Christmas Books for Little Readers

BY MIRIAM JESSIE

One of our family traditions has been the opening of a gift on December the first (also my birthday), that contains a Christmas book to read during December. I wanted to outline some of these books for you because I believe in the power of narrative and I think truly Christmas centred books offer our children another way of looking at the wonder of the arrival of Jesus.

Room for a Little One

by Martin Waddell

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A beautiful board book for animal lovers. This story essentially follows an old ox who keeps making room in the stable for misfit animals with the line ‘room for a little one’. Ultimately of course the animals make room for Jesus. Simple text, sweet old fashioned style of illustrations.

I couldn’t resist popping this Grandma Shirley reading in:)

 

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

by Susan Wojciechowski; illustrated by Patrick Lynch

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This is a text heavy Christmas book and not one for the ‘emotionally gifted’ among us to read aloud without tissues handy. This is a beautiful and moving story of a very grumpy wood carver who agrees, under duress, to carve a nativity for a mother and child who have lost theirs. The process ultimately confronts Jonathan Toomey (or, Mr Gloomy as the village children call him) to face his own hidden sorrow. How can you not love a book with a child who tells the wood carver that his cow looked proud because it knew Jesus can chosen to be born in its stable? A beautiful book to read together or for a confident 7+ reader to read alone.

An Unexpected Christmas

by Simone Graham {yes!  our very own!!}

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This is a gorgeous ‘alternate perspective’ telling of the Christmas story. Coupled with photo-illustrations of children, we see what might have been happening in heaven when God sent in his son. ‘Your Son? Our prince?’ An enchanting take on the unexpected approach of God when sending in his son to rescue the world, and a beautiful reminder of what Jesus chose in becoming incarnate. The story has been made into a gorgeous short film as well – perfect for sharing with church groups.

Here’s the film:

 

Jesus’ Christmas Party

by Nicholas Allen

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This book makes me laugh and smile. We have adapted it on several occasions to make into a nativity play. ‘There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night’s sleep…” so starts the story. The innkeeper ends up with very little sleep after a succession of interruptions and visitors until he finally storms to the stable to meet a baby…. Gorgeous. Not entirely accurate of course but beautiful and joyful. Simple, playful text so perfect for sharing together or an oldersibling to read to a younger sibling.

 

Song of the Stars

by Sally Lloyd Jones illustrations by Alison Jay

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This story is one of my all-time favourite picture books. As all of creation whispers ‘it’s time’. The song of creation in joyful anticipation of Jesus while the world misses what happens the song sings to the One who made them. Adorable illustrations and text by the author of the well-loved Storybook Bible.

The Nativity

by Julie Vivas

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This is essentially the Biblical account accompanied by Vivas’ beautiful, rich watercolour illustrations. A gorgeous and moving visual capturing to accompany the text we know so well.

I would so encourage you to get one of these books and enrich your own experience of Christmas by looking again at the story with fresh perspective.

Miriam xo

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Miriam Jessie is a Kiwi, living in Australia, a teacher, education consultant and blogger.  You can read Miriam’s blog here {click}

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