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A Literary Advent: Children’s Literature for the Holiday Season

My family had many Christmas traditions. They involved music, decorating, food, movies, and gatherings. However, as we prepare to celebrate our first Christmas as a family of three, I’m interested in starting a new tradition; one that involves reading!

So, I present to you December’s children’s literature post, a literary advent.

You could offer these books in several ways:

  1. Put the books in a beautiful basket and let your child choose one each night.

  2. Wrap each book and open a book surprise each night.

  3. Strategically choose your books and bring one out each night in a particular order.

I will probably be combining number 2 and 3 because I’m a little type A, but still want my kiddo to have the fun of unwrapping as he gets older. I am presenting my list in the order I would likely use, but have fun and mix it up however you like.

This list includes some Christmas classics, but also some that I hope will be new to you and become quick family favorites. Although some of these books are intended for younger children, Christmas is a time to embrace the world with the wonder of a child, so these books can be enjoyed by Christmas lovers of all ages.

  1. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
  2. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allah and Janet Ahlberg
  3. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  4. The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
  5. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
  6. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
  7. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  8. The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel
  9. Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
  10. Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  11. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  12. The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
  13. An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
  14. Peef the Christmas Bear by Tom Hegg
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  16. Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story by Cynthia Rylant
  17. The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
  18. Walk This World at Christmastime by Big Picture Press
  19. Santa Claus The World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee
  20. Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard Schneider
  21. A Christmas Carol (choose any version you like, a great version exists for all ages)
  22. Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
  23. The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
  24. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett
  25.  The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry (or any version of the Christmas story)

Bonus Book:

Christmas Truce by Aaron Shepard

As a self professed history nerd, I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of the Christmas Truce of 1914 until a few years ago. This true story of a truce on Christmas Eve during World War I is heartwarming. Please pick up this book and share this amazing story of setting aside differences, even if for just one night, with your children.

Bonus Book for the Mamas:

The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told to Jeff Guinn

Over the years, I have read and reread this book several times during the Christmas season. It just puts me in the Christmas spirit and also has some fun fictionalized history. If you are looking for a fun read during the holiday season, pick this up and read it.

I know there are many other amazing Christmas books that could be added to this list.

Tell us: What is your favorite read during the holiday season?


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