We found some great gems this year as we read through Christmas picture books. We read a book each night after dinner and devotions. We let the kids take turns choosing books from the basket and they really looked forward to this. We started the day after Thanksgiving and kept reading one each day (repeating the good ones a couple times) until December 25. A wonderful thing happened in the process… they really developed a habit of attention for this read aloud time. By the time we reached Christmas, they both happily sat and listened to the whole Biblical Christmas story authored by God in the second chapter of Luke.
Here is the list of our favorite read-aloud Christmas picture books:
The Friendly Beasts, by Anna Vojtech
A beautifully illustrated version of the classic song.
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
A story about a farm boy who learns what giving is really about.
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
An illustrated book featuring my kids favorite Christmas carol.
Silent Night, Holy Night : A Christmas Carol, by Joseph Mohr
The carol put to beautiful pictures. My daughters favorite.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Lyrical text relates the birth of a child in a barn among the animals, with illustrations which depict the barn and people of a present-day farm.
An Early American Christmas written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
The inhabitants of a New England village never make much fuss about Christmas until a new family moves in and celebrates the holiday in a special way.
Silent Night: The Song and its Story written by Margaret Hodges; illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Tells how the well-known Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” first came to be written and performed in Austria in the early 1800s. We had to skip around on this one because it is a bit long for my 2 year old.
Christmas Soup by Alice Faye Duncan and Phyllis Dooley ; illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
A little boy learns about generosity and contentment.
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Jan Brett’s wonderful spin on the classic tale.
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
A cute story teaching the virtue of honesty.
The Elves and the Shoemaker retold from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Jim LaMarche
The classic story of the hard working elves.
December by Eve Bunting; illustrated by David Diaz
A story about helping those in need.
The Christmas Story (a Little Golden Book Classic), by Jane Werner
A very nice illustrated version of the Biblical Christmas story.
A Carol for Christmas by Ann Tompert; illustrated by Laura Kelly
A cute story of how Silent Night was written as observed by a church mouse.
Christmas trees by Robert Frost; illustrated by Ted Rand.
An illustrated version of Frost’s classic poem.
Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman
Mortimer Mouse moves into a nativity scene thinking it is the perfect home for him, until he discovers who truly belongs there.
Sophie’s Masterpiece : A Spider’s Tale by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrations by Jane Dyer
What are some of your favorite Christmas picture books? I would love to get some ideas for next year!