One of my great pleasures as a father has been reading books to my children. Christmas, whether it be in its pagan roots, its Christian-ized setting, or its modern secular form, is filled with stories. I encourage you in this busy season to make room for reading, aloud or alone and here are some good books I would recommend –
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Susan Wojciechowski (author), P.J. Lynch (illustrator). This wonderfully written and illustrated book seamlessly weaves the Good News of the Christ child with the bad news of grief and loss. Ultimately, hope outweighs sorrow.
This is the Stable – Cynthia Cotton (author), Delana Betoli (illustrator). This is a simple, beautifully rhyming story about the birth of Christ. It’s a great book for parents or older brothers or sisters to read to young siblings.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Barbara Robinson. A funny thing happens on the way to producing a “perfect” Christmas pageant as one church learns to reach children Christ came to save.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Dylan Thomas (author) Chris Rascha (illustrator). With poetic prose, Thomas describes in vivid detail the joys and wonders of Christmases past in his homeland. This is perhaps better suited for older children and adults, but would make a good read-aloud book at family gatherings as well. Younger children can certainly enjoy the award-winning illustrations.
I’m eager to hear from you. What good Christmas books would you recommend?