Little Bookshelf: What we’re reading this Christmas



We are all about books in this house, and we have a special crop that come out at Christmas time.  Here are some of our favorites this year…

R’s picks:

This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotton- The story of Jesus’ birth retold in poetry.  R likes it because it tells the true story of Christmas.  And because she can read it (easily) by herself.

The Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketteman- R picked this one because she loves snow (and also probably because I gave her this assignment during a blizzard).  I’m not big on Santa, but she likes the story.  So, whatevs.

A Child is Born by Margaret Wise Brown- if she hadn’t picked this one, I would have, so I guess it is a shared pick.  I LOVE that my daughter thinks Joseph looks like her former foster dad in this book.  A brown Jesus and a lead-in to adoption conversations?  Yes, please.

My picks:

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry- always a favorite!  Upcycling, generosity, a story in rhyme and a surprise ending… what’s not to like?

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett- a classic.  A fun twist on the old story with fabulously detailed illustrations and an ending well-suited for bedtime reading (for those of us who tend to over-identify with baked characters in our bedtime stories).

Hallelujah: A Christmas Celebration by W. Nikola-lisa- technically we’re not reading this one yet as it is wrapped up for a special treat on Christmas Eve (shhh…).  But, oh, the illustrations!  If I ever find another copy of this book in my bargain-hunting travels, I will buy it to cut out and frame the illustrations.

Christmas Stories for Bedtime by Renae Brumbaugh- got this one as a gift last year and we are enjoying it.  I am not a fan of the little song excerpts that come between the stories (many of the lyrics are written in “old English” that make them hard for a kid to read, and they don’t seem to add much to the overall story), but I like the stories and the prayers that go with them.  Just right to read with my first grader.

So, there you have it.

What are you reading with your littles this Christmas?



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