I realized that there are tons of Christmas book reviews and recommendations for children. I
I managed to get hold some of the Christmas books from the library. Thought I’d share them with you. Not all of them were Hannah’s favorite (will highlight those) though.
- The Great Christmas Crisis by Kim NormanNorth Pole’s in trouble and Santa’s going to find out the reason why. The story is told in a rhyme and the embossed illustrations attracted Hannah to touch them. It reminds us not to lose sight of the joy of the season.
- Can’t Wait Till Christmas by Mike HuckabeeThis is a wonderful story (I love the illustrations too!) about two siblings who can’t wait until Christmas to open their presents. After they did a sneaky act to open them before Christmas, they realized that Christmas morning wasn’t the same anymore. It’s a heartwarming, simple story for young children to learn the benefits of patience.
- Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya AngelouIt’s a beautiful poem that prompts readers about the real meaning behind Christmas – Jesus. Christmas isn’t meant for Christians to celebrate. It is meant for everyone. People from every tribe, tongue and nation come together to find peace. An added bonus: accompanying CD of the poem read by the author herself!
- The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David RubelIt was the illustrations that first got my attention. Set in the depression era in the year 1931, it tells the story of how the kindness received by one boy’s family was passed on to another. Through this story, we learned about the tradition of the Christmas tree lighting at the Rockefeller Center, and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity.
- The Best Christmas Ever! by Marni McGeeThis story somehow reminded me about Mary and Martha (Luke 10, John 12). The story talks about a mouse, Millicent, who scrubbed, dusted, baked and did everything to usher in Christmas. But when her friends needed help, this little mouse offered her help, only to find that all her plans were ruined! Have been we a “Martha” or “Mary” this season?
- The Animals’ Christmas by Elena PasqualiThe story retells the nativity scene while interweaving the Bible prophecy from Isaiah 11. After reading the book, I somehow feel it’s left me hanging. It doesn’t say much about Isaiah 11, but I guess the author doesn’t want to overwhelm the little ones with all the information. Nevertheless, it’s a good bedtime read.
- Brian Saves Christmas by Yvonne MorrisonThe story shares a story about Brian a lamb who isn’t anything like his father. He didn’t like the things his father wished he would. As he grew up, he realized he wasn’t as strong as the other sheep, and felt small and useless. Then on Christmas Eve, something terrible happened to Santa’s flying tractor (yes, it was a tractor). And here comes little Brian to save the day!
- The Bloomsbury Christmas Treasury by Sally GrindleyEight stories in one book! It’s a good mix of both traditional and contemporary Christmas stories. Titles like, “Good News”, “Snowy Snowy Night”, “The Christmas Mouse” and “Jesus is Born”. We haven’t managed to read all of the stories yet but Hannah liked what she has read so far.
- 哈利和恐龙的圣诞愿望 － 伊恩威伯This is a Mandarin translation of “Harry and the Dinosaurs make a Christmas Wish” by Ian Whybrow. It’s about Harry and his dinosaurs who wanted a duckling for Christmas but gets a baby Pterodactyl instead. I didn’t get what the author was trying to convey. Hannah simply enjoyed looking that the adorable dinosaurs. Oh well…sometimes it’s ok to just admire the cute illustrations. 🙂
- Christmas by M.C HallThis isn’t a story book. Rather it’s a general information book by Rourke Publishing to allow young readers learn about Christmas through simple text and photos.
- Usborne Very First Christmas Carols
Like the title says, it’s a collection of Christmas carols – some of which I’ve never heard of! But it has the all-time favorites like “O little town of Bethlehem”, “Silent Night”, and “O Come All Ye Faithful”.
Hannah’s Top 3 Picks (in no order of merit):
- The Great Christmas Crisis
- Can’t Wait Till Christmas
- The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
We have read these three stories over and over. She would pick out one of these stories (sometimes all three!) for her bedtime read.
At the end, I come to realize that most of the time, we parents, try to get the “best” or “most-loved” books for our children. Yet often, it isn’t all about the story but the time spent sitting on our laps and hearing us read, that they come to enjoy.
P/s: While these stories were borrowed for my two (going on three) year old, I believe it would be just as enjoyable for older children too.