My kids are blessed with oodles of books. Most of them are from Grammy or Mama. I also consider myself a semi-professional thrift shopper, so finding little kid books for a quarter makes me happy and helps their growing collection ;)
Here are a 7 of our favorite true-meaning-of-Christmas books for young children:
Short and sweet little tale about the animals in the stable, welcoming each other and ultimately baby Jesus. I use silly voices for each animal and the kids love it :)
I adore this book. The illustrations are beautiful and it tells the true story of Jesus’ birth in lovely rhymes and accurate details. I may tear up when I read it.
The J is for Jesus
The kids really enjoy this little book. It gives new symbolism to the candy cane with a Gospel message. I did see a negative review on Amazonthat knocked the book as an urban legend: the book describes the candy cane as a “J” for Jesus, but this isn’t the true origination of the candy cane. I look at the book as a cute little way to share the truth with kids. I’m not trying to spread an urban legend… the candy cane part is a story. But if it really bothers you, skip out on this one.
The Christmas Story
This was a great little resource we used last year. What kid doesn’t love stickers? As they make the scene and add the characters, you have the opportunity to tell the Christmas story while hands are busy.
The Tale of Three Trees
OK, technically this one’s not a “Christmas” book, but it is one of my favorite books for children, creatively telling the story of Jesus from birth to the cross through the folktale of the trees. Tear up on this one, too :)
You’ve heard me praise this one already, but wanted to include because it is our main material for teaching the kids about advent this year. We used it last year, as well. You can simply use it as a Christmas devotional book, or you go all out with the crafts. Despite my valiant efforts, I only did a few of the crafts last year. This go around, we purchased the printable ornaments that go with, a little less creative, way more simple, and much more fitting with our family at this stage. Whatever’s more your thing.
What are your favorite books for sharing Christmas with your kids?
by grace… lauren
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