This morning we pulled all our Christmas books off the shelf. I am a few days late this year, huh? :) We had so much fun looking through them. I loved seeing the children eagerly reaching for and quickly flipping through so many of them! "Oh, Mama! I love this one!" "Mama! Can we read this one tonight?" "Mama! This is the one where...." "Mama! Where is the one where...." I simply loved it! There were books scattered everywhere!
I got so tickled when I sat down to start writing this post. I saw where there was a new blog post on one my favorite blogs, Home Joys . She had done the exact same thing! It must be in the air. You should take a look at her list, too. She had some that I would love to add to our collection.
I had a hard time picking out my favorites to share, but I finally got it narrowed down to my top 10. They are listed in no particular order.
1. The Glory of Christmas by Charles Swindoll, Max Lucado, and Charles Colson
"Max Lucado, Charles Swindoll, and Charles Colson share the true meaning of Christmas, including salvation, power for living, righteousness, relationships, encouragement, and more." copied from the Amazon description. This is for the adults.
2. Christmas Treasury Family Classic Edition
A collection of Christmas stories, poems, and songs. This is a beautiful book for family readings and sing alongs.
3. The Animals' Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum
This book retells the story of the birth of Jesus from the view of animals.
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
The poor, little drummer boy follows the procession to the baby king, Jesus, but what gift will he bring? In his gift is the sweetest meaning of all.
5. The Beautiful Christmas Tree by Charlotte Zolotow
Mr. Crockett shows his neighbors beauty can be found in unexpected places.
6. The Littlest Christmas Angel by Charles Tazewell
The littlest angel worries his little box of treasures is too humble to offer to the newborn king, Jesus. God certainly didn't think is was. See what God does with his gift.
7. Follow the Star by Rachel W. N. Brown Originally published as Small Camel Follows the Star
Small Camel is the newest camel in Balthazar's corral, but his mother knows he will grow in to a strong Camel that Balthazar will be proud of. Balthazar sees the awaited star, but Small Camel is sure he is too little to take the important journey. Journey along with Balthazr and Small Camel to meet the king and see why Small Camel was so important despite his size.
8. The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Jan Brett
"A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. This sumptuously illustrated version features not only the gifts of a suitor to his true love but a loving family's Christmas preparations, how to say "Merry Christmas" in 12 different language, and a vast array of charming woodland animals." copied from Amzon's description. It was much better than anything I could say! :)
9. On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown
In the big house, the adults are asleep, but the children who lie anxiously awake try to make no sound as they sneak down the stairs to take a peek at the beautiful tree. This book captures the beauty and wonder of Christmas . It is my daughter's favorite Christmas book.
10. Silver Packages An Appalachian Christmas Story by Cynthia Rylant
In Appalachia each year, Frankie stood beside the train hoping for one certain gift to be thrown to him. Did he ever get what he waited for?
I hope you enjoy the list! Please feel free to share your favorite Christmas book!
Until we meet again, may you be blessed!