Every year after Christmastide we put our Christmas-themed books away so that when Advent begins it is the first time my children have seen them all year. I check out the ones we don’t own from the library and we place them in a basket with a festive bow. I love how these stories work their magic all Advent long as we prepare our hearts for Christmas morning. Here are our favorites.
Christmas Picture Books
Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov
The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard
Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
The Christmas Story Golden Books
The Dolls’ Christmas by Tasha Tudor
The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Berger
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell
The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie dePaola
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Books About Christmas Hymns
Good King Wenceslas by John Mason Neale, illustrated by Christopher Manson
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
Stephen’s Feast by Jean Richardson
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gennady Spirin
A Wreath of Christmas Legends by Phyllis McGinley, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
~ ADDITIONS! ~
The Christmas Story illustrated by Gennady Spirin
The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
What are your family’s favorite Christmas books? Please share in the comments below.
Also! See our Winter & Snow booklist under our picture books by topic here.
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