Merry Christmas! 'Tis the season for reading Christmas-themed books and the team here at Read, Discuss, Do has gathered a few of our all-time favorites. We hope you enjoy our sampling of titles - classic and new. What would you add to our list? Leave a comment below to let us know. Happy Reading!
MOUSE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT by Mindy Baker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. I love this book because of how it captures the beautiful simplicity of celebrating Christmas for what it truly is. No fanfare or long shopping lists necessary, just a community coming together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
MR. WILLOWBY'S CHRISTMAS TREE by Robert Barry. I love the delightful, festive silliness of this story.
THE SWEET SMELL OF CHRISTMAS written by Patricia Scarry and illustrated by J.P. Miller. Multiple generations of my family have loved this classic scratch ’n sniff story about a lovable bear waking up to discover the sweet smells of Christmas. A favorite year after year.
ANGELA AND THE BABY JESUS written by Frank McCourt and illustrated by Raul Colon. My family loves this delightful story based on the true story of Frank McCourt’s mother who took home the Baby Jesus from her parish’s outdoor nativity because she felt sorry for Him being out in the cold.
TOUGH COOKIE written and illustrated by Edward Hemingway is a unique Gingerbread story in which the sugar cookie man has to find a new identity and purpose.
GOODNIGHT MANGER by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman is a beautiful rhyming picture book about the sounds and busyness of the manger. How can Mary get baby Jesus to sleep?
THE CRIPPLED LAMB by Max Lucado and illustrated by Liz Bonham is an endearing story about a crippled lamb's purpose in the birth of Jesus.
GOOD KING WENCESLAS by J.M. Neale A beautiful story (and song is included) about generosity, sharing from our abundance, and caring for our neighbors, especially the poor.
THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER by Beatrix Potter Again, a sweet and sometimes funny classic story of kindness and helping one another. And kids love animal characters.
ONE WINTRY NIGHT by Ruth Graham Bell The most beautiful illustrations. A classic telling a child learning the depth of God’s love and protection for him and the true meaning of Christmas.
SANTA'S FAVORITE STORY by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev Super cute story! Here is the blurb: When Santa Claus tells the forest animals that he is not looking forward to delivering all those heavy packages, they are worried that there won’t be a Christmas anymore. He then tells them the story of the first Christmas.