I had the idea to review a few Christmas books after I chatted with another shopper in Home Sense about trying to find quality books that focused on giving or the Christmas story, instead of getting and Santa (sorry big man). I realized that we had quite a few quality Christmas books at home and from a recent trip to the library, so I thought I would share with you the ones we’ve been reading this holiday. All these books can be found at Indigo or hopefully at your local library!
Room For a Little One (above)
By Martin Waddell
My kids loved this book! It follows the story of a big ox who continually lets animals into his manger, uniting unlikely friends such as a cat and a dog, giving examples of peace that can happen if we’re accommodating. Eventually a surprise family makes their appearance (Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus), and its subtlety is really nicely done.
Little Bunny Finds Christmas (above)
By Pirko Vainio
This book follows adorable woodland animals who are in search of Christmas, and eventually stumble upon a manger and baby Jesus has just been born. I love how subtle and beautiful the Christmas story is presented.
The Christmas Quiet Book
By Deborah Underwood
If you have any of the other Quiet books, this book is very similar and shows different scenarios of quiet time over the holidays. I love the illustrations and the feeling of calm I have when reading this book!
By Rick Walton
This book is about a bunny family celebrating with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. I loved the focus on family and celebration.
Woodland Christmas: Twelve Days of Christmas in the North Woods
By Frances Tyrrell
This book is the 12 days of Christmas song in illustration form. The pictures are so beautiful and it’s fun to follow along with the story if you know the song.
A Very Merry Christmas
By Maudie Powell-Tuck
This book follows a mouse family that gets together with their friends at Christmas, and quickly learns how different everybody’s traditions are! This makes their Christmas gathering so special for everyone.
By Paulette Bourgeois
First of all, our whole family loves Franklin. I love that the author is Canadian, that his parents are super cool and can be found doing all of the housework together, and that Franklin is a kind and caring little guy. At Franklin’s school, there’s a children’s toy drive so all of the students have been asked to give a new or gently used toy. Franklin’s having a hard time parting with his toys until he begins to understand how important it is and how happy it makes him to give something. Such a good lesson about being generous.