How to Choose a Great Read-Aloud Book

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Autumn has come; what a splendid season. The leaves have changed, but only to yellow here in the mountainous, desert-like climate of Colorado. The aspens have change to a gorgeous gold-like yellow blaze in the prime of fall. I have to admit, as much as I enjoy our autumn season here, I dearly miss the memory of fall in the Midwest. Not much can compare to the red, orange, burgundy, and yellow leaves of the tall, tall deciduous trees amassing the fields and hills. When I have a quiet moment, which is rare, in a house alive with four children, I hear the ring of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow my kids have been working on memorizing. The second stanza begins…

We hail the merry autumn days,
When leaves are turning red;
Because they’re far more beautiful
Than anyone has said.
We hail the merry harvest time,
The gayest of the year;
The time of rich and bounteous crops,
Rejoicing and good cheer.

Like poems, beautifully-written stories can shape the imaginations of our children. A good story is a gift to our children— a gift that enables them to see the mystery and magic of our world now, and a preparation for what is to come.


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So, what is a ‘great’ read-aloud? One possible indicator is when your child says, “Mom, will you please keep reading….just one more page? Please!!” You know you’ve likely found a great read-a-loud when your your kids are asking for more. There are numerous books out there that have a captivating story and are also wonderfully written.

Whether you have already created a culture of reading in your home or if you’re just starting now, there is hope. I had my first child eleven years ago and I had no idea at that point in time how to choose great books to read to her. One day, in a Borders bookstore, standing before the shelves of children’s books and feeling more than a little overwhelmed, I shyly gathered courage to ask a nearby mom. “ Umm…do you have any recommendations for what to read to a toddler?” She kindly responded with, “Two words….Charlotte Mason. Check her out.”

I discovered Charlotte Mason was a British educator living and teaching in the 1800’s. She recommends the reading of what she calls, ‘living books’. Living books are typically written by one person who writes in a narrative or conversational style who has immersed herself in a topic. I liked the sound of reading a ‘living book’ to my child— much better than a dead one, I suppose! Mason discouraged reading ‘twaddle,’ a word she termed as dumbed down literature with the absence of meaning. In our home, we aim to spread before our kids a broad feast of books to read and for us to read to them. And once in awhile, we all read a few purely for fun!

If you’re wondering what criteria to think through in selecting a read-aloud for your children, here are a few thoughts:

Great Read-Alouds…

  • include an intriguing and well-written narrative with complex characters who come alive;
  • stimulate the imaginations, minds, and hearts of both children and adults;
  • are often timeless classics, fairy tales, or chapter books;
  • include characters worth emulating or ones that lead a child to explore the tensions and complexities lying in the human heart.

Children are often able to listen to a book being read that is two to three levels higher than his individual reading level. We just finished reading Mr. Poppers Penguins to our four year old and six year old. This absurd tale is full of humor and you might find yourself laughing out loud along with your kids.

The goal in selecting stories for a great read-aloud isn’t finding one with the most well-behaved characters. The Bible certainly isn’t even an example of this! Rather, the goal is to find stories that help us wrestle with themes of good vs. evil, whether it be in an external battle and an internal challenge a character is facing.

“Having found the book which has a message for us, let us not be guilty of the folly of saying we have read it. We might as well say we have breakfasted, as if breakfasting on one day should last us for every day! The book that helps us deserves many readings, for assimilation comes by slow degrees.” Charlotte M. Mason, Ourselves


If reading aloud is a new practice in your home or if you’re trying to get back into the habit…start small. Try one thing on this list:

  • Spend 10 minutes a day reading aloud to your child. This small amount will actually total 30 hours of reading a year.
  • Set an alarm on your phone to read aloud to your kids. 
  • Play audio books. Our local public library system has an abundance of books on CD or playaways. Try out a free subscription to audible.com, or check out LibriBox– a free public domain books in an audio format written before 1923. Audio books or playaways  are perfect when you’re tired, or when you’re in the car, even if you’re just driving the kids around town for their activities.
  • Older kids can read to younger kids.
  • Replace wasted minutes in the day with intentional reading time. A 10-minute Facebook scroll time in the car may be a window of time you can read to your child.

Here is a short list (selected by our kids!) of our favorite family read-alouds….

Picture Books

  • Billy & Blaze by C.W. Anderson
  • The Bear Who Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • Roxaboxen by Alice McClerran
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Mr. Books (Mr. Happy, Mr. Bump, Mr. Impossible, Mr. Greedy) by Roger Hargraves
  • My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
  • The Three Bears by F. Rojankovsky
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Johnny Appleseed by Johnny Kellogg

Chapter Books

  • Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
  • The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Moby Dick (abridged ) by Herman Melville
  • All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  • Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
  • Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
  • Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite read-alouds?

