to carefully and patiently plant and then grow Christmas trees. I’m always a fan of “where things come from” stories, and this one definitely checks that box!
Comment below with your favorite children’s Christmas books.