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13 Christmas Books Your Family Will Love for Years to Come

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to share the true spirit of Christmas with your family. As the weather gets colder and Christmas gets closer, settle in and read these fantastic Christmas books with your children:

Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

Discover how each figure of the Nativity can lead your family closer to Christ this Christmas season. This children's edition of Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas will guide you through seven meaningful traditions inspired by the Nativity setting. These simple experiences are not meant to add more to an already crowded holiday season but to offer something different. They will give your family an opportunity to escape from the frantic bustle of the Christmas season and spend time reflecting on the baby Jesus and the miracle of His birth.

This interactive book invites children to watch each figure approach the waiting manger and encourages them to ask what they might have done if they had been there on the night Jesus was born. Seven beautiful ornaments have been created to accompany the lesson each figure teaches. Displaying the ornaments throughout the Christmas holiday will remind your children of the lessons they are learning about the baby Jesus.

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Stars Were Gleaming

Children’s Christmas Books

Christmastime is filled with thoughts of family, friends, and faith. It is a time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday and to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. Stars Were Gleaming is the perfect way to set the tone for your holiday celebrations by pairing inspirational poetry, holy scripture, and uplifting quotations with original artwork by renowned artist Greg Olsen.

The centerpiece of the book is a painting created especially for this book that features the most holy of nights, the evening of Jesus's birth. Gathered around the manger are the familiar faces of Mary and Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds, and peeking through the window is the bright heavenly star gleaming in the night sky. This beautiful book will be a treasure for many seasons to come.

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Jesus Is Born!

Children’s Christmas Books

Shine a light behind the pages and be dazzled as hidden images appear before your eyes. The interactive pages bring to life the story of Jesus Christ's birth that your children already love. The questions posed on each spread will lead to learning and discussion that parents will love, too. Children of all ages will be delighted to illuminate the pages to see who appeared to Mary, what Joseph's job was, what happened in the Americas at the time of Christ's birth, and much more! All you need is the book, your family and anything that shines a light—even your cell phone!

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The Little Match Girl

Children’s Christmas Books

It is Christmas Eve, but for one little girl, there will be no stockings hung lovingly above the fireplace or shiny presents wrapped under the tree. The best that the little match girl can hope for is a warm, dry corner of the street to protect her against the freezing snow that has been falling for hours.

Helpless and cold, the child seeks a bit of comfort from the only source she has—the bundle of matches in her apron pocket. She had struggled all day to sell even one, but the crowds of people had only hurried past her with hardly a glance as they finished up their holiday shopping and rushed home to begin their feasts. Alas, at least she has the matches now, each one holding the promise of a few short seconds of warmth and light.

But as she strikes each match, she discovers a truth that sets her heart soaring—all along, even in times when she has felt most alone, she has been lovingly watched over by those who have gone before her and have anxiously awaited a joyous reunion. She learns she is not forgotten, and in the learning shares a poignant message of love and service. The tender tale of the little match girl reminds each of us to take notice of the least of those among us and to do our part to extend a kindly hand—at Christmastime and always.

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The Mismatched Nativity

Children’s Christmas Books

Joshua has a problem. His family has just moved across the country to a new home. It's nearly Christmas, he's lonely and homesick, and he wonders if he'll ever make any new friends.

A caring Primary teacher notices, though. Soon Josh and the rest of his Primary class are caught up in the Christmas spirit. They learn what the story of the Nativity has to do with all of us, especially those of us who feel lonely or homesick at Christmas.

The Mismatched Nativity also includes suggestions for parents to help make the story of Christ's birth an exciting and fun part of their family's Christmas celebration.

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The Little Lamb From Bethlehem

Children’s Christmas Books

Are you looking to have a more Christ-centered Christmas this holiday season? The concept of The Little Lamb from Bethlehem is similar to Elf on the Shelf but will help teach your family, especially your little ones, the true meaning of Christmas. 

