Thursday, December 1, 2016

More Favorite Christmas Stories

We couldn't wait. Before we had turned the calendar to December, my children had pulled out our stack of Christmas books. I plan to reserve a few of our favorites from the library later this month. I try to be careful not to keep Christmas books too long so that others can enjoy them as well. 

Several years ago I shared several lists of Christmas books. But since then I've discovered some more books, so today I'm sharing an all-new list of favorite children's picture books about Christmas. 

And as always, I'd love to hear what you are reading. 

The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
A young boy learns his father's craft of harvesting “tears” of myrrh. A special surprise at the end connects it with the Christmas story. Beautiful illustrations.

Papa Panov's Special Day by Mig Holder Illustrated by Julie Downing
A lonely shoemaker waits for a special visitor on Christmas Day. A classic Russian tale, popularized by Leo Tolstoy, is retold with excellent illustrations.


Lucy's Christmas by Donald Hall, illustrated by Michael McCurdy
In 1909 in New Hampshire, a young girl prepares for Christmas by making gifts for her family and friends. Based on the life of the author's mother, this is a warm look at life a hundred years ago. The wood engraved illustrations add to the old fashioned charm.

One Candle by Eve Bunting
A family's Hanukkah celebration remembers the dark days of the Holocaust. Beautiful story of perseverance with lovely illustrations.

Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis, Illustrated by Pamela Querin
Annika hopes that this is the year that she will find the almond in her pudding. Take a journey to Sweden and enjoy a special Christmas celebration and the joy of giving. Dazzling illustrations bring the joy of Sweden to life.

Toot and Puddle search for the perfect gift to make for each other. A sweet Christmas story about friendship with delightful watercolor illustrations.

Winter’s Gift by Jane Monroe Donovan
A lost horse and a lonely man meet at Christmas to share the hope of new life. Warm paintings add to the beauty of this lovely Christmas tale.

Check out the past lists for more holiday reading.
Favorite Adult Christmas Books

Christmas Chapter Books for Children

Christmas Stories from Other Times and Places

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  1. I wonder if you've read "Wombat Divine"? It's a favourite with my family and someone brings it out every year. It's by Mem Fox, who wrote a lot of Australia's favourite children's books. Basically the story is about Wombat, who really loves Christmas and especially the Nativity play... but they can't find him a part because he keeps falling asleep. Here's a link to Mem's website: Another reason it's a favourite here is that there's no mention of snow or winter!

    1. I never heard of it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The Tale of three trees, The gift of the Magi, I Saw Three Ships are all part of our favorites list!


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