We’re in that controversial time of year. Halloween is over, Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet. Sooooo — do you start up the Christmas music yet or not?
I’ve gone back and forth over the years. Sometimes, I crank up the holiday tunes the minute the kids come in from trick-or-treating. This year, I backed off a bit. I think we’re going to unpack our Christmas books this weekend and read our favorites.
So here are 14 awesome Christmas books, to help you and your kids celebrate the season.
Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett — Set in Norway, this is a beautifully illustrated book with a delightful story about naughty trolls who are bent on gobbling up a family’s Christmas dinner. Will they do it again this year?
Through the Animals’ Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell — Again, beautifully illustrated. It’s the Christmas story, simply told through the eyes of the animals (including a few I’ve never seen featured in Christmas books before).
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman — Poor Bear! It’s Christmas. And winter. And he desperately wants to hibernate while at the same time wanting to celebrate with his friends. Kind of like me.
Who is Coming to our House? by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff — My kids have loved this book since before they could talk. A simple, rhyming story about all the animals getting their barn ready for a very special guest.
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett — I know. Jan Brett’s on here twice. But her colorful illustrations just lend themselves to the holiday season. This is a fun twist on the story of the gingerbread boy.
The Night Before Christmas (pop-up book) by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Robert Sabuda — Sabuda’s pop-up books are just amazing. I’d take this down to read with the kids, but I’d put it up between times to keep it from getting ripped.
Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s For Dinner? by Tomie dePaola — After the presents are delivered, Santa heads home to a giant family dinner. And just as it happens with many of us, his dinner doesn’t go as planned, and his family might stress him out a little.
Duck and Goose: It’s Time for Christmas! by Tad Hills
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg — I think we can call this a classic now. Definitely one to read every year.
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Diane Goode
The Animals’ Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum
Olive the Other Reindeer by J.otto Seibold
What’s your favorite Christmas book?
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