The Sunday after Thanksgiving we pulled out our big tubs of Christmas decorations, and at the very top were the holiday books I’d tucked away from last year. The kids immediately started looking them over, begging us to read them. Zach happily obliged while I strung the lights around the tree. Then they jumped to playing with their nativity set and decorating their felt tree.
We’ve also pulled a lot of books (maybe 30ish) from our library’s shelf of holiday books, and I’ve requested a few that I really wanted to check out. This list is the best of the best. You’ll also notice a little star (*) next to the ones that I think are worth purchasing to tuck away in your own tub of decorations and pull out each year or to wrap up and tuck under the tree for a little one.
Nine books in one, and each is a gem. Definitely purchase it.
An ever tinier tree gets passed to ever tinier families.
Beautiful, old-timey illustrations of a little girl’s dream.
The moral of this story – to cheer and include the lonely at Christmas time – is worth a read for everyone at the holiday.
A classic about a mysterious, magical train ride.
I liked finding a book retelling the 1964 classic movie that Evie can read herself.
We did the same for Frosty, which is my kids’ current favorite holiday movie (they’re a little nervous about the Abominable Snowman).
We love Britta’s books, and the peek-through-holes had my kids enchanted. I think they’ve read it at least a dozen times.
Because seeing the Nutcracker Ballet is one of our favorite traditions with our daughter, I try to check out a lot of Nutcracker books before we go to remind her of the story line. I liked this book because it is from the perspective of a young ballerina who is performing in the show and learns that every role is important.
Worth owning thanks to the rhyming story and a Christmas tree that lights up on the last page. We were given this book and it’s especially good for little kids.
The most FUN Christmas book. My kids love it. (If you don’t have the original version, it’s also a must.)
I’ve read a lot of versions of the Nutcracker, and this one by Susan Jeffers is hands down our favorite. It ties in the ballet really well and helped Evie understand the story before we went to see it.
I happened upon this book in our local Little Free Library and Evie has been serenading us with carols ever since. The best.
Thick with games, songs, and funny stories about Huckle Cat.
So there you have it! Fourteen great books, and five worth owning. We also love to read and listen to the CDs of The Jesus Storybook Bible to remember the story of Jesus’ birth. Merry Christmas, friends!