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On Levi’s first Christmas, we started an Advent tradition in our house. We created a book countdown calendar! Each morning, we unwrap a Christmas book and read it together. I can’t wait to continue the tradition again this year!
One of the hardest things in creating this calendar was choosing which books to include! There are SO many Christmas books out there – and I wanted to choose ones that were fun to read, Christ-centered and would stand the test of time in our house.
So, with that in mind, let me share with you some of my favourite Christmas books that YOU can read with your family too!
The Shepherd on the Search
We love The Shepherd on the Search from Dayspring – and we take out our friend, Terry the shepherd every December 1st. Beyond the fun tradition, I love the storybook that comes with the kit – and we start our Advent calendar with it every single year! It has beautiful illustrations, it’s fun to read, and it drives home the meaning of the tradition and the true meaning of the Christmas season.
The Legend of St. Nicholas
The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Marshall is a beautifully illustrated and written story. I love reading this story because it incorporates the fun of Santa and gift-giving while focussing on Jesus and the real meaning of the Christmas season. This is a book that I will read with Levi over and over!
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a book that you and your kids will love reading! I love the rhythm and repetitiveness of the story and the illustrations that depict the first Christmas beautifully. It’s a great story to snuggle up with at bedtime during the Christmas season!
One Night in Bethlehem
One Night in Bethlehem by Jill Roman Lord is a great book for the littlest ones in your house! The illustrations and rhyming text are easy to read and remember, and the touch-and-feel elements of this book will be so much fun for the babies and toddlers you love!
Christmas in the Manger
Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck is another story the littlest ones in your house will love! It tells the Christmas story from the perspective of the animals around the manger. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and you’ll find yourself reading this time and time again during the month of December.
Itsy Bitsy Christmas
We love Max Lucado books in our house, and this Christmas tale is no exception. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado is the story of two tiny mice, who hear that a King has come to Bethlehem – even for little creatures like them! This book is funny, impactful & will be one your family can enjoy regardless of the age of your kids.
God Gave Us Christmas
I love all of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s books – and her book about Christmas is no exception. You’ll love this journey with Mother & her Polar Bear Cub as they explore the question – “Who invented Christmas?” – and discover that God is everywhere when we start looking for Him!
Good News! It’s Christmas!
This book is one we’re adding to our Advent calendar this year – and I’m so excited! It is a beautifully illustrated story authored by Glenys Nellist that drives home the good news of Christmas to little ones! Stay tuned for a full review and giveaway of this story coming to the blog in December.
These are just a few of our favorite Christmas story books! Spending time reading with your kids is a great habit – and using it to focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season during this busy time of year makes it even more impactful.
I’d love to hear what some of YOUR favourite Christmas books are!
If you’re looking for more ideas for Advent, check out these posts:
Celebrating Advent, Quick & Easy Christmas Ideas for Your Children’s Ministry & Advent Is Coming (Creating An Intentional Christmas Season)