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Four Ways Reading Aloud Can Shape Your Home

 

I’ve been reading aloud to our kids since they were babies. First board books (which they mostly tried to eat), and then on to pictures books full of beautiful illustrations. It’s fascinating to think my one year old child would sit on my lap mesmerized by Good Night Moon or Go Dog Go or The Mitten, and then ask for a story to be read over and over and over again, never seeming to tire of hearing it. Children love to hear a loved one’s voice reading the same words time and time again.

One of my all-time favorite picture books is My Mama Had a Dancing Heart. I’ve read this so many times to our girls over the last ten years, I almost have it down by heart. Our youngest actually did have it memorized by the age of three and oh, it was the sweetest to hear little voice say, “My mama had a dancing heart and she shared that heart with me, with a grin and a giggle and hug and a whistle, we’d slap out knees and Momma would say, “ Bless the world. It feels like a tip-tapping, song-singing, finger-snapping kind of day. Let’s celebrate! And so we did….”  

It seems to come naturally to us as parents to pick up a picture book and read to a small child. But once a child can read on his own, its easy to continue to encourage him or her to only read independently and never be read to. It is a joyous day when our kids can read independently, but there are multiple emotional, spiritual, and mental benefits they can acquire through being read aloud to.


Reading Aloud Can Help You…

Introduce New Ideas
Hearing stories read aloud aids children in their ability to comprehend ideas and broaden their vocabulary. One of the single most important activities for building the knowledge required to be successful in life is reading aloud.

When we listen to someone reading, if we’re reading anything worthwhile, we’ll hear sentences with great language, flow, and structure. How could we not become writers and speakers, if we listen to Homer or Shakespeare? If you can understand their writings, even a little, you can comprehend anything. A child can be taught the proper structure of a sentence, but we learn how to form great sentences best by hearing and hearing excellent language.

Know the Same people
We’re committed to reading aloud as often as possible to our kids until they leave our home. One of the desires propelling us forward in this vision is for our family to ‘know’ many of the same people through the books we read. Through books, we can travel the world and meet people we would never have met like the hilarious, Pippi Longstocking or the trustworthy Lucy Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia.

“A family, a class, or any group that reads aloud has a sense of communion as they share together ideas and human experiences.” -Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, For the Children’s Sake

Enter the Big Story
As we share an experience through reading aloud together, we also begin to truly enter into the story God has been creating for the past thousands of years. Reading aloud Bible stories, poetry, fantasy, fairy tales, and animal stories helps us to see ourselves as characters in the story God created us to walk out. My friend, Sarah Clarkson, author of Caught up in a Story, has often talked about how books inspire us to see ourselves as a hero or heroine of our story. When I read Anne of Green Gables aloud to my kids, I hope for them to imagine themselves as Anne, one who cultivates beauty wherever she wanders. Anne can look at a serene sunset and be reminded of the goodness in this world. She can wander under willow trees and hear the sweet whispers of the wind. Hearing stories, shapes the imaginations of our children, which is truly a gift to them— a gift to be able to see the mystery and magic of our world now, and a preparation for what is to come.

By entering these stories, my kids also learn what to do (or not do). I hope to lecture them on character much less and allow them to read more and more about heroes they can emulate. I hope they will learn an abundance of character lessons by reading  great stories— more than they will by my lectures on what ‘they should do’ in any given situation.

My favorite question to ask when we’re reading a story aloud is, “Do you think he should have done that?” Should Abram have trusted God’s promise or acted in fear? Should Harry have trusted his dream leading him to believe a friend was in trouble?”

As we read aloud great books to our kids, we’re placing before them something worth loving, something worth giving their time to.

“What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook

Cultivate the Love of Learning
Reading aloud to our children, inspires in them a love of learning that will remain in them throughout the entirety of their lives. What we listen to, we dwell on. Do you still remember a particular scripture you memorized as child that seems to seep in into your mind on occasion? Or the the worship songs that you still hum, but haven’t listened to in fifteen years?

What we learn in childhood is carved in stone. What we learn as adults is carved in ice.” – David Kheridian, poet


The stories and ideas our children meditate on will stay with them all their lives. Even if they don’t understand everything they hear today, comprehension and application will likely come later. Reading aloud creates an opportunity for a child to make connections, giving them food to delight their soul.

