|Two Kelly kids reading A Christmas Carol illustrated by Liz Zwerger. We also like her illustrations in The Nutcracker and The Gift of the Magi.|
It seems that everyone in the blogging world is blogging about their favorite Christmas books, past and present. I have collected old Christmas books for years, so these posts are some of my favorites. It’s a wonderful thing to snuggle up on the couch under a quilt to read and re-read books that appear only once a year. I’ll share a few of our family’s top picks here.
Did you know that Charlotte Mason talked about what sort of books should be read at Christmas time? Here is her advice to parents of children nine and under:
It is a pity when the sense of the ludicrous is cultivated in children’s books at the expense of better things. This point is worth considering in connection with Christmas books for the little people. Books of ‘comicalities’ cultivate no power but the sense of the incongruous; and though life is the more amusing for the possession of such a sense, when cultivated to excess it is apt to show itself a flippant habit. Diogenes and the Naughty Boys of Troy is irresistible, but it is not the sort of thing the children will live over and over, and ‘play at’ by the hour, as we have all played at Robinson Crusoe finding the footprints. Vol. 1, p. 158
Good, common-sense advice on choosing high quality books, even at Christmas. But then she throws out this one:
They must have ‘funny books,’ but do not give the children too much nonsense reading.
There you have it – permission to indulge in a not-so-serious book or two. She must have been acquainted with a few real families. Here are a couple more that we enjoy, including some “fluffy” titles. Happy reading this holiday season. May each story you read together eventually lead you to the story.
A handful of shorter (and some fluffy) books:
Apple Tree Christmas – Nobel (wonderful if you have a budding artist!)
The Crippled Lamb – Lucado (dh read this during a Christmas program one year long ago…there wasn’t a dry eye in the place)
Christmas in Noisy Village – Lindgren (children in Sweden)
The Lion in the Box – De Angeli (resourceful children)
A Certain Small Shepherd – Caudill (I LOVE this story, small boy who won’t talk after mom dies)
Santa’s Book of Names -McPhail (about a boy just learning to read – we always seem to have one of those)
|Subtitled “A Book of Stories Old and New”, this is a favorite collection of Christmas stories.|
|This odd little book by the author of children’s composer biographies is for Mom to read. It tells of Ms. Wheeler’s
fulfilled dream to experience Christmas in Bethlehem.