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Searching For Christmas Picture Books?
This is the time of year that we can get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle. Have you been busy with shopping, traveling, baking, and a million other obligations? Wouldn’t you rather take a few moments to snuggle on the couch with your kiddos and some great books?
Reading books together is the best way to wind down during the busy season. And, not only do Christmas picture books provide tons of entertainment for the kids through the whole holiday season, they also make great gifts.
Christmas picture books do so much more than provide entertainment. They are great at instilling values into our kids at Christmas. They help bring the focus back on giving, love, friendship, compassion and Jesus. We all need a little help with that, don’t we?
Every year, before we’ve even had our pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, the kids start begging to get out our Christmas books. We started a collection the year my twin girls were born… buying one Christmas book for each of them. When we had another child and then one more, we realized getting them each a book every year was going to get out of hand. We have since, started adding just one book each year to the collection. Honestly though, I’m a sucker for Christmas picture books and have been known to sneak an extra in now and then.
This is their favorite thing about the Christmas season. We read about 3 of these books every single night until Christmas is over, then we sadly pack them up and put them away until next year.
I wanted to share with you some of our books. According to the kids, these are the best Christmas picture books and they are the ones that get read over and over throughout the season.
The Best Christmas Picture Books
The Gingerbread Pirates – After making pirate gingerbread cookies with his mom, Jim heads to bed with one wish, that Captain Cookie had a ship of his own. During the night, the crew of gingerbread cookie pirates comes to life, has an adventure. After the crew is nearly eaten by Santa, both Jim and the pirate cookie crew get their wish.
One Snowy Night– After a little hedgehog wakes up from a deep sleep, some forest friends give each other a Christmas gift and rescue their friend from a cold, snowy night. This book focuses on friendship and giving.
Snowmen At Night – In this fun book we learn about the adventures snowmen have at night. I bet you always thought they just stood still there on your front lawn. This is technically a winter, not Christmas book, but it makes sense to read at Christmas. We also have the Snowmen at Christmas book, but we like this one better.
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! – In this book mouse learns that it truly is better to give than receive.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – When Mr. Willowby has a Christmas tree delivered it ends up blessing many others throughout the story. The repetition and rhyme in this story are followed by a sweet and surprising ending.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – OK, every single year this makes us sob. It is an absolutely beautiful story about a lonely woodcarver, a widow and a young boy. A surprising friendship develops between them and leads to a “joyful miracle.”
Mortimer’s Christmas Manger – An adorable story about a mouse just wanting somewhere nice to sleep. These illustrations are adorable and it’s a lovely story that reinforces the Nativity Story.
Bear Stays Up – Bear always sleeps through Christmas, but this year his friends want him to stay up and celebrate with them. They spend the night keeping him busy so he won’t miss out. Then they all have a surprise in the morning.
Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree – Here the Berenstain family works at decorating their Christmas tree in this delightful lift-the-flap book. Each of the flaps reveals a surprise as they work together at trimming the tree.
Merry Christmas Little Critter – In our house we love Little Critter and I think we’ve picked out every book that our library holds. In this book, Little Critter shares with us all about how his family enjoys the Christmas season. This is also a lift the flap book.
Gingerbread Friends – Jan Brett’s illustrations are as amazing as always in this fun gingerbread story. She even includes a gingerbread cookie recipe in her drawings. Gingerbread Baby is lonely and just wants to make friends. He leaves home looking for some and after being chased home, feeling disheartened, he finally gets his wish.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – Ok, I think we all know this story… my kids absolutely love to read it over and over, but insist that their dad do it in his best Grinch voice … OK, I insist, too.
I Spy: Christmas – We all love laying in front of the fire and searching for the hidden items on the pages of this book. Even though we look at it every single year, there are still some things that it takes us forever to find.
Enjoy Some Down-Time This Christmas
My kids are now between the ages of 6 and 11 and they love all these books. We have many, many more, but I wanted you to see the ones that get read the most. If you add these Christmas picture books to your shopping list this year, your kids will be delighted, and you will appreciate the extra down-time, snuggled on the couch. It’s not too late to add some to your collection. You can even buy some for your nieces, nephews and grandkids.
Do you have favorites of your own? Share them in the comments and maybe I’ll find a new favorite (I’m always looking). Let me know, too, if you add one of these to your collection.
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