What better time to share new stories with your children than at Christmas time? Tomie de Paola, a beloved children's author and illustrator, has created many wonderful Christmas books for families and for children. Several of these books are based on folk Christmas legends from different cultures, including Italy, France, and Mexico.
Reading one or a few of these stories help children get a feel of what Christmas is like in a different country. If your family originally hails from one of these countries, reading these books with your children is a great way to share some of the flavors of their ancestors and to help them connect with their cultural tradition.
The illustrations in all of Tomie de Paola's books are endearing with bright colors and stylized characters. Children are charmed by their simple shapes and welcome feel. Yet these illustrations are very beautiful as well and add layers to the story all in themselves.
Any of these books will be welcomed Christmas visitors to your family. They can be read again and again each year as a way to bring some of the Christmas spirit to life in your home.