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Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Books

I love getting recommendations for good books. And I love pulling out all of our Christmas books this time of the year. I’ve already added a few new ones to our collection this year. I love the illustrations just as much as the stories.

So, if you are looking for a few new Christmas books to give as gifts or to read in your own home or classroom, here are several of my favorites!

snowman at night

Snowmen at Night

By Caralyn Buehner, Illustrated by Mark Buehner

Everyone should have the snowmen books. The illustrations are wonderful and the rhymes fun to read. My kids love finding all of the hidden pictures inside the pictures.

snowmen at christmas

Snowmen at Christmas

By Caralyn Bueher, Illustrated by Mark Buehner

The second book in the snowmen series. We just love these.

moritmer's christmas

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

By Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Jane Chapman

My sister shared this book with me one year. It is an adorable story of little Mortimer mouse who moves from his cramped mouse hole into a house just his size and learns the real meaning of Christmas.

room for a little one

Room for a Little One

By Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Jason Cockcroft

I fell in love with the soft, beautiful illustrations in this book. The rhyme and story are just as sweet. All of the animals make room for each other and then make room for the little one at the end. Love this book.

christmas miracle of jonathan toomey

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

By Susan Wojciechowski, Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

A friend gave this book to me for Christmas almost 15 years ago. It is a beautiful story of Jonathan Toomey a grumpy, lonely woodcarver who is asked to carve a new nativity. As he carves and is befriended by the widow and her son, love and happiness come back to his life.

Mr. willowby's christmas tree

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

By Robert Barry

A new favorite this year. I had never heard of this book but it has actually been around for a long time! I loved this story. Mr. Willowby puts up his Christmas tree only to find it is a little too tall. The top is cut off and given to the maid, who finds that her tree is perfect, just a little too tall. She cuts the top off and leaves it out with the trash. The story goes on and on until everybody has a tree as wonderful as Mr. Willowby’s!

bear stays up for christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

By Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Poor bear is so tired, but his friends help him stay up for Christmas. I love the fun and warmth of their little party inside the cave all through Christmas Eve until Christmas morning. A great rhyming story.

night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

By far, my favorite version of this story. Mary Engelbreit’s illustrations are colorful, charming and beautiful. My kids love reading this story and looking at all of the fun details.

merry christmas big hungry bear

Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear

By Audrey & Don Wood

Another new favorite this year. I love the original story and was excited to find this Christmas version. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is heartwarming as little mouse shares his gifts with the big, hungry bear in the dark, cold cave. A delightful Christmas story.

christmas day in the morning

Christmas Day in the Morning

By Pearl S. Buck, Illustrated by Mark Buehner

Another one of my favorite Christmas stories to get out each year. The illustrations just make it that much more charming. A young boy decides to give his father the best Christmas gift ever by getting up early in the morning to get all of the farm chores done. I love the Christmas message it sends of the best gifts we can give.

christmas in the manger

Christmas in the Manger

By Nola Buck, Illustrated by Felicia Bond

Simple text. Clear and simple illustrations. A beautiful Christmas story about Baby Jesus.

the christmas train

The Christmas Train

By Thomas S. Monson, Illustrated by Dan Burr

Another new story we added to our collection this year. The illustrations and true story of Thomas S. Monson as a boy are warm and beautiful.


  1. I just started making my Christmas list for the library so I was excited to see your list. You have several here I've never read. Can't wait to check them out! :)

  2. I've never commented on here before but I LOVE your blog! My sister-in-law and I have started doing preschool with our little ones at home (each just on our own) but we write up our own lesson plans and we get tons of ideas from your blog! So THANK YOU for sharing! You inspire us both and we are so thankful for your great ideas! I too have been getting my Christmas Book list ready so I'm excited to check these out! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thanks for sharing this books information with us. I want to gift the books of christmas festival to my brother's children. All books are well known. Now, I can easily select the the books for gift.


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