12 Days of Christmas Children's Books
I will have to preface this list by admitting that I'm a classics kinda-gal, but I do love some new Christmas stories too & they are included in my list! Enjoy!
1. The Light of Christmas
by: Richard Paul Evans
This story teaches the true meaning of Christmas when a young boy, Alexander, makes the trip to see the giant Christmas tree get lit each year & he shows kindness to an old man in the snow on the way, even though it means he will probably miss the ceremony.
2. The Gifts of the Animals
by: Carole Gerber
This story is about the stable animals & what gifts they shared with the baby Jesus.
3. The Polar Express
by: Chris Van Allsburg
(we love reading this one with a bell!) A young boy can't go to sleep on Christmas Eve & then he hears a train whistle outside his house. As the train conductor beckons to him, he decides to board the train (the Polar Express) which is headed to the North Pole. There's a gathering with Santa & his elves & one lucky child gets to tell Santa what he wants & receive the first gift of Christmas. The boy wishes for a bell from the reindeer harness & is so excited about his gift, that when he gets back on the train, he discovers a pesky hole in his pocket, where the beloved bell has slipped out from. But he gets a nice surprise from Santa Claus on Christmas morning.
4. The Night Before Christmas
by: Jan Brett (her illustrations are phenomenal! Check out her Christmas reindeer & Gingerbread Baby books too!!!)
The classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house" poem with amazing illustrations.
5. Christmas Oranges
by: Linda Berger
In the orphanage, Mr. Crampton is very strict with the children & inflicts many punishments on Rose. She sees the Christmas tree gets adorned with many oranges, but then gets punished again & seemingly will miss out on the tradition of receiving her own sweet orange.
6. Red & Lulu
by: Matt Tavares
Two birds who are friends & fly together are searching for signs of the Christmas spirit. Red goes in search of her friend Lulu & finds her in the giant Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center & they have a happy reunion.
7. 12 Days of Christmas
by: Laurel Long
The popular Christmas song with accompanying illusrations.
8. The Legend of Old Befana
by: Tomie dePaola
*(Birds of Bethlehem is also a cute one.)
Old Befana meets 3 strangers who are in search of the Christ child & who follow the star to find him. It's a heartwarming Italian Christmas tale.
9. The Little Reindeer
by: Nicole Killen
A little girl meets a lost reindeer in the woods and brings its collar with bells back. I love the foil in the illustrations & die cut pages.
10. The Christmas Train
by: Thomas S. Monson
Tom Monson always wanted an electric train for Christmas. He finally gets one, but then his mom buys a train for the boy down the street. Tom wants one piece from that boy's train set & takes it, but after seeing the joy it brings the little boy to have his very own train, he feels bad for removing it & runs home to bring it to the neighbor. Truly a touching story of Christmas giving.
11. Silent Night
by: Lara Hawthorne
The illustrations that go along with this classic Christmas carol are neat to take in; this is a newer publication too.
12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by: Dr. Seuss
This classic tale reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas; the Grinch, an outcast, attempts to remove every decoration & food item from the Whos down in Whosville. But then he feels remorse when his sleigh gets overfilled & he looks down on Whosville on Christmas morning & is surprised to hear the Whos waking up & singing just like normal. They carry the Christmas spirit, which he learns about by watching them.
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Hi, I'm Katie! I'm 33 years old, love the outdoors, reading books & being a mama! And I also enjoy literacy research for my podcast.