Despite my best efforts to read aloud to my kids every day, there are some days when sickness or tiredness weighs me down like the the heavy load of a donkey. It breaks my mama heart, when my four year old says, “Mama, will you read me this book, right now?” And now, her requests are no longer board books. They seems to be long picture books or even chapter books. This sweet request came a few days ago while I was scrubbing a stack of pans with caked on, dried up food. I would have been overjoyed to drop the task of dishes to be distracted by reading. I’d rather read to her than do almost anything else! The chapter book requested, Mr Poppers Penguins, is NOT a short picture book. My little one couldn’t quite comprehend why I wasn’t able to drop all my household tasks and sit down and read the entire book at that very moment.

Reading some is better than not reading at all. We all have a unique family puzzle requiring intentionality to figure out what works. Let’s intentionally try to make reading aloud part of our daily life, giving us and our children an opportunity to slow down, pay attention, and allow for the richness of reading to stir our hearts and minds.

If you’d like some research on the benefits of reading aloud, here’s a thoughtful and informative piece.

I’d love to know what you’re reading aloud to your kids. Please leave a comment!

Why I’m Learning to Love ‘Great Books’

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“Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. There are mass emotions which heal the wound; but they destroy the privilege. In them our separate selves are pooled and we sink back into sub-individuality. But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”

— C.S. Lewis

Reading is something I love to do. The thought of reading great works immediately stirs me…..my heart pitter patters just a bit. Discussing ideas, themes, and virtue invigorates a part of my soul that would surely be lying dormant if not for great books.

It wasn’t always this way. I enjoyed reading at an early age, but I never developed a taste for classics— I’m of the The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High generation! Then, in college and into early adulthood, I skipped reading fiction, thinking it was a total waste of time. I somehow became convinced I could really only learn or grow or know God through non-fiction. Years after college and grad school, because of the prompting of some close friends, I once again got on the path of fiction reading with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I remember exactly where I was when I started…it was Springtime….a bed and breakfast in Victoria, Vancouver Island. Not my typical place of reading, but Glenn and I were fortunate to take a trip at the start of a sabbatical seven years ago. Looking through the window of a beautiful Victorian home, I saw a park filled with gorgeous cherry blossom trees. Through the pages of the book, I was dropped into a dramatic story, into the very depths of the human heart, wrestling with themes of kindness, love, hatred, and tragedy.

As I’ve grown, I’ve yearned to read great works that would stretch me not only intellectually but emotionally as well. My desire is not just to get through a book, memorizing information to spit out, or to meet a requirement of sorts, but to soak in a book’s richness. Last week, I began my second book by Saint Augustine, The City of God. Three years ago, I couldn’t have imagined even attempting to read his works. But last year, I read Confessions. His ability to communicate our human desires and longings are outstanding. Of course, as the picture above of my current reading list shows, I don’t only read ‘great books’; but I do try to always include one in the stack.

So, what makes ‘great books’ great?

‘Great books’ echo transcendent themes in an artful way. They are not great because some literary authority approved them, but because they help us to see the human story. A self-help book may give seven steps to living a successful life or give a simple, un-nuanced message about quitting negative behaviors. But a great story may invite you subversively into exploring the deeper motivations for such behavior.

You might see yourself in a character or find it easy to empathize with them. Maybe a character’s voice finally gives you language to voice a feeling from a past experience you didn’t even know was hidden deep in your heart.

“What is an imagination for if not to enable you to peep at life through other people’s eyes.” – Anne, in Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery

Great books’ need not be a works of fiction. I mentioned reading St. Augustine— his works were not fiction, of course, but fit the designation of a ‘great book’ because of the themes he deals with. Augustine himself describes reading Cicero’s Hortensius at the age of 19:

The book changed my way of feeling…. For under its influence my petitions and desires altered. All my hollow hopes suddenly seemed worthless, and with unbelievable intensity my heart burned with longing for the immortality that wisdom seemed to promise…. It had won me over not by its style, but by what it had to say. (from Desire and Delight: A New Reading of Augustine’s Confessions by Margaret R. Miles)

Great books are meant to be read more than once. Reading great books over and over again helps the richness of their words sink deeper and deeper with each reading. This does not mean that a great book has to be an old book. If reading a great book written hundreds or thousands of years ago is intimidating, try reading a great work of modern fiction. (Wendell Barry’s Jayber Crow is a great example.)

Wherever you are in your reading journey, you can always take another step. You can crack open that Russian novel you’ve been afraid to try; you can read one sonnet from Shakespeare; you can dust off an old classic you were forced to read in high school. Who knows what adventures await!

