Holiday Classics: Children’s Books

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Classic Christmas Stories that we love:

In my opinion, no one can match Tasha Tudor’s illustrations.

Christmas Around the World Dover Coloring Book

I love all the coloring books that Dover Publications offers. The pictures are so well done and my children have always enjoyed really taking their time coloring in, maybe because the artwork is so lovely.

For me, Jan Brett is by far one of the most amazing children’s book illustrators out there.  The little borders and details that she draws could keep my children reading for hours on end!

Our children love, love, love A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. We watch it every year, and, not surprisingly, the movie inspired my 11 year old to read the novel. Be still my heart. I love seeing my boy reading Charles Dickens.

My daughter nine year old daughter just started reading this classic the other day. I’m thinking that perhaps watching the old movie will inspire her to read the book as well.

This book is simply the lyrics to the song with the amazing Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations.

What a sweet little book. It’s a little book for little hands too. I love those.

The Little Match Girl is quite sad, so perhaps not appropriate for little ones younger than eight.  Nonetheless, it is a classic that all older children should be familiar with, in my opinion.

Another “must read.”

Oh now this is a precious story. It’s a bit of a tear-jerker, for sure.

I’m pretty sure I’ve cried every.single.time I’ve read this book.  It’s a beautiful story about selflessness.

Thank you, Katie, for introducing me to this lovely book of Christmas poetry!  I can surely identify with the poem “Mother.”  Perfect coffee table Christmas book or hostess gift for a mom friend.

Truman Capote A Christmas Memory

We have listened to this book in the car many times, but I’ve never actually sat down to read it. By the way, is that the same thing? Can I say I’ve “read” a book if I’ve only listened to it?

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

This is another “QUIET IN THE CAR!” specials. It’s read by James Earl Jones, which of course, the kids love. Because Star Wars. The story is so touching. I’m not going to summarize it. Just get the book. You’ll love it. I promise.


Gorgeous illustrations! So snowy and cold looking. It’s the story of King Wenceslas that we hear of in the old Christmas Carol.

I have saved the best for last.  Please, please, get this book!  It is absolutely precious and magical and beautiful and lovely.  It’s one of those books that you will read year after year that will become a part of your child’s Christmas memories.  I promise you.

And that about wraps up my list of holiday classics! As always, I love it when folks share their book suggestions with me, so by all means, leave them in the comment box! Thank you!

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