Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Books to Read Aloud

Christmas Books to read aloud

I am always compiling book lists, if you haven't noticed.  I love to look back from year to year to see what we had on our reading list, what we liked, and to note what we didn't get to so I can add it to a new list.  I love book lists!  I do add in a mix of "fun" books for Christmas.  Fun has it's place, and my children are aware of that.  With that said, we're working our way through our Christmas book list right now.

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
There is a Polar Express Unit Study, if you're doing Christmas School.  This makes a great movie night too!

This one is a must, right?  You can't have a Christmas Book read-a-thon without Mr. Grinch!  This one also makes a fun movie night too.

The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher
My review of The First Christmas Night will go into more detail, but this is set to the rhyme of The Night Before Christmas, with beautiful illustrations.  This one is good for home and church.  I read it aloud to my Sparks this year.

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
This is our current chapter book read-aloud. It starts in December, so this is a good time of year for it.  It also brings up some interesting topics for discussion, regarding homelessness and more.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
I started to read this aloud last year, and we just didn't get going with it, so it got shelved.  I planned to squeeze this one in after The Family Under the Bridge, but I'm not sure if that will happen at this point.  It's a fun read, but also has good talking points built right in about character, judging, and more.

Christmas for the Snowmen by Wolfram Hanel
What do three lonely snowmen do on Christmas Eve?  We did a fun Snowman art project last year with this one.  This is a good one for the preschool crowd.

Merry Christmas, Curious George by Cathy Hapka
While not an original, my boys still love Curious George in all his forms!  This one is also great for preschool and early elementary.

The Candymaker's Gift: The Legend of the Candy Cane by David & Helen Haidle
The title of this one is self-explanatory, telling how the candy cane came to be, and what the colors and shape represent.  There are some fun activities in the back, but we did candy cane science and art last year.

The Tub People's Christmas by Pam Conrad
I haven't read this one to the kids yet, but the Tub People remind me of Little People, so I picked it up when I found it at a used book sale.

The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas by Jill Hardie
I have reviewed this book, and we have started our own Sparkle Box.  This book opens an opportunity for enjoying the real Gift.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
A classic must-read.  Pure fun!

The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth
You can't go through Christmas without a little gingerbread.  This is another great book for Christmas School, because you can expand it right into the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments, cookies or other baking.  We made Homemade Gingerbread Ornaments for someone special this year!

The Nativity Story
Not a book, but a storybook app we reviewed.  It is fun and interactive for the kids!

We Give Books
These are a few of the Christmas books available to read on We Give Books for free, so even if your library is all out of Christmas books, you can enjoy these!
Llama Llama, Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
The 12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora
No Room at the Inn by Jean M. Malone
A Night in Santa's Great Big Bag by Kristin Kladstrup
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson

What are your favorite Christmas books?

If you are like me, and are always looking for new book suggestions, the Schoolhouse Review Crew has a Christmas Book Round-Up, so be sure to check it out!

Christmas Books

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1 comment:

  1. There are some cute looking books here, some I have never heard of and will definitely have to check my library for. The Candymaker's Gift is one of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing with Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. I just wanted to let you know that Throwback Thursday will be taking a break for Christmas, but we will be back the next week in the new year!
    Wishing you are your family a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year!