The Little Lamb from Bethlehem tells the story of Jesus's miraculous birth from the perspective of one of the lambs in the stable on that sacred night. The lamb loved baby Jesus, and as they both grew, the lamb promised to share Christ's story with everyone. Now the Little Lamb can teach your family about the Savior's life and share ways to follow His example and serve others throughout the Christmas season. Make Christmas more meaningful as you use this little plush lamb to learn of the Savior, serve others, and celebrate the true spirit of the season with this new Christ-centered Christmas tradition!

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Oh, Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

Did you know that there are two Christmases? On the first, we focus on the stress, the presents, and the rush. On the other, we think of the star, a manger, and God’s gift to the world. This beautifully illustrated book will remind you what the celebration of Christmas is all about.

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My First Story of the First Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

Latter-day Saint parents and grandparents will especially appreciate this one-of-a-kind Christmas board book. Retold in a “read-aloud” style by Deanna Draper Buck, the book unfolds the events surrounding the first Christmas as recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. As in the other bestselling titles in the My First series, vibrant illustrations complement the inviting text. Reading this book is sure to become a Christmas tradition for generations of parents and children.

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The Drummer Boy 

Children’s Christmas Books

Here we have a heartwarming tale of a young, poor shepherd boy, his life in the hills, and his encounter with Mary, Joseph, and the new baby Jesus. Upon meeting the Savior, he decides to give his only possession of any value, but he learns that physical things are not always the best gifts we can give. Walk the hills with the drummer boy and you will find the best gifts are sacrifice, service, and love.

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The Gifts of the Animals 

Children’s Christmas Books

With a beautiful narrative by author and poet Carole Gerber and stunning and intricate art by renowned Japanese artist, Yumi Shimokawara comes one of the most anticipated Christmas gift books ever published. The Gift of the Animals shares the miraculous offerings the humble animals in the manger gave to the baby Jesus. 

Celebrating the Savior's birth, this full-color, gold-embossed hardcover is a must-have addition to a family's Christmas library and Christmas Eve traditions.

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On Christmas Day 

Children’s Christmas Books

All is warm and bright in this peaceful look at the first Christmas night. In lilting verse, Margaret Wise Brown welcomes animals and children to the manger where baby Jesus lies. Children will want to snuggle in close as they hear the gentle invitation: "O come all ye children/ O come one and all/ O come to the stable in Bethlehem's stall." In soft, cozy hues, watercolor illustrations depict the newborn King surrounded by His adoring guests. This simple Christmas board book encourages families to slow down and marvel at the meaning of Christmas.

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Cozy Nativity: A Touch and Feel Christmas Story

Children’s Christmas Books

Are you looking for an engaging way to help your child anticipate the joy of Christ’s birth? In Cozy Nativity, everyone is excited about the coming King—including the animals! As news of Jesus' birth spreads, the creatures along the way cluck, hee-haw, and baa with joy in this delightful touch-and-feel Nativity book for infants through preschoolers. 

The simple Bible story and rich illustrations of this board book will remind little ones of God’s perfect plan for Jesus' birth—and for them. They will love the touch-and-feel element on every spread and repeating the silly animal sounds as the anticipation of Jesus' birthday grows. This Christmas season, encourage your child to hear, see, speak, and feel the joy of Jesus arriving in the manger and in their own lives!

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The Christmas Doll

Children’s Christmas Books

In The Christmas Doll, best-selling author Jason F. Wright shares a true story from the life of Gail Saxton Miller, billionaire businesswoman and owner of the Utah Jazz NBA team. But Gail's childhood was vastly different from her life now—facing poverty in the 1940s, the Saxton family made ends meet by turning their small home into rental apartments and made do with hand-me-downs and secondhand items. 

However, their humble circumstances didn't stop the Saxtons from being rich in what mattered most: selfless acts of love, the rewards of a job well done, and the hope and renewal we can feel through Jesus Christ. All of these lessons come together at Christmastime when Gail learns of love and sacrifice through a single, precious gift.

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