Have you started your collection of holiday story books, yet? What?!? You haven’t? This could be the year to assemble your compilation. Every child loves sitting down with Mommy and Daddy to listen to stories reserved only for this time of year. The stories will build their excitement for the “big day” when Santa comes. The books will teach them (in language they can understand) about the birth of Jesus and traditions around the world. Because these stories are brought out for such a short time, it makes them all the more precious. Here are some books that have been a hit around our house:
- Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin, Parent’s Magazine Press, New York, 1976. Mr. Whiskers is angry, because old Mr. Cyrus tries to keep the local children from skating on the local pond. Mr. Whiskers saves the day and everyone has a great Christmas!
- Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett, Scholastic Inc., New York, 1992. Treva and Tuffi (her dog) are harassed by trolls on their trip up Mount Baldy. Treva tricks the trolls and saves her dog.
- The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Demas Bliss, Hyperion Books for Children, New York, 1999. This is a wonderful story to introduce your children to the tradition of painted nesting dolls. The story initially takes place in Russia and travels to America. It is a fun and sweet story, especially if accompanied by a gift of real nesting dolls.
- The Candymaker’s Gift by David and Helen Haidle, Honor Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1996. Have you ever wondered about the tradition of the candy cane? This lovely illustrated book explains the message of the candy cane and what it can teach us today.
- Child of the Promise by Stormie Omartian, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2000. The pictures are beautiful. The story explains the promise, the visitor, the decree, the manger, the wise men and much more. It is a long book and is best read one chapter at a time, each night, throughout December.
- Noel’s Almost-Perfect Just-About-Wonderful Christmas by Mary Manz Simon, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1994. Noel has an important part the Christmas play at her church. She is sad when her grandmother cannot make the show. Everything works out OK in the end. The play is fun and Noel is happy.
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1985. The book and movie are both beyond magical! The illustrations are astounding in this award winning children’s book. The story takes a little boy on a wondrous journey to see Santa. The trip takes place on the Polar Express train. The boy meets other children and has many harrowing adventures. He learns much about himself and the meaning of love along the way.
Why not buy one or two books each Christmas, when your baby comes home? After a few years, you will have an amazing collection. Your children will love finding a new book under the tree on Christmas morning. There are some wonderful children’s books out there. Which one is your favorite?