christmas books for children this advent season
A few months back, I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved the thought of having Christmas kid lit available for Sam to read during the Advent season. Instead of using a basket, I decided to wrap the books up, number them accordingly, and display them in our children’s library bookcase.
Each night of Advent, after we finish our devotions and light our candles, Sam gets to open one of these books. The best part about using books for gifts is that each day his collection grows, and by the end of Advent, he has a wonderful Christmas library to enjoy!
Since Sam was born, it has been a tradition for us to buy a new Christmas book (or two!) each December to give him as a gift. We have a nice, small collection but are far from having enough books for each day of Advent. To solve this problem, in early November, I reserved from the library the rest of the books that I would need in order to make sure we were covered (I also wanted to allow enough time so that once I checked them out, I could reserve them through Advent)!
A number of you have e-mailed me and requested the list of books that we are using. I’m sure this list will probably grow and change a bit from year to year as our children get older (there are so many good ones out there!), but here are the ones we chose for this Advent season (some better than others, of course).
Oh, and one more thing, we will only be in town through December 16th before we begin our annual, month-long tour of Texas, so we needed only 16 books this year, instead of the usual 25.
- Who is Coming to Our House?
- Humphrey’s First Christmas
- Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
- Little One, We Knew You’d Come
- Tale of Three Trees
- Christmas is Here
- Room for a Little One
- Father and Son: A Nativity Story
- The Jesse Tree (we use this one as a picture book for Sam to flip through until he is a bit older)
- Christmas in the Manger
- To Hear the Angels Sing: A Christmas Poem
- Christmas in the Barn
- The Shine Man: A Christmas Story
- Good King Wenceslas
- Great Joy
- The Innkeeper, a poem written by our pastor from the perspective of the Innkeeper at Bethlehem. We already owned this book and even though it was written for an older audience, we’re interested to see how Sam responds to it. We’ll read it together as a family and discuss the pictures.
I’m excited that a number of you might start this little tradition as well! And please share with me some of your favorite Christmas kid lit that I might not have listed, we’re always looking for more to check out at the library.