Friday, December 11, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Books

Dear friends,

These are my favorite Christmas books.  We fill a basket with these and keep them handy for reading each day during the Christmas season.  I try to buy at least one new book every year.  We also sing Christmas carols every day!  This is the main part of our annual Advent Adventure Unit Study for December.

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham  (see picture in basket above)

The Tale of Three Trees   -     
        By: Angela Elwell Hunt
        Illustrated By: Tim Jonke
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt

Mary's First Christmas   -     
        By: Walter Wangerin Jr.
        Illustrated By: Tim Ladwig
Mary's First Christmas by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

King of the Stable
An Amish Christmas (Aladdin Picture Books)

King of the Stable by Melody Carlson

An Amish Christmas by Richard Ammon

A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudhill

The Crippled Lamb book  or The Crippled Lamb DVD by Max Lucado 

An Orange for Frankie by Patrica Polacco (beautiful story, child with developmental disabilities -- we get this from our library)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Softcover  -     
        By: Barbara Robinson
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (chapter book)

All of the books on this list are linked to either Christian Book Distributors or Amazon.  

New to my favorites list in 2011:

The Christmas Miracle Of Jonathan Toomey With CD  -     
        By: Susan Wojciechowski
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski (illustrated by P.J. Lynch) I've heard people rave about this book for years, and  I appreciated the message that kindness, hard work, beautiful things, family memories, and the story of Christmas can go along way toward healing a hurting heart. 

Gladys Hunt, who wrote the book Honey for a Child's Heart about children's literature, has a blog post called Christmas Stories, which has a longer list of her favorites at the end of it.  Check it out! 

What are your favorites?

Virginia Knowles
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