We love books at our home. Just ask my kids!
So, what are our favorite books during Advent & Christmas.
Of course, the Bible is read each morning to help prepare our hearts for the celebration on Christmas. We read the Old Testament to remember man’s fall & our sin nature. We also read prophecies and move into the New Testament. What do you read during Advent?
(You can get our complete Bible reading schedule in Christmas Celebrations)
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Our Favorite 5 Christmas Books for Kids
As many of you know, this is our family’s all-time favorite Christmas book. We read it during several Advent seasons. We often made a fire or lit Advent wreath candles for our evening reading time. Each chapter is fairly short so kids of all ages will enjoy this book.
It’s a story of a young boy who gets separated from his family, during the time of Jesus’ birth. Jotham meets Elizabeth along the way as he has several tragedies happen along his travels.
Each chapter stops as a cliff-hanger and your children (if they’re like mine) will beg for you to read more. At the end of each chapter is a short section of what you can discuss.
You still have time to read Jotham’s Journey this year. Just order from Amazon and use 1- or 2-day delivery. You’ll have it by next week. To read the entire book, simply read 2 chapters each night.
NOTE: We did not enjoy the next 2 books in the series as much. With Bartholomew’s Passage, we felt like the message was a bit forced. In Tabitha’s Travels, we saw too much political correctness & feminist ideas. So, we went back to reading Jotham’s Journey several years.
#2 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
I remember reading this to my 5th graders when I taught school. So, I definitely read it to my own children.
Now, my daughter is teaching at-risk 4th graders. They have a short attention span, but beg for her to continue reading each day. These kids LOVE this book.
I talked to Ashley a week ago and she told me how she had forgotten how many spiritual ideas were included in this book. It’s a Christmas book you can still read in the public schools.
You’ll laugh & cry all at the same time…and your kids will learn the true meaning of Christmas.
I love the transformation of Scrooge in this book. Charles Dickens does a remarkable job of drawing you into lives that are polar opposites – Tiny Tim and Scrooge.
Since it’s a classic, I’m sure you know the story. If you have older kids, this is an excellent book to read aloud this Christmas.
I have 2 Christmas books on my bedside table, but might read this the week of Christmas. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it.
#4 How The Grinch Stole Christmas
What a fun book! Your kids are probably familiar with this title.
But have you read it to your kids and talked about what happens in the book? Once again, the changes in people during Christmas.
#5 The Legend of the Candy Cane
I just found this book last year when I was looking for a book to read aloud to Ashley’s 1st graders. I wanted something short, concise & fun pictures. This book tells the legend of the candy cane. Before reading it, you might discuss what legends are.
After reading, talk about the symbolism found in the candy cane.
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