My Favorite Books…For Children

IMG_2558As I peered my head into the hallway, voices in British accents filled the space. It seemed magic was in the air of only I had eyes to see.  “Harry, Harry where are you? Are you going to potions class today?” Then another voice entered the conversation. “I’m Prince Caspian and I’ve come to save you from Darth Vadar!” As if the story weren’t interesting enough, Jane entered the room in a Spiderman costume!

Oh, how I love hearing how story shapes my children’s imagination and makes its way into our everyday lives! As they act out these characters in the stories we read, I can see little by little how they are being formed and shaped by the virtues these characters hold to. My desire is that as they keep reading and acting out a story, they will ask, ‘What hero can I be? What has God put me on this Earth to do? Who is in need that I can help?’

What if, as a result of feeding our children on great stories, they one day ask God to show them His path for their life?

Giving your children the gift of story is invaluable. You have an amazing opportunity to fill their minds with images and language that will form their souls. I want to give my children an eye to see literary beauty and it begins now. Whetting their appetite for the great works later means giving them books that will awaken a hunger to know and see truth their whole life. Fill your children’s life with great books and read, read, read.

If you don’t know what to read, here are just a few ideas.  Okay…..maybe lots of ideas. We have too many favorites!

A dear friend, Sarah Clarkson, wrote a book that gave me a larger vision for how story shapes souls. Please read her book, Caught Up in a Story – Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books and Imagination with Your Children.

Picture Books
The Little Engine that Could – Watty Piper
The Bear That Heard Crying – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Ask Mr. Bear – Marjorie Flack
Gingerbread Baby – Jan Brett
Goldilocks and the the Three Bears – Jan Brett
Billy and Blaze Series – C.W. Anderson
The Big Green Pocketbook – Candice Ransom
Dance Me A Story (Twelve Tales from the Classic Ballets) – Jane Rosenberg
The Bee Tree – Patricia Polacco
The Butterfly – Patrica Polacco
The Clown of God – Tomie de Paola
Miss Rumphius – Barbara Cooney
Roxaboxen – Barbara Cooney
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart – Libba Moore Grey
Meet the Orchestra – Ann Hayes
Make Way for Ducklings – Robert McCloskey
Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey
The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
A Little Golden Book Collection – Eloise Wilkin Stories
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
All About Alfie – Shirley Hughes
All the Places to Love – Patricia MacLachlan
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses – Jan Brett
Magic School Bus Series –
Owl Moon – Jane Yolen
Johnny Appleseed – Steven Kellogg
Through Grandpa’s Eyes – Patricia MacLachlan
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin – Lloyd Moss
The Boy Who Held Back the Sea – Thomas Locker

Classic Literature – Chapter Books
The Chronicles of Narnia Series – C.S Lewis (Family Favorite)
Little House Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Winnie the Pooh Series – A.A. Milne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Aesop’s Fables
The Railway Children – E. Nesbit
The Five Children and It – E. Nesbit
The Wind and the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
Little Women – Louis May Alcott
James Herriott’s Treasury for Children
Just David – Eleanor H. Porter
Pollyanna – Elenor H. Porter
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald
Heidi – Joanna Spyri
The Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Chapter Books – Beginner Readers
Sarah, Plain and Tall – Patricia MacLachlan
Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
Boxcar Children Series – Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Littles – John Peterson
Stepping Stones (Classic Chapter Books) (Heidi) – Published by Random House

Fiction (Chapter Books)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
In Grandma’s Attic  – Arleta Richardson
The Secret Seven and Famous Five Series – Enid Blyton (Glenn’s favorite series from childhood)
The Brer Rabbit Collection – Enid Blyton
Mr. Poppers Penguins – Richard & Florence Atwater
Paddington – Michael Bond
Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
All of A Kind Family – Sydney Taylor
Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
Treasures of the Snow – Patricia McLachlan
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
Bear Called Padddington – Michael Bond
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Justin Morgan Had A Horse – Marguerite Henry
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
SnowTreasure – Marie McSwigan
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Audio Books
Focus on the Family Radio Theater  – Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Secret Garden
Greathall Production (Storyteller Jim Weiss) – myths, fairytales, bedtime stories, historical biographies

Christian Hero Tales
Hero Tales – Dave & Neta Jackson
Trailblazer Series – Dave & Neta Jackson
Christian Heroes: Then and Now Series – Janet & Geoff Benge

Children’s Biographies
Who Was Series (Who Was Abraham Lincoln) – Published by Grosset and Dunlap

