Still in need of a few Christmas books? Here are some perfect ones to read to the kiddos the week of Christmas.
The Spirit of Christmas by Nicky Benson
Young Drew loves Christmas! There are Christmas carols, candy canes, colorful lights, and sparkling presents under the tree. “Do all children get this many presents?” Drew asks Mama. “Sometimes families can’t give presents, even if they really want to,” Mama replies.
Drew decides that he wants to do something for the children whose families don’t have presents to give, so he writes a letter to Santa asking for his help. Santa sends Drew a very special gift to help spread Christmas cheer – and Drew sees his Christmas wish come true!
The Little Shepherd’s Christmas by Carol Heyer
This is Reuel’s big chance to prove that he can tend sheep just as well as his older brothers. All he has to do is keep a watchful eye on his little flock. But distracted by his brothers’ teasing, he looks away just long enough for a little lamb to wander. Following a frantic search, Reuel finds his missing charge . . . and finds himself in the midst of the biggest announcement ever made. The Christ Child has been born, and Reuel is one of the first chosen to hear the news! After racing through the streets of Bethlehem, his misstep becomes a blessing when he encounters the Baby who will one day become the Shepherd of Men.
This tale of the first Christmas, told from the viewpoint of a little boy to whom young readers will relate, is illustrated with gorgeous, detailed paintings by Carol Heyer. Her art showcase the sweetness of the child shepherd and the reverence of the story. Here is a book that both entertains and informs without ever straying from the meaning of the holiday.
The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie
The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift — a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s parents explain that the things that they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus — for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes.
Katy’s Christmas Gift by Bernadette Watts
Katy sets out in the snow to visit the new baby born in the innkeeper’s stable. She is bringing gifts: a loaf of bread, her cat Sasha and, most importantly, her favourite toy — a wooden bird whistle. But Sasha doesn’t want to play in the cold snow, and the animals of the forest eat the bread. Soon Katy’s carefully chosen gifts are gone — except the most special one of all.
As the snow gets deeper and she gets colder, Katy wonders whether she’ll ever have the chance to give her gift to the baby? Katy’s Christmas Gift is a heart-warming and original version of the Christmas story for young children. Bernadette Watt’s lively illustrations are full of colour, light, joy and festive feeling.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
A funny, over-the-top new spin on the classic Christmas poem!
Creatures of all shapes and all sizes will be stirring with laughter in this overly decked out, Christmas-splendored illustrated picture book!
With vibrant illustrations featuring fun, accessible scenes of holiday mayhem and spirited cheer, it’s THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS as you’ve never seen it before!