So, here it is! The list of books my kids and I enjoyed this week that go with the Christmas season! Hope you enjoy them!
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
By Sally Lloyd-Jones
Can I just say, this book is great! I haven’t read through the whole thing with my kids (yet) but it has lead to some great discussions on faith, Jesus and just life that have just blown my mind away! How can a simple little book do that? My neighbor and friend actually highly recommended it. I wasn’t sure if I should get it at first, but when I saw the library had it, I snatched it up and haven’t regretted it one iota! It is helping my 9 year old and 7 year old ask questions, while my 5 year old listens (My two year old’s attention span is elsewhere still). It has been great. We especially hit the topic of having a knowledge of God (knowing about him, having the right answers) and actually surrendering our lives to him and allowing Him to work in our hearts and lives where there is change. Again, you may want to check this book out! 🙂
The Legend of The Candy Cane Board Book
by Lori Walburg, Adapted by Pat Matuszak, Illustrated by James Bernardin
“Mommy, read it again!” my 5-year old exclaimed. This book was so cute and so pretty that I must have read it about 20 times this past week. My kids love the idea of old-fashioned candy stores, and in the beginning a man is coming to a town, setting up a store and a child is helping him unpack. And guess what, it’s a Candy Store! And one new candy he is selling is the Candy Cane. Great book and beautiful pictures.
The Candymaker’s Gift: The Inspirational Legend of the Candy Cane
by David and Helen Haidle
While all my kids enjoyed this story, my oldest liked this version as well. A grandfather is an owner of a candy shop and he wants the kids to remember what Christmas is really about. As the book goes along, his granddaughter joins in to help him make a candy cane. I loved how this described each part of the candy cane, just like the last book.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey
by SusanWojciechowski Illustrated by P.J. Lynch
One of the most heart-warming tales you can read to your family during Christmas. A widow and son lost their Nativity set in the move and ask a woodcarver by the name of Jonathon Toomey to carve them. He is not well known to smile or be kind, but he says he will take the job and will get it done when he gets it done. Once in awhile they visit, and the mom asks if her son can watch. Each time the child asks about the nativity and talks about how his old set looked. Such a beautiful tale! I highly recommend it.
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
Retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
Great way to tie in all the stories of Jesus. From his birth, to a time He calmed the waves, and to the cross. My 5-year old like this one.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson
The first year I read this, I wasn’t sure why is was such a “good” book. I thought the kids were horrible and I didn’t get it. I took the book out again because I knew I must have missed something. And I did! Anyone can receive Christ. Anyone could be horrible, but God can change lives, even the lives of kids. They could be bullies at some point but the truth is: God can touch anyone’s lives! This book shows that.
The Stable that Bob Built
Just a silly Veggie Tale story using a piece of the story and repeating it on the next page, etc.
Humphrey’s First Christmas
By Carol Heyer
This is a story about a funny, selfish camel who thinks he is the best and at the end knows that Jesus is the best. 🙂
A book that I read that kind of had the importance of family in it (and Christmas mixed in there):
A Perfect Day
By Richard Paul Evans
A guy down and insecure, who has a beautiful family, gets fired and doesn’t know what to do. His wife encourages him to write a story and he uses his wife’s last days with her dad as the basis of his story. They are excited at first but he gets caught up in the world of publishing and being an author, where he misses out on his family. Eventually he feels so seperated from them that he doesn’t think he can go back until a stranger walks in and says he has until New Year’s Day. As someone who would like to be an author someday, it hit a chord in different ways and reminded me that, again, being an author isn’t always glamorous. It is work and can take you away from your family when you least want it to. 🙂
Hope you enjoy the selection of books!
Be inspired today!