Hi there– Do you have favorite Christmas books that you go back to every year? I have a stack right here on the coffee table, just waiting for the grand-girls to come through the door. We like sweet. We like funny. We like endearing Christmas books. Here’s a few if you happen to have little readers on hand at Christmas:
The Christmas Pageant by Tomie DePaola makes use of the text from the gospels of Matthew & Luke, along with the simple, charming illustrations that are instantly recognizable as DePaola’s work. The story takes us through the Christmas story as presented by a group of children in their Christmas program celebrating Jesus birth.
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs is almost wordless, but chronicles Christmas Day for a rather grumpy Santa through a series of detailed illustrations. This British Santa packs his thermos of tea, flies over Buckingham Palace and makes a Christmas pudding. You have to admire this intrepid Santa and enjoy his little celebration when he finally arrives home.
Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant is the sweet story of a small girl who describes her Christmas in the country home of her grandparents. There’s the awkward Christmas tree that “seemed sometimes like an embarrassed guest” and Christmas dolls and aunts & uncles & cousins bringing pies– a gentle story made even better by DianeGoode’s tender illustrations
Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera is a rollicking adventure of Sophie and her mysterious Auntie. When she stows away in her Aunt’s luggage, she finds herself on a revealing trip to the North Pole and learns a lot about herself and Christmas. Vivid illustrations and a satisfying ending made this a fun book to read together.