Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jocelyn's List of the Best Christmas Books for Young Children

Jocelyn's List
of the
Best Christmas Books for Young Children

1 – The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
Ornament Craft: Heart Ornament

2 – A Christmas Dress For Ellen by Thomas S. Monson
Ornament Craft: Scrap Ball Ornament
3 – One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham
4 – Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers
5 - The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Ornament Craft: Santa’s Jingle Bell
6 - The Gift Of The Magi by Sauber/O. Henry
Ornament Craft: Wrapped Mini-Gift Ornaments
7 - Grandfather’s Christmas Tree written by Keith Strand, illustrated by Thomas Locker
Ornament Craft: Carve duck family out of soap
8 - Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard H. Schneider
9 - This Is The Stable by Cynthia Cotton
Ornament Craft: Manger
10 - Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
Ornament Craft: Folded Paper Camel Craft
11 - The Clown of God, an old story told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Ornament Craft: Easy Felt Ornaments with “colored balls” buttons or one to represent each color juggled
12 - Who Is Coming To Our House, written by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
13 - My First Story of the First Christmas, retold by Deanna Draper Buck, illustrated by Jerry Harston
Ornament Craft: Glittery Christmas Star
14 - Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins
Ornament Craft: Paper Snowflakes
15 - The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger
Ornament Craft: Tea Bag Donkey
16 - Snowmen at Night (or Snowmen Christmas Eve) written by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner
Ornament Craft: Marshmallow Snowmen
17 - The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
Ornament Craft: Woolly Sheep Ornament
18 - The Sweet Smell of Christmas (with scratch & sniff scents inside) written by Patricia Scarry, illustrated by J.P. Miller
Ornament Craft: Gingerbread Ornaments
Ornament Craft: Christmas Spider
20 - Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
Ornament Craft: Merry Christmouse
21 - Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
22 - The Animal’s Christmas Eve (a little golden book) written by Gale Weirsum, illustrated by Alex Steele Morgan
Ornament Craft: Baby Jesus in Manger
23 - The Night Before Christmas (a golden book, printing 1975) written by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Corinne Malvern
24 - The Littlest Angel written by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Sergio Leone
Ornament Craft: Paper Angel Cutout


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  1. clever that you posted links to each of the crafts. what a fun christmas you all will have

  2. hey Thanks for the Link! I love books! I have a collection of Christmas books for Parker that I started before he was born! So I should take a look at some of these and add to my collection. And that is super nice that you can make a little craft with them. Cute!! Love the pic by the way. I can't believe how big Guy is getting....Wow they grow way TOO fast! Love you girl! Hope you are doing awesome!!!!!!!!

  3. You are amazing, Jocelyn!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!! I'll let you know if I have anything to add...but you are way ahead of me. :)

  4. Here's a suggestion for another children's book is The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck. It has wonderful illustrations and a sweet message.

  5. Our and family reading tradition is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Love it.

  6. I just LOVE The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. I've given it to all of my friends, young and old. It's a timeless story! Thanks for sharing your list!

  7. Thanks so much!! I've been wanting some good christmas books!! I was able to find at least 9 of these titles used and in Great Condition or better for $3.95 or less at