We love Christmas stories around these parts – we have a basket sitting by our fireplace packed full with our favorite holiday books. And don’t get me wrong, Santa gets his spotlight here and I definitely adore the magic that he brings to Christmas morning. But my absolutely totally favorite children’s Christmas books are about the Christmas first celebrated hundreds of years ago.
Reading about Jesus’ birth and how he changed the whole world is so overwhelmingly incredible, and each little story that we read with the kids is such a beautiful reminder of the greatest gift God sent to us. I love every opportunity during this season to talk with my kids about God giving us his son, and I think children’s books really help to drive home that message.
Here are our favorite Christmas books about Jesus:
1. The Story of Christmas. I love this series of books – there are all kinds of stories, from Easter to Abraham Lincoln, and they are written in a simplified and engaging language for kids. This is one of the best books to explain Christmas and the importance of Jesus’ birth, in my opinion!
2. Room for a Little One. This is a precious story in which the animals all join each other in the barn, with the repeating message of “there’s always room for a little one,” before finally welcoming Jesus into their barn too.
3. The Christmas Baby. This book ties in the wonderful story of Jesus’ birth with the birth of all babies – how excited the whole family is for the baby’s arrival, just as Mary and Joseph joyfully welcomed their baby.
4. Song of the Stars. Though the birth of the King of God seems to mostly go unnoticed by people, all of the other creatures and living of the earth rejoice with joy at his birth.
5. The Crippled Lamb. This book just makes me cry every time! I love Max Lucado’s children’s books. This book has several great messages… it’s about a lamb that is hurt and can’t go into the fields with the rest of his flock. He is so disappointed, until he eventually realizes that he gets to witness the birth of a king by staying behind in the stable.
6. The Candymaker’s Gift. I just grabbed this from the library last week, and my kids love it! They think candy canes are the bee’s knees, and this is a sweet story about the invention of the candy cane, and how the candy maker used his talents for making candy in order to share about Jesus Christ.
5. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. In this book, a cute mouse wants a home and stumbles across the nativity scene, where he makes himself cozy in Jesus’ manger. Then one night he learns about Jesus’ birth and gives back Jesus’ bed, prays to God to find him a new home, and ends up in a gingerbread house 🙂
7. Star Bright. A little angel is so excited about Jesus’ birth, but worried about what special present she could possibly give to him. In the end, she sees the wise men, lost in the dark, and comes up with a very bright and perfect gift.
8. Usborne Nativity Flap Book. Santa brought this book last year to my kids, and they both love it. And pulling open the flaps is great for working on Brenna’s fine motor skills too 🙂
So, are any of these Christmas books on your family’s favorites list too? What is missing from my list that our family can check out in the coming weeks?