Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Celebrating the Meaning of Christmas - a bookwrap


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The Reason for the Season: 9 Books That Celebrate the Meaning of Christmas

by Dena McMurdie

Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.


Between shopping, get togethers (be them virtual or socially distanced), and visiting Santa, the true meaning of Christmas can get lost in the excitement. If you’re looking for a way to keep the real reason for the season at the forefront of your Christmas celebrations, try reading these books with your kids this December.

Who is Coming to Our House?

by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

This sweet board book tells the story of the birth of baby Jesus from the animals’ perspective. Full of anticipation, the stable animals stack hay, dust the beams, and pad the manger with goose feathers in preparation for Mary and Joseph’s arrival.
(Ages 0 - 3)

God Gave Us Christmas

by Lisa Tawn Bergren, illustrated by David Hohn

When Little Cub asks his mama who invented Christmas, she takes him on a journey. Together, they witness God's work around them and learn about the very first Christmas.
(Ages 3 - 7)

Joy to the World

by Tomie dePaola

Comprised of The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three Wise Kings, and The Legend of the Poinsettia, Tomie dePaola's Christmas collection is a lovely celebration of the Advent season. With sheet music of classic carols like “Silent Night” tucked in between each story, it's a book the entire family can enjoy.
(Ages 3 - 7)

Always Together at Christmas

by Sara Sargent, illustrated by Mark Chambers

The holidays will certainly look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean Christmas won’t still be special. This very timely picture book shares messages of family, community, and spreading love and cheer — even when we can’t be physically near

(Ages 4 - 8)

The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Set in the American South during the Depression, Nella and her sisters are surprised to be presented with a Baby Betty doll for Christmas. The girls fight over the doll but soon realize that toys are much more fun when shared in this heartwarming family story.
(Ages 4 - 8)

Amazing Peace

by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Maya Angelou inspires readers to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas in this poignant illustrated poem about a family that joins with their community — rich and poor, Black and white, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish — to celebrate the holidays.
(Ages 4 - 8)

Welcome Comfort

by Patricia Polacco

As a foster child, Welcome Comfort has never known what it is to celebrate the holidays with a loving family — that is, until one magical Christmas changes his life forever. A story on the power of love and kindness, Polacco weaves a unique and heartbreakingly beautiful tale that will stay with readers for years to come.
(Ages 4 - 8)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

by Dr. Seuss

Seuss's classic tale has become a holiday favorite, but it's not just a funny story about a grouchy hermit stealing Christmas gifts. It's about redemption, choosing happiness, and understanding that Christmas is about much more than decorations and presents.
(Ages 5 - 9)

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

A widow and her son ask Jonathan Toomey to carve them a nativity scene in time for Christmas, having lost theirs. With messages of hope, kindness, generosity, and love, this beautifully touching story is worth revisiting year after year.
(Ages 6 - 9)

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated  in 2020.


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