Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Countdown to Christmas Book List


On our ABC Jesus Loves Me Facebook Group, Helen shared an idea that she found on Pinterest to wrap and read one book per day as a countdown to Christmas or for Advent.  I love the idea! 

There is a plethora of wonderful children's books focusing on Christmas so I didn't guess finding 25 quality books to be difficult.  But in my search, I found most of the lists contained books that focused on the commercial side of the holiday.  So with the help of some precious ladies in our group, I have compiled a list that intermixes fun and teaching the true meaning of Christmas.

These 25 books are simply suggestions.  Below is a list of additional options to substitute as needed.  Also fill free to change the order as needed!

  1. The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas by Jill Hardie  (Read my review and enter to win.)
  2. The Biggest Snowman Ever
  3. What Is Christmas?

  4.   The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

  5. The Story of Christmas

  6. Snowmen at Night

  7. The Tale of Three Trees

  8. The Hat

  9. The Littlest Christmas Tree: A Tale of Growing and Becoming 

  10. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

  11. Poppleton in Winter

  12. The Candymaker's Gift: The Legend of the Candy Cane

  13.   071755: God Gave Us Christmas God Gave Us Christmas

  14. Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You're Never Too Little for His Love
  15. The Perfect Christmas Pageant (Everyday Zoo)
  16. Mortimer's Christmas Manger

  17.   Christmas Cookies:  Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  18. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  19.   The Gingerbread Man
  20. The Very First Christmas from the Beginner's Bible

  21. Morris' Disappearing Bag

  22. 68410: Room for a Little One: A Christmas TaleRoom for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

  23. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  24. Who is Coming to Our House?
  25. The Bible - Luke 2 

Additional Books

Here is a list of books that others have suggested that you may also want to use.
These books contain discussion of Santa Claus but are super cute.
Be sure to read about our favorite Christmas Traditions on the ABC Jesus Loves Me Preschool Curriculum website. 

What books would you add?


  1. I would love to add a brand new (2014) book to his list. It is a book called God Bless Our Christmas by Hannah C. Hall with illustrations by Steve Whitlow. We love their first book God Bless You and Good Night. It is our brand new go-to baby shower/baptism/birthday present book for the little ones in our lives. We ran across their new Christmas book and bought it as soon as it came out and we have not been disappointed by the adorable illustrations. My son (18 months) loves to read her books over and over agani!

    1. Thank you for sharing. I will take a look!

  2. Another great board book for Christmas time is The Donkey's Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri. My baby/toddler laughs each time the donkey "sings" (just like Jesus laughs in the story)

    1. I will look for this one. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The biggest snowman ever and god gave us Christmas are both on sale for $1 through scholastic. At least they were Nov 18th when I ordered them :)

  4. I would also love to add ' Birds of Bethlehem' - The nativity story from a birds eye view.


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