The Twelve Books of Christmas

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

The weeks before Christmas, our three daughters and our son would put on their footed pajamas and gather in our big bed.  We had a favorite Christmas book that was a collection of much loved stories such as  The Story of the Tree; The Littlest Angel; The Town that Forgot Christmas.  We also had an audio version of The Night Before Christmas. We would turn out all the lights, get under the blankets and gaze at the neighbor’s Christmas lights as we listened to the entire story.

Literature is an important part of the Christmas Celebration for many families.  What are your favorites? Do you remember a parent or grandparent reading to you at this time of year?  We’d love to hear your suggestions for Read Aloud Books for Christmas.

Here are a twelve that I think are especially nice to have on hand.  Remember, they may not suit your taste or need.  Every child is different.  But, check them out on Amazon or

1. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucdo

This sweet book tells the story of a lamb who felt left out and left behind.  But being left behind  allowed him to be present at the Nativity.

2. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale, Angela Elwell Hunt

Three trees on a mountain top have dreams about their own future.  Their futures come about in the most unexpected way.

3. Jacob’s Gift , Max Lucado

A carpenter’s young apprentice learns about carpentry and about God as he creates a feeding trough that becomes a baby’s cradle.

4. Christmas in the Trenches, John McCutcheon

In 1914, Christmas Eve, dark, wet and cold trenches separated the British and German soldiers.  Facing one another, they saw the barbed wire and swath of land that separated them –No Man’s Land.  Later that night, the British heard the Germans singing  Stille Nacht (Silent Night).  The British soldiers joined in and before long they left their trenches meeting in the middle.  This story of a short truce is touching and reminds children the world needs a lasting peace.  Good for ages 5 – 10.

5. Room For a Little One, Martin Waddell

Short, sweet and simple this telling of the Christmas story is perfect for preschool and early elementary aged children.  Kind Ox invites the other animals into the stable on a cold winter night.  Kind Ox greets them by telling there is always room for a little one.  Your little ones will enjoy this beautifully illustrated book.

6. God Gave Us Christmas, Lisa Bergen

I love any of Lisa Bergen’s little books for children.  She teaches truth in such an age-appropriate and tender way.  Little Bear asks Mama Bear about who made Christmas.  One question leads to another and Little Bear is satisfied with Mama’s answers.

7. The Animals Christmas Eve, Gale Wiersum

The first Christmas book I ever purchased for my baby daughter was this little golden book.  Sweet illustrations and rhymes make it one little ones will ask for over and over.

8. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Richard Paul Evans

This book was eventually made into a Hallmark movie.  It is a story of loss, heartbreak and hope and would be enjoyed by many elementary children.

9. The Christmas Box, Richard Paul Evans

Written as a gift for his children, Richard Paul Evans had no idea this book would touch so many hearts.  Weaving a tale of a family and an ailing widow, Evans eloquently reminds the readers that in a season of materialism and greed there is a greater gift awaiting us.  The gift of God’s Son.  Most children will understand the spiritual significance of this story.

10. Christmas Stories for Bedtime, Renae Brumbaugh

This book is 31 bedtime stories that are all centered around the birth of Jesus.  A good beginner book for helping children understand the people and places that surrounded Jesus’ birth.

11. Finding Father Christmas, Robin Jones Gunn

This teen book traces the steps of Miranda as she searches London for her real father.  It may be a great gift for the adolescent girl in your family.  Robin Jones Gunn is a good writer.

12. Christmas Day In the Morning, Pearl S. Buck

Pulitzer Prize Winner wrote this book in 1955 and has been charming readers forever.  It is a story that reminds parent and child of the love we can give to one another at this time of year.

What are your favorite Christmas books?  I would truly love to have your recommendations.

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