Christmas is Coming!
Time for MORE Christmas Books!
Christmas is next week!!! Here are a few more books to fill you with the Christmas spirit!
The Farolitos of Christmas
by Rudolfo Anaya, illustrated by Edward Gonzales
Luz’s father is away, fighting in World War II. Her grandfather is too sick to create the traditional luminaria (small bonfires made of stacked wood), so Luz helps create farolitos (paper bag lanterns), for their Christmas celebration instead. Inspired by this story, I’m planning to have my own paper bag lanterns this year.
The Story of Christmas
words from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, illustrated by Jane Ray (sorry, no link)
The illustrations make the words of the Bible come alive. This is a beautiful book.
Snowmen at Christmas
by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
I’ve often read of toys coming alive at night while we sleep, but snowmen? This story is a delight and the illustrations are, too. Written in rhyme, it would make a wonderful read aloud!
Frankenstein’s Fright Before Christmas
by Ludworst Bemonster
The monsters of the Miss Devel’s castle are so excited about Christmas, they all lost their heads. Literally. So what does Santa bring them? You guessed it, heads. But since no Santa story can resist a ride on Santa’s sleigh, that’s in there, too. Based (sort of) on The Night Before Christmas, this is a fun story.
Room for a Little One
by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
It was a cold winter night. Kind Ox invites one visitor after another into the shelter of his stable. Old Dog, Stray Cat, and Small Mouse all rest together peacefully. Then Tired Donkey appears with Joseph and Mary. This simple retelling of the birth of Jesus is simply and beautifully told.
Do Rabbits Have Christmas?
by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies
by Susan Jeffers
There are many versions of this story. I like this one because the story is simply told and the illustrations perfectly show the magic. It would be a great introduction to the story if you are attending the ballet.
The Lump of Coal
by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist
Lemony Snicket may be an unlikely author of a heart-warming Christmas story but he’s written one this time. Of course, it’s also odd and funny.
by Patricia Polacco
Right before the Christmas Eve service, a tapestry is hung to cover an ugly hole in a church wall. This tapestry joins 2 families, 2 faiths and 2 lonely persons.
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
by Tomie dePaola
Strega Nona prepares for her annual Christmas Eve feast for her town. Her helper, Big Anthony, seems to not to be helping at all. This is one of my favorite Christmas books. If you can find the book-plus-audio version by Dom Deluise, it’s even better.
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
This poem was originally read at the 2005 White House tree-lighting ceremony. The poem celebrates the hope of Christmas even when terrible things happen all around us. Although the book I got from the library did not have the CD with Angelou reading the poem, I think it would be amazing to listen to it while looking carefully at the amazing illustrations.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!