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Old 12-22-2019, 01:35 AM
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What is your favorite Christmas book for kids? I'm especially looking for ideas that become treasured books and saved, such as the type a parent or grandparent might give to a child. I have several from my childhood from my grandparents and I love reading them each year and seeing their inscription in the books (especially since they have passed). My kids are 4 and 6 and I love telling them, "Mommy got this book from her grandmother when SHE was 6!"


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Old 12-22-2019, 02:12 AM
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I like many Christmas books, but the one that is sticking out in my brain is “The Wild Christmas Reindeer” by Jan Brett.
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:36 AM
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This is one of my favorite topics - I probably have close to 50 Christmas children's books.
A lot of them were mine as a kid as well and I love sharing them with my kids.

As far as keepsake type books, I would think of classics:
The Night Before Christmas (I
like the edition Barbara Reid illustrated)
The Polar Express
The Grinch
Etc.

There are also some lovely sentimental ones:
The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman (I think this might be exactly the kind of book you are thinking of)
You are my Miracle by Maryann Cusimano

It might also be fun to get the kids a book each year that reflects their interests. This year I got If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas for DD because she is really into those series. She got really into the Berenstein Bears this Christmas too so I just ordered another holiday book of theirs. Last year it was Olivia the pig and Llama Llama.

You could also look for regional books too - I know we have a few Canadian and Nova Scotian specific stories, and there are the "Santa is coming to (city) books.
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Christmas books for kids
Old 12-22-2019, 04:19 AM
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These are my favorites (and I read them aloud to my 4th graders each year):
Silver Packages (Cynthia Rylant)
Trees of the Dancing Goats (Patricia Polacco)
Just in Time for Christmas (Louise Borden)
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Too Many Tamales (Gary Soto)
Night Tree (Eve Bunting)
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:00 AM
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I love this collection of short stories
Children of Christmas by Cynthia Rylant
It includes a story that is also available in picture book format
Silver Packages by Cynthia Another favorite is December by Eve Bunting


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Old 12-22-2019, 06:48 AM
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Mil bought my boys Twas the Night Before Christmas books when they were little. We read every Christmas Eve and we all signed the inside cover. It became a treasured tradition.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:32 AM
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My absolute favorite is A Little Cowboy's Christmas! My grandmother had this book and I read it over and over as a child. I don’t know what happened to the original, but I found one in a second hand store years ago. It has some coloring damage but the book is intact.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:53 AM
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Merry Christmas, Stinky Face <---that's a link

I got it when my son was in the constant questions stage of toddlerhood and he loved it so much. I now read it to my Kindergartners every year.
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Favorite Christmas books
Old 12-22-2019, 09:48 AM
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‘Was the Night Before Christmas
Polar Express
Merry Christmas, Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo - a truly beautiful story of giving

And another religious one I can’t find on my shelf right now. I think it’s called The Littlest Tree . It’s about a queen going through the woods trying to find the perfect Christmas tree and all the big ones are boasting. She ends up picking a “Charlie Brown” tree because he lost his beauty sheltering animals in a storm.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:32 AM
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We had that book when I was a child and I loved it. Your picture brought back so many memories.


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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Old 12-22-2019, 10:33 AM
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is my favorite to read aloud. It is funny and I love the rhyme.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:17 AM
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One of my favorites from my childhood, it is written by Robert Barry. A delightful story about a Christmas tree that is too tall for the house. They chop of the top, which is rescued by someone, who takes it home. Of course it is too tall for their space, so they chop off the top and throw it out, This repeats many times, until it is finally perfect for the Mouse family.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:34 AM
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*The Night Before Christmas

*The Gingerbread Man (Jan Brett version has great illustrations)
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:13 PM
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Have you seen the Auntie Claus books by Elise Primavera? They are favorites of my students and they have a moral as well.

Also The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:19 PM
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The House Without a Christmas Tree packed a punch and helped me recognize that Christmas is not a joyful event for all.

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Old 12-22-2019, 04:05 PM
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The Our State magazine has a great article about a librarian who collected one book her whole career....Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now she has over 1, 000 different versions. " My goal was to find all the editions, to represent every year since its publication in 1823,”

https://www.ourstate.com/a-holiday-p...ore-christmas/
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:07 PM
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:06 AM
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What wonderful ideas! Thank you guys!
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