This past summer, as my husband and I were researching and writing our book, I spent many, many hours at various libraries and bookstores. I was determined to find the very best pieces of Christmas children’s literature to go along with each day’s devotion. I was checking Christmas books out at the library by the 20s and 30s each week, taking two hour road trips to the nearest big city to peruse all of their bookstores, and ordering books on Amazon that I couldn’t get my hands on any other way. You would think that finding 25 top-quality, accurate books about Christmas would be easy…but it wasn’t. I was so disappointed with most of what is out there. However, I did find some gems that I am really excited to share with you today. After reading hundreds of Christmas books this past year, these are the three that turned out to be my absolute favorite: (affiliate links)
Voices of Christmas by Nikki Grimes is referenced many times in our book. This is an incredible Christmas book, my absolute number one pick, and in my opinion, is a must-have for any family with children. This book is written in stanzas, and each page gives an intimate look at what the different characters in the nativity story may have been thinking. If I could only own one Christmas book for the rest of my life to read with my children, this would be it. It takes the characters we have all heard about so many times, and makes them real and relatable.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado is a heart-warming story about a little lamb who feels left out because he is different from all the other lambs. I can’t say more without giving away the story, but the ending is sweet and will leave you with happy tears and an appreciation for how God has created us all to be different and unique. This is a great book to read with your child on those days that they feel left out or ‘different’. It’s also a great book to read around Christmastime because of the surprise ending. 😉
The Three Trees by Elena Pasquali is a fun folktale about three trees who each dream of becoming something. Eventually they are cut down and one gets made into a manger, another into a boat, and the third into a cross. This story is one of the suggested activities in our devotional for day 17 which is all about the manger. It’s great to read at Christmas and at Easter.
For the complete list of books that go along with each day of our devotional, go here.