Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jocelyn's List of the Best Christmas Books for Young Children 2011

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

Christmas is Here (Words from the King James Bible), Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

The Last Chimney of Christmas Eve by Linda Oatman High
Craft:  Snow globe

A Shepherd's Whisper (A Christmas Classic)

The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans

Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard H. Schneider

A Small Miracle by Peter Collington
Craft:  Our Gift to Christ Ornaments

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

The Christmas Orange (I like the version shared here best.)

This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. More

Mary's First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr.

The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Helen Berger

A Christmas Dress for Ellen by Thomas S. Monson

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs 
(We love the wordless DVD with its amazingly peaceful soundtrack!)

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon

Santa and the Christ Child by Nicholas Bakewell

Morris's Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells

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  1. great list-you'd make a terrific children's librarian-guess you are one!

  2. Love it! Our favorite is Santa and the Christ Child. Best ever, bring some tissues!

  3. I always love your lists. You have got to check out Mortimer's Christmas Manger. So so sweet!

  4. Lucky 4 (or about 4) :D Thanks for all of the book suggestions! Here's hoping I strike it big! ;)

  5. That's a great list...unfortunately, I've only read about four of them. We will have to remedy that this year! Thanks for the list!

  6. Great list, we need to head to the library.

  7. The library bus comes tomorrow. I will get about 20 books just for Christmas. We might just might get a craft too.

  8. I love your list. I'm not sure how funny kids would think it is, but one of our Christmastime faves is The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket. We laugh every time we read it (and I'm not a LOL type of reader :)

  9. Awesome list! A couple of my favorites are 'Jolly Old Santa Claus" by Sparkie, and Mary Engelbreit's "A Merry Little Christmas." Both visually wonderful children's books. So beautiful that I love reading them by myself:)

  10. Many of these are favorites of mine, too. You always seem to have an excellent book list! And I always seem to find something to purchase on it...


  11. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to hunt some of these down. :) Pinned it!

  12. Wonderful list. There as just so many great Christmas books out there to choose from. We brought home a haul of about 25 books from the library yesterday. Between those and the books we already have in the house we have plenty of Christmas reading! Maybe.

  13. I love The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, also. I get choked up every time I read it out loud.

  14. I've always loved the Donkey's Dream! Great post and list.

  15. I'm so glad that you are not an "Anti-Santa-ite". Your approach is wonderful.

  16. One of my favorites is "Mortimer's Christmas Manger." It's so sweet.

  17. Thanks!! It was so much fun to see my picture book HUMPHREY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS included on your list of the Best Christmas Books for Young Children 2011!!!! There is a page for Humphrey up on my web site and the new book trailer has just been released. You can check it out here: