Christmas Books to Make the Season Meaningful

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Advent and Christmas are such special times, but often the children’s books that we see are commercialized and do not reflect the true meaning of the season. While there is definitely a place for those fun Christmas books, I thought it would be helpful to create a book list that reflects the importance of Advent and Christmas. Check out my favorite picks below!

Retold and Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The feast of the three kings, or wisemen, is celebrated on January 6th each year and this is a great book to read to students on this day. dePaola does a wonderful job bringing the story to life through his words and pictures. He also gives a “Word about the Kings” before the book to give the reader a bit more information about the history of the three men. While the story is the same as the bible, this picture book definitely makes it more enjoyable to read and learn about. 

By Maya Angelou
Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

The joys of the holiday season are ever present in this poem. It brings together people of all faiths to share in the peace that comes with falling snow and a community coming together. The paintings truly show the magic that happens around this time of the year and brings out the very best in Angelou’s words.

By Tomie dePaola

Las Posadas is an old Spanish custom, often celebrated in Spain and Mexico, which honors Mary and Joseph and their journey to find shelter in Bethlehem. dePaola’s depiction of this custom includes a simple story, while weaving in the important traditions. Also included at the back of the book is a short history of the celebrations that occur both in the United States and abroad.

By Tom Roberts

This sweet story is about two children who overhear Santa’s prayer to baby Jesus. Santa asks Jesus to help the children of the world remember what the real reason for the season is. He wants them to know that the awe of the presents only lasts a day or two, but the love and light of Christ is forever. 

By Cynthia Reynolds

I’ve always been a fan of alphabet books and this one is no exception! Every word is carefully chosen and is a great way to explain the Christmas season to young children. To build excitement for the season, I suggest reading one letter each night of Advent. 

*This book is also available on Epic!

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