Instead of a regular book review today, it feels like a good day to share some of my favorite Christmas books. There are childhood favorites, ones I regularly reread now, and ones that are both of those. I don’t know many new ones, so I’d love recommendations on your favorite Christmas/holiday books.
So, without further ago, in no particular order:
Great Joy (PB)
Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline, 2007
Beautiful art and a heartwarming story that highlights caring for others.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PB)
Dr Seuss, 1957
Fun rhyme and a classic example of learning to do better.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (MG)
Barbara Robinson, 1971
Humor and wildness that all wraps up nicely at the end.
Frankenstein’s Fright Before Christmas (PB)
Rick Walton and Nathan Hale, 2014
Well done parody that makes kids giggle.
The Legend of the Poinsettia (PB)
Tomie dePaola, 1997
Lovely story that connects kids with why people often have poinsettias at Christmas.
Letters from Father Christmas (MG)
JRR Tolkien, 2004 edition
A clumsy polar bear, battles, and present mishaps all told from Father Christmas’s perspective.
Christmas in the Big Woods (PB)
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Renee Graef, 1997
Adorable illustrated vignette adapted from the Little House series.
Cranberry Christmas (PB)
Wende and Harry Devlin, 1976
A good overcoming-the-Christmas-crank story.
St Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend (PB)
Julie Stiegemeyer and Chris Ellison, 2007
Inspired by the traditions, it helps us remember St Nicholas as a real person who helped real people.