TOP NINE CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Christmas books are great ways to connect with your children. It’s more fun when you all take turns reading animatedly, bringing the stories to life. I want to make sure that you don’t miss out on the good stuff when you’re shopping for books this holiday.
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
Perhaps it’s time to introduce your kids to everyone’s favorite reindeer. The book identifies with kids that feel like they don’t fit in. Rudolph is bullied by other reindeers because of his nose but ends up being chosen by Santa to lead the sleigh in the harsh weather so that his nose can illuminate the way. A great lesson to show kids that their “defects” can be their superpowers.
The Polar express is about a boy that wakes up on Christmas Eve to the sound of a train that stops to wait for him outside his house. He gets on it and goes on a night of adventures with many other kids, ending up at the North Pole where he meets Santa and receives the first gift of the Christmas. The Polar Express will remind your kids to never lose their belief and wonder in Christmas.
Stick Man is about a stick who has a family. A dog grabs him one day and from then on he moves from one risky situation to the next with people and animals wanting to make use of him and he even almost gets used for firewood. Eventually he gets saved on Christmas and is returned home.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
How the Grinch Stole Christmas has many lessons and it’s a great reminder to kids that there are people that don’t have anyone to spend Christmas with. The Grinch is a bitter figure who hates Christmas because of how he spent it alone, feeling unloved in the orphanage he grew up in. He seeks to make everyone in his town experience the same feeling by stealing their presents from Santa so that there’s no Christmas.
Of course that’s not how the book ends. 6-year old Cindy Lou plays a part in making him see things differently and towards the end, he returns the presents and has Christmas dinner at her place.
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
Frosty the snowman was written first as a song by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson. Romeo Muller later wrote the story, inspired by the song which was turned into a popular Christmas cartoon. A group of kids make a snowman and place a hat on his head which was thrown away by a magician. The hat has magic powers and brings Frosty to life. When the magician that owned the hat realizes that the hat is magical, he decides that he wants it back.
The story continues with the magician taking the hat back and then having it stolen from him and given back to Frosty. As he continues to pursue the hat, the kids send Frosty on a train to the North Pole so that he doesn’t melt which he still does when he sacrifices himself so that sweet Karen can stay warm in a greenhouse. Santa reassures Karen that Frosty’s snow is made of magic and hey presto, he comes back to life. But that’s not the end of the story. Buy it to find out how it ends. The
It would be remiss to have a list of Christmas books without having one that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. The Christmas story, written by Jane Werner has beautiful illustrations and children can easily read it on their own.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Lastly the list ends with A Christmas Carol, a Charles Dickens classic, which is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. Scrooge gets me so riled up at how mean he is. Despite his wealth, he pays his poor, struggling employee, Bob Cratchit, peanuts, even though he knows that Bob has children to feed. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by his former partner, Jacob Marley, to change his ways or he will suffer a horrible fate when he dies, just like what Jacob is going through. Jacob warns him that he will be visited by 3 ghosts, one on each of the following three days. The ghosts show him scenes from his past, present and future and convince him to change his mean ways and stop being stingy with money.
Books are a magical part of the Christmas season. Cuddle up and snuggle up and share these amazing classics with your little ones.
Until Next Time,