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One of our favorite, long-standing Christmas traditions is reading Christmas books together. I've posted many of our reading lists on this blog. This year, I asked Guy (age 10) to choose our Christmas reading list based on the books we have in our family library. He came out of my bedroom and announced that he was going to read us the first book.
He chose "Always Room for One More" by Sorche Nic Leodhas. He said, "I picked it, not because it's a Christmas book, but because the main character is always opening his home to help traveling strangers. And because he did that, he was blessed with more. The lesson is, 'trust the Lord.'"
My parents really started this tradition by reading "The Littlest Angel" to us every Christmas Eve. It caused me to want to have that special reading time with my kids even more and has lead me over the years to search out the very best books.
We hope that you will enjoy this year's Christmas reading list. As you can see the stories are mainly focused on serving and bringing joy to others, which is the one thing that really makes Christmas feel like Christmas. Thanks to Guy for putting this together!
Here is our 2015 Christmas Book List.
As you read these books together, ask children to identify what the characters did to serve or give to others. Click on the links to read more about our favorite books and see some of the crafts we've done over the years to accompany our reading...In addition to crafts (which are fun to give away), you could find some way to emulate some of the service you might read about in our book selections!
1. "Always Room for One More" by Sorche Nic Leodhas
2. "Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect" by Richard H. Schneider
(See a craft idea here.)
3. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson
4. "Christmas Oranges" (My favorite version of the story is here.)
5. "A Christmas Dress for Ellen" by President Monson
(See a craft idea here.)
6. "Who is Coming to Our House?" by Joseph Slate
7. "The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy" by Jane Thayer
8. "The Last Chimney of Christmas Eve" by Linda Oatman High
(See our craft idea here.)
9. "I Believe in Santa Claus" by Diane G. Adamson
10. "The Crippled Lamb" by Max Lucado
(See the craft we made here.)
11. "This is the Stable" by Cynthia Cotten
(See craft here.)
12. "Christmas is Here" Illustrated by Lauren Castillo
(You could make these snow babies or another nativity.)
13. "Humphrey's 1st Christmas" by Carol Heyer
14. "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon
15. "A Small Miracle" by Peter Collington (Read my review here.) This book used to be out of print but returned to print in the last few years.
16. "Christmas Day in the Morning" by Pearl S. Buck (Read my review here.)
17. "We Were There" by Eve Bunting
(Links to the craft here.)
18. "Animals' Christmas Eve" a Golden Book
19. "A Shepherd's Whisper" by Heyward Broun
20. "I See Santa Everywhere" by Glenn McCoy
21. "Helping Santa" by Bert Dodson (Here's one way we've taught our Children to help Santa!)
22. "Santa Mouse" by Michael Brown
23. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" a Golden Book
(Catch visions of sugar plums here.)
24. "The Littlest Angel" by Charles Tazewell
25. "The Christmas Treasury for LDS Families" a selection of great stories, poems, songs, etc.
26. "Morris' Disappearing Bag" by Rosemary Wells
***There are more great books about serving and loving others...so many more. Just flip through our other lists to see them...Including "The Christmas Candle" and many more! Have fun!
Here are some more Christmas tradition ideas:
OUR CHRISTMAS BOOK LISTS: