We have a whole stack of Christmas books that come out the day after Thanksgiving every year along with the tree, decorations, and music! Reading Christmas books with the boys is a true delight of the season for me! Here are a few of our favorites, some old and some brand new to us this year…

Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

This adorable board book is written from the perspective of the animals in the stable awaiting the arrival of a special guest on Christmas Eve. I love the anticipation of Jesus’s birth the book portrays in the animals – it has always made the boys excited as well!

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

This book is written by the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible – enough said, right?! Song of the Stars shows all of Creation rejoicing at the coming of the Savior – lions and trees and stars and more!

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren

We love all of Lisa’s God Gave Us books, but the Christmas is super sweet. Inquisitive Little Cub starts by asking his mama, “Who invented Christmas?” and she goes on to answer his many questions about the holiday. Little Cub reminds me of our own curious boys!

The Friendly Beasts: an old English Christmas carol

I’m just noticing how many of our favorite Christmas books involve animals…

This beautifully illustrated book also comes with a CD featuring Rebecca St. James singing the featured Christmas carol! The boys recognized the song right away as the music played by their Veggie Tales nativity! They love the animals and I love that we are learning the song better!

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Emma Kragen

Not a single spiritual thing about this book, but I had to mention it because the boys sing through it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. They absolutely love it. There is also a movie by the same name, which we have enjoyed as a family as well!

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

A new book for us this year, we were totally captivated by this story of a boy who gets stuck in a mountain cabin during a snowstorm and hears the Christmas story for the first time, told from Creation through the Resurrection. It is a gorgeous book and one we will read every year!

The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy by Lori Walburg

The boys always turn their candy canes upside down to show me they turn into a J – and they quickly add “J for Jesus!” That’s the same focus this book takes – telling the legend of the candy cane that points to Jesus! This is a delightful new addition to our Christmas collection this year!

A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker

Perfect for younger children, this board book features a small child praying prayers of thanks and blessing on Christmas night. The child mentions each of the important figures in the Nativity as she prays, and the charming rhyme will be fun to read with your own child!

Christmas Angels (Read and Share) by Gwen Ellis

From the popular Read and Share series from Tommy Nelson, Christmas Angels tells the stories of the angels that had important jobs throughout the Christmas story, including Gabriel and the angels who greeted the shepherds to announce the Savior’s birth!

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle

I hesitate to add this book because it is out of print, but it is just so unique and wonderful, I had to include it! There is a lot of history behind this Christmas carol, but I didn’t even know a tenth of it until reading this book! The Real Twelve Days of Christmas explains the Christian symbolism found in the song, which was actually used to teach Christian doctrine to children in 16th-century England when persecution was happening! If you can’t tell, this book fascinates me!

What are your favorite, must-read books at Christmas time?


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