Around the transition of each season, I pull out our favorite seasonal books and keep them on a kitchen counter, so that these books are always around. I often read them to the boys at breakfast. We took our Christmas boxes out of the garage this weekend, and were delighted to find our collection of Christmas books waiting for us. Here are some of our favorites:
The 12 Days of Christmas and The Night Before Christmas by Robert Sabuda - the traditional versions, with exquisite pop-up art.
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell. As predators and prey gather together in the stable, they learn lessons about tolerance and generosity, and witness the birth of the baby Jesus.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is a simple and lovely interpretation of the nativity story.
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown is the sweet story of a living pine tree and it's presence in a family's holiday.
The Animals' Merry Christmas by Richard Scarry. This Christmas collection is full of beautifully illustrated funny animal stories and poems.
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren. This story of Christmas contains all that I hope my children will remember from their childhood Christmases - baking, singing, celebrations with friends and family, and much joy.
The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle Von Olfers. While staring out the window at snowflakes the character realizes they are actually little snow children that then carry her away on a magical winter adventure. Beautifully illustrated.
What are your favorite Christmas reads?