I LOVE Christmas, and you know I love books. So what could be better than Christmas books? We have a whole box we get out every December and they really help us get into the Christmas spirit. I love the idea of a book advent too. Wrap up 25 books and open one each day in the lead up to Christmas!
We have a couple of new ones to read this year and I can’t wait. I thought I’d share them, along with some of our favourites, and I’m getting in early in case you want to order any in time for December!
So here they are. Ten books to get you in the Christmas spirit…
The Nights Before Christmas
This is a new one and I’m really excited to read it! 24 Classic Christmas stories. We’re going to read one each day starting December 1st.An impressive list of authors, huh?
I think this will be really lovely to read each night as we anticipate Christmas.
In the back there is a section with more information about each story and author which is really interesting!
I love this book and think it’s the perfect addition to our collection.
Walk This World at Christmas Time
Just as the title suggests, this book takes us on a journey around the world at Christmas time.
There are lots of flaps to lift to find out interesting things! We get to see how Christmas is celebrated in many different cultures, the differences and the similarities.
Now this one is a favourite all year round here. Julia Donaldson is one of the kid’s all-time favourite authors.
I love all her books too. I can’t go past a rhyming book! They’re always highly entertaining. If you haven’t got this one, you really should. Follow stick man as he gets terribly lost and eventually rescued by Santa and delivered safely back to the family tree.
The Christmas Eve Tree
This is a heart warmer! A story of a homeless boy who rescues an unwanted tree and they end up having a magical Christmas eve together.
A beautifully illustrated book that shows the importance and potential that exists in even the smallest and seemingly insignificant things.
The Story Orchestra – The Nutcracker
The Christmas spirit is already entering our home because my 3-year-old just cannot stop playing with this one.
This is the classic story from the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’, AND it plays Tchaikovsky’s music! We are actually going to see the ballet in December so it’s especially perfect!
Each page plays a different piece, relating to the scene shown.
In the back there is more information on each piece of music. Such a beautiful book.
Another feel-good Christmas story. This one is about a lady and a young boy who work together over many years to grow Christmas trees.
A gorgeous celebration of friendship between young and old, determination, generosity, and the Christmas spirit.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
If you don’t already have the Grinch, it’s time you did! A lesson in what Christmas is really about.
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -Dr Seuss
If you’re looking for something with a nativity theme instead, here are a few beautiful suggestions…
Christmas Night, Fair and Bright
A lovely rhyming story with beautiful illustrations.
The Animals’ Christmas Eve
This simple little golden book was one of our first Christmas books and is still a favourite.
Song of the Stars
I adore the illustrations in this one.
“The skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep.
And tiny sandpipers danced it on shining sands… “It’s time! It’s time!”
What are your favourite Christmas books?