Advent celebrations frequently turn into another shopping feast, but in our family we like to keep it simple. We read a Christmas book together every night, leading up to the holiday. The following ten books have made my kids very happy. We read them in December only and then we put them in a box and store them in the garage till next year. We also like to fill our Advent with holiday activities, events, crafts and parties, as opposed to gifts and candy.
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The New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. Spending Christmas with those we love is the best gift of all, however. In my opinion, there is no Christmas without this simple and wonderful book.
In this heartwarming Christmas story, Faith-the fairy gets lost and cold, while animals help her, demonstrating the Christmas spirit. The illustrations are spectacular and the story is beautiful and kind.
This book presents a beautiful story of the holiday season. The illustrations are spectacular and the simple story is heartwarming and real.
In this imagination-igniting story, Annie’s cat, Taffy, disappears and she is lonely. She looks for a friendly, furry pet near the woods, but a giant moose, a grumpy bear and others show up to eat her corn cakes until they are all gone. They leave, and to Annie’s surprise, out of the woods comes Taffy with her three new kittens.
This wonderful Christmas tale, set in the late 1800s, shares the touching story of a young boy named Peter, who sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea. This story teaches such a wonderful lesson in kindness and generosity, it makes me cry every time I read it!
From amazon.com: “Author of nearly a hundred books for children and adults, and winner of both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, Pearl S. Buck has captured the spirit of Christmas in this elegant, heartwarming story about a boy’s gift of love. Originally published in 1955, this classic story is now being issued, for the first time ever, as a picture book with glorious full-color art by acclaimed artist Mark Buehner.” Rob wants to get his father something special for Christmas this year, but it’s already Christmas Eve, and he doesn’t have much money. Suddenly, he thinks of the best gift of all…
In this book, illustrated by Jan Brett, all the splendid images of The Twelve Days of Christmas song come joyously alive. Kids can sit for hours, looking at these illustrations! Look closely and you’ll see not only the extravagant gifts given by a suitor to his lady, but a love story, a family’s busy Christmas preparations, “Merry Christmas” in eleven languages, and a veritable menagerie of charming creatures.
Four of Jan Brett’s bestsellers are combined in this gorgeous treasury. These “snowy” books set in irresistible winter landscapes are a must for a holiday season. The book includes four of Jan Brett’s bestselling titles: Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears, set in Switzerland, the Ukraine, Denmark and the Arctic, respectively.
With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make overgrown pine’s wish to become a Christmas tree come true. The poetry is beautiful, the illustrations are great.
From amazon.com: “Jan Brett creates an original Christmas story full of warmth and magic. Featuring beautiful borders, intricate illustrations, and a stunning display of the Northern Lights, Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? will rightfully take its place among Jan’s Christmas favorites with the whole family.”
In this book, each gorgeous illustration is presented as a triptych: the middle panel represents the text, and the side panels present what is happening with the other characters. This is a good book for learning about Scandinavia, but it also evokes the Arctic in general. The premise is that each Christmas the trolls come and eat Kyri’s Christmas feast. This year a boy on his way to Oslo with his ice bear will help chase the trolls away!