History
…If You Lived Series (If You Lived At the Time of the Civil War) Published by Scholastic
Story of the World (4 volumes) – Susan Wise Bauer

Children’s Bible & Devotional
Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd Jones
The Child’s Story Bible – Catherine Vos
Psalms for Young Children – Marie-Helene Delval
Joseph – Brian Wildsmith
Exodus – Brian Wildsmith

Nature
National Audubon Society First Field Guides
Paddle to the Sea – Holling C. Holling

First Readers
Little Bear – Maurice Sendak
Frog and Toad  – Arnold Lobel
Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish

Poetry
A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson
Poetry for Young People – Robert Frost

Art
Come Look With Me Series – Gladys Blizzard
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series – Mike Venezia
VanGogh and The Sunflowers – Laurence Anholt
Leonardo and the Flying Boy – Laurence Anholt
Katie Meets the Impressionists – James Mayhew

My Favorite Books…on Education

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Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly  — Francis Bacon

Books, Books, and more books.  On most days, I carry a bit of guilt for thinking throughout the day about the evening hours when I can sit down and jump back into a book I’m reading.  Or the stack that I can’t wait to jump into.  I’m a slow reader, though, and it often takes me much longer to get through something than I hope.  Maybe that means I’ll remember more!

As it turns out, many of my favorite books— or at least the ones I’ve been drawn to the past few years— are about educating children. These books have shaped the way I have and continue to parent, form, and shape my children. A child is not just an object or machine to fill with information but a whole person created by God. So, what do we fill our children up on? Many of these books have given me a vision for filling up our family’s life with great books, imagination, nature, music, art and other beautiful things. I will also post a list of our favorite children’s books too. For now, I hope these will bring life to you and your family.

On Educating Adults

The Well-Educated Mind:  A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had – Susan Wise Bauer
The History of the World Series (The History of the Ancient World) – Susan Wise Bauer

On Educating Children

Ten Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen
When Children Love to Learn:  A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today – Elaine Cooper
Caught Up in a Story:  Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books and Imagination With Your Children – Sarah Clarkson
The Liberal Arts Tradition:  A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education – Ravi Jain & Kevin Clark
Read for the Heart:  Whole Books for Whole Hearted Families – Sarah Clarkson
Honey for the Child’s Heart:  The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life  – Gladys Hunt
Tending the Heart of Virtue:  How Classic Stories Awaken A Child’s Moral Imagination – Vigen Guroian
A Charlotte Mason Companion:  Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning – Karen Andreola
Deconstructing Penguins:  Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading – Lawrence Goldstone
For the Children’s Sake:  Foundations for Home and School – Susan Schaffer Macaulay
Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder – Richard Louv

On Homeschooling

The Well Trained Mind:  A Guide to Classical Education at Home – Susan Wise Bauer
Educating the Wholehearted Child – Clay & Sally Clarkson

My Favorite Advent and Christmas Books

christmas-booksAdvent is upon us.  It’s been a joy to see our 9 and 8 year old engage this season more than ever before.  We’ve been waiting for years to see glimpses of their understanding surround the idea of waiting and hoping.  The girls are running with the idea of giving to others this season.  Our second daughter, Norah, who lives and breathes art, created an Advent basket.  It is beautifully lined with ribbon and various cards waiting to be written on and handed out to neighbors and friends.  And Sophia, our story girl, has been asking, “When are we going to read the story about St. Nicholas?”

Over the years, a handful of Christmas books have become family favorites. And we continue to add more! I’ve just about maxed out my number of books on loan from the library. The good news for you is I’ve made some lists!

SO….Cozy up with your family on the couch, grab your hot cocoa, build a fire, and pick a book or two from this delightful list.  Enjoy the season!

Advent and Christmas Read Alouds

Family Favorites

Other Christmas-themed books……

  • Gift of the Magi by O Henry
  • The Polar Express by Chris Can Allsburg
  • Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray
  • The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
  • A Christmas Like Helen’s by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Coloring books

  • Christmas Around the World by Joan O’Brien (Dover)
  • Old-Time Christmas Village Sticker Advent Calendar (Dover Sticker Books)
  • Nativity Stained Glass Coloring Book (Holiday Stained Glass Coloring Book) (Vol i)
  • My Book of Little House Christmas Paper Dolls: Christmas on the Prairie
  • Nutcracker Ballet Paper Dolls with Glitter! (Dover Paper Dolls)

Advent and Christmas Devotional Books

What about you? What are some of your favorite Advent and Christmas books?