I received 9 Christmas Books for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.
Halloween is over and in my family we immediately go into Christmas mode. The boxes of decorations come out and with it our Christmas book collection. Whenever we read these holiday books it puts us in the mood for the holidays. Especially when all cuddled up in blankets and drinking hot chocolate. Here are 9 Christmas books to get your family into the spirit of the season!
With the Color ME Christmas Book of Postcards, Mary Engelbreit fans can deck the halls, the tree, and their gifts with 10 postcards, 15 cut-out gift tags, and 10 cut-out ornaments. Each item is printed in black and white—the perfect canvas to get creative! This festive book from the New York Times bestselling queen of Christmas makes it easy to put an original and heartfelt touch on the holiday season.
Join the original pioneer girl in Little House Chapter Book: Volume #5: Christmas Stories: Re-illustrated Edition, adapted for younger readers from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more! For Laura Ingalls, Christmas means good things to eat, visits from friends, and special gifts to give and receive. As Laura grows up, every Christmas is better than the one before.
Celebrate Christmas dino-style with Danny the Dinosaur: A Very Dino Christmas! Danny’s friend the dinosaur has never experienced Christmas before, so he and Danny decide to celebrate—dino-style! But what will happen when the museum director isn’t so happy with the new museum decorations? Find out in this Danny and the Dinosaur 8×8 adventure, complete with 8 holiday cards, a poster, and stickers. This brand-new story is based on Syd Hoff’s beloved classic.
Santa’s Moose is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Milton the moose wants to help pull Santa’s sleigh. “I have never used a moose before,” says Santa, “but I’m willing if you are.” At first, clumsy Milton is not very good at landing on roofs. But when Santa’s sleigh becomes too heavy for the tired reindeer, Milton comes to the rescue. This reissued edition is a funny holiday twist on Santa and his reindeer by Syd Hoff, celebrated author of Danny and the Dinosaur.
A Little House Picture Book Treasury: Six Stories of Life on the Prairie is adapted from the classic Little House books. Now with this illustrated storybook collection, the youngest readers can share in her world as well. Laura Ingalls lives in a snug little log cabin with her ma, her pa, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Almanzo Wilder lives on a farm with his family and lots of animals. These pioneer children have all sorts of adventures, including trips to town, county fairs, cozy winter days, and holidays with family. The six stories included in this treasury were originally published as stand-alone picture books: A Little Prairie House, Going to Town, County Fair, Sugar Snow, Winter Days in the Big Woods, and Christmas in the Big Woods.
Bear loves the holidays, and this year he’s throwing a party for all his animal friends. But there’s so much to do to get ready—and he is only one very little bear! Can you help Bear find all the secret treasures he needs for his party? Readers of all ages will enjoy Bear’s Merry Book of Hidden Things: Christmas Seek-and-Find.
Christa is a holiday junkie. What’s not to love? There’s decorations! Gifts! Caroling with friends! But thanks to her parents’ recent separation, Christa’s favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. And when her mom announces that she’s taking her on a mother-daughter trip to Europe over winter vacation, Christa knows she should be excited. She just can’t imagine spending the yuletide season without her dad. However, waiting at her hotel in Italy is a special package from her father: the first of twelve dares that take Christa to landmarks in three beautiful countries and introduce her to people who will show her that hope is alive in the strangest of places. Funny, genuine, and feel-good to the core, The 12 Dares of Christa is one fa-la-la-filled adventure.
Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestselling artist of The Nutcracker and The Twelve Days of Christmas, takes readers on an enchanted journey set to lyrics from the beloved holiday song in Jingle Bells. Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh; O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they travel to Grandma’s house. With playful animals in their path, their journey gets a bit sidetracked. But soon enough they arrive at Grandma’s—where an unexpected visitor fills them with holiday cheer!
in a jazz-inspired reinvention of the original story comes The Nutcracker in Harlem a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season. In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy. This quintessential holiday tale is brought to vivid life by debut picture book author T. E. McMorrow and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. An author’s note at the end provides additional information about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, and about the author’s inspiration for this musical retelling.
I hope you enjoy reading these 9 Christmas books as much as we do!