I love children’s books. Sometimes I think I should have been a children’s librarian. But that’s a whole other blog post. For now, I want to share some of my (current) favorite children’s books for Christmas. These are ones I found on my own bookshelves. I’m sure if I went to our local library, I would pick 5 OTHER books as my favorites!
1. Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff
In this book, the animals in the stable get ready for some special visitors: Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. The rhyming text does use some old words (1980s!) but it is still appropriate for a small child. David loves this board book, even though he just moo’s through the whole story.
2. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown
I loved this book as a child, probably because I love cats. Unfortunately I discovered I am allergic to them, but I can still enjoy this book. Written by a veterinarian, this book has no ties to the biblical narrative, but it still gives me warm fuzzies when I read it. Because of its length, it is more suitable for an older child with a longer attention span. (Sorry David)
3. The Little Drummer Boy – by Ezra Jack Keats
I have trouble not singing the song as I read this book. For those of you who are not familiar with the song or book, a little boy plays his drum for baby Jesus. I know that this is not necessarily based on the Bible, but I do appreciate the message: do what you do well for Jesus, and that will probably make Him smile.
4. This Is the Stable – by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Delana Bettoli
I found this treasure at some yard sale or thrift store, where I find most of my books. Simple rhyming text tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Young children enjoy reciting the repetitive words.
5. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Alison Jay.
Wow. I saw this in a bookstore and bought it at full price – it is that good! If you’re familiar with The Jesus Storybook Bible, then you may recognize the author’s style. All of creation is waiting and getting ready for the birth of Christ. I love how Sally Lloyd-Jones ties Jesus as baby and Jesus as co-creator together in this story.
What are your favorite children’s Christmas books?