Children's Christmas Books

by sheilamarie

Christmas stories and books are a great tradition to share with your family. Special books that only come out at Christmas create memories to share.

So many of the warm fuzzies we feel at Christmas time come from the stories we share with others about this special season. Whether we celebrate Christmas as a religious holy day or a festive holiday, there are stories that pass from generation to generation that make the day special.

I've gathered some of my favorite Christmas books for sharing with kids on this page. Come explore them with me. Maybe you will discover one you'd like to share with your family.

Sharing Christmas Books with Children

A Time for Tradition and Stories

So much of what makes Christmas such a special time of year are the stories we tell year after year. There are so many parts of the Christmas celebrations that are special and festive, and many parts that are sacred and reverent, too. 

Children often have questions, such as, "Why do we have poinsettias at Christmas?"  

"Who first sang 'Silent Night'?"

"Why do we put candy canes on our tree?"

"Is Santa Claus real?"

As parents and grandparents, we don't always know the answers to these questions. That's why having a few books on hand that can explain these Christmas mysteries are so welcome.

Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive in our families is so important in a time when distractions from the meaning of Christmas are so rampant. Despite the financial hardships that we face this year, despite the consequences of over consumption that are ruining us, we still live in a time when desire for the latest in technologies and other items is inflamed in our kids by all they see and hear.

Stories that bring us back to simpler times and to the meanings behind all the glitz can settle us down and can help us remember the real joy of the season, which is recognizing our connection and love for each other. Those who are more religious will appreciate books that tell the story of the first Christmas. But even if your family does not believe in Christ, you may want your children to know the significance of the symbols of Christmas. These symbols connect them to their heritage and ancestors.

Advent Calendar Books

Delightful Way to Count Down the Days!
The Story of Christmas
$15.95  $9.54

The Legend of the Poinsettia

by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Poinsettia
$6.99  $2.49

Legends Connected to Flowers

The Poinsettia and the Christmas Rose

How did we come to connect Christmas time with particular flowers?

Tomie de Paola'a book The Legend of the Poinsettia is classic de Paola. His charming illustrations of a Mexican girl and her village tell the story of la flor de la Nochebuena--the flower of the Holy Night. A young girl's gift of herself is symbolized by the flower that blooms at Christmas time.

 In The Legend of the Christmas Rose, a young shepherd girl accompanies her brothers to welcome the holy child but has nothing to give to the new baby. She is shown some beautiful white flowers growing along the wayside. She gathers them to present them to the tiny child. When she opens her cloak, the flowers have been tinged with pink -- the first Christmas roses.

Both of these books have tender stories of love and self-giving. They help children recognize the love that is in the gift and the idea that the gift of oneself is far more worthy than any material possession.

Legend of the Christmas Rose

A Shepherd Girl's Gift
The Legend of the Christmas Rose
Only $14.95

The Legend of the Candy Cane

For All the Christmas Sweet Tooths!

Where did the candy cane come from anyway? This story tells one version when a stranger rides in to a prairie town . . .

The candy cane was shaped the way it was as a reminder of a shepherd's crook. It is now a well known symbol of Christmas time.

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Where Did the Candy Cane Come from?
The Legend of the Candy Cane
$16.99  $13.85

Silent Night, Holy Night

A Christmas Carol Story

The story Silent Night: The Song from Heaven is a retelling of the true story of how the carol "Silent Night" was written. Set in Austria in 1818, this story tells how church mice had chewed a hole in the bellows on the organ. Because the organ was out of commission for Christmas morning, the priest quickly jotted down some lyrics for a Christmas song and asked the organist to compose a melody that could be played with guitar and two voices. The carol "Silent Night" was born! 


Silent Night: Origin of a Favorite Christmas Carol

Song from Heaven
Silent Night: The Song from Heaven
$7.95  $3.95

A Cobweb Christmas

Spiders Make Things Festive (?)

Who would have thought that some lowly spiders were responsible for all the glitz of Christmas tinsel?

Charming story of a lonely old woman whose great delight was in decorating her Christmas tree and sharing treats with all the neighborhood boys and girls and the animals of the forest. How she longed for some Christmas magic to happen to her, and how delighted she was when the miracle of Christmas really did happen!

Cobweb Christmas

A Tree Decorated by Spiders
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel
$17.99  $15.89

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

In the 1800's, Peter's father is away at sea. He helps his family by selling newspapers. As Christmas approaches, Peter struggles with generosity and selfish desires. Children may identify with his struggles.

Peter learns the story of the real St. Nicholas who tossed bag of gold into the homes of young women who didn't have the means for a dowry.

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

Legend of the Christmas Stocking
$17.99  $10.29

Wizzley

Wizzley Article About Children's Christmas Books

by Tomie de Paola
Tomie de Paola is a beloved author who has written and illustrated several children's books on the theme of Christmas. Come explore what he has to offer.
Updated: 11/15/2016, sheilamarie
 
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