With all the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to share the true spirit of Christmas with your children. As the weather gets colder and Christmas gets closer, settle in and read these 16 fantastic Christmas books with your children:
1. The Mismatched Nativity
by Merrilee Browne Boyack, Shawna J.C. Tenney
A caring Primary teacher notices him, 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.
2. The Christmas Train
by Thomas S. Monson, Dan Burr
In this children's picture book, President Thomas S. Monson recounts a Christmas memory from his childhood. As a boy, he yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning he got exactly that—a train that operated through the miracle of electricity.
Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had a beautiful oil tanker car, which little Tommy wanted for his own. Soon after, Tommy's mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor's home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn't notice the missing train car. However, a remorseful Tommy did.
What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home. Illustrated by renowned artist Dan Burr, The Christmas Train is sure to be a classic Christmas story and a beautiful addition to every Christmas library. Winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Mom's Choice Award!
Includes a QR code for a FREE download of President Monson's narration of the story!
3. God Bless Us, Every One!
by John Rhys-Davies, Brandon Dorman
In creating stories for others, we sometimes end up revealing truths to ourselves. Such was the experience of the beloved Charles Dickens, master storyteller and honorary champion of Christmas. But Dickens was not always the purveyor of yuletide wisdom we know today—he, too, had to discover for himself the true spirit of Christmas and how best to keep it all the year through.
It was 1843, and winter was fast approaching. Times were tough for Charles Dickens and his family. He needed to publish something that would earn enough money to meet his many obligations. Pondering his predicament, Dickens set out to write a quick Christmas story that would be sure to sell. Little did he know that his writing—and the genial ghost he would bring to life—would take him on an incredible journey of the heart.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself—with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.
4. The Light of Christmas
by Richard Paul Evans
High in the mountains lies the town of Noel, surrounded by beautiful white walls and a great silver gate. Every year Alexander and his mother walk the long distance to Noel to watch the lighting of the village Christmas tree.
This year Alexander learns that the Keeper of the Flame will choose the person who has given the truest gift of Christmas to light the Flame.
On his way to Noel, Alexander helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. His act of charity is rewarded, and Alexander learns that it isn’t what you have to give, but how you give of yourself that matters most.
5. Beyond Bethlehem: A Book of Mormon Christmas
by David Bowman
This durable board book takes children back to the days of Samuel the Lamanite and the great sign of Jesus' birth that was given in the ancient Americas.
Just as the Nephites looked forward to Christ's first coming, children will learn what they can do to be prepared for Christ's Second Coming. Full of four-color, irresistible illustrations, and practical applications, Beyond Bethlehem will delight children as they learn the complete Christmas story.
6. Sam's Christmas Wish
by George D. Durrant, Dan Burr
"I'll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!" he warns.
But the mystery of a pile of gifts left anonymously, without any tracks in the snow, works a change in Sam's heart. The spirit of Christmas fills his home with joy.
Over the years, Sam becomes one of the most generous men in town. Yet his fondest wish goes unrealized: "I wish I could do something good and do it in secret so nobody would ever know."
And then one Christmas, he gets his chance—his secret act is even more gratifying than he ever could have imagined.
7. Christmas for a Dollar
by Gale Sears, Ben Sowards
Now, with her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills resulting from her brother’s polio, little Ruthie expects another Christmas without presents or festivities. But when her father brings home one dollar in change and lets the children use it to buy special gifts for each other, the Kamp family comes to find that money isn’t what makes Christmas full of joy, love, and miracles.
This touching true story from the acclaimed author of Upon the Mountains will remind you and your family of the simple joys in life and the importance of selflessness, gratitude, and charity.
Alos find this inspiring story on DVD at Deseret Book stores or on deseretbook.com.
8. Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas
by Ben Sowards
It's Christmas Eve and the fierce storms of the Dust Bowl are sweeping through the Midwest when a small family knocks on the door of Paul's family farmhouse. Their baby is sick, their truck has broken down, and they need shelter for the evening. Paul's grandfather not only welcomes them in but also offers them dinner and a bed for the night.
Even though it is a season of giving, Paul's heart is not filled with charity, Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, Grandfather warns Paul that he might have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck so the family can take the baby to a doctor.
Angry and afraid, Paul retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. What begins as a dream becomes something more—a Christmas journey that will bring Paul peace and help him learn the true meaning of Christmas.
9. My First Story of the First Christmas
by Deanna Draper Buck, Jerry Harston
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.
10. Gingerbread Christmas
by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away.
Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever—a giant Christmas tree.
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett, enjoy this adorable story with detailed illustrations that will capture the attention of every family member.
11. Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber
by Tom Brokaw, Robert T. Barrett
Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.
Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.
Get a sneak peek here!
12. Christmas Oranges
by Ben Sowards, Linda Bethers
The only home little Rose has ever known is the orphanage, but Mrs. Hartley cares for all the children as if they were her own. When Mrs. Hartley dies, Rose is sent to a new orphanage, which is as cold and cruel as her previous home was kind.
Gradually Rose makes a few friends, and she learns that every Christmas a generous neighbor donates a box of oranges for the children.
An orange is an unknown luxury for little Rose, and she waits in eager anticipation. But on Christmas morning, Rose is brokenhearted when she learns that there is no orange for her.
However, Christmas is a time of friendship, love, and of miracles . . . .
13. The Three Gifts
by Patricia Cook Orr, illustrations by Wilson Ong
This beautifully illustrated book weaves a compelling tale that begins with the wise men's visit to Mary. Years later, the Holy Family finds the blessing in each gift when they are forced to flee to Egypt, when Jesus is found at the temple during Passover, and finally at the Garden Tomb.
The Three Gifts is a wonderful little Christmas story about those gifts given by the Magi.
14. A Night of Great Joy
by Mary Engelbreit
Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the Nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.
A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.
Mary Engelbreit, New York Times best-selling illustrator of the blockbuster Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas, brings readers a new holiday picture book that’s sure to become a family favorite.
15. Good King Wenceslas
by Jane Seymour, Omar Rayyan
"Good King Wenceslas" is the beloved Christmas carol that relates this tender story, and it is brought to life in this book and DVD by actress Jane Seymour and artist Omar Rayyan.
The sumptuous illustrations reflect the medieval setting of this tale, capturing the lavish Feast of St. Stephen at the castle and the arduous trek through heavy snow to a humble cottage deep within the forest. The original lyrics to the song, set to music more than 150 years ago, are interwoven throughout the story. The actions of the kind, humble Bohemian king reflect the invitation of another King to follow in His footsteps, bringing the blessings of Christmas to all of His kingdom.
The book includes a DVD featuring Jane Seymour's narration of this classic story, performed with the world-acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Also included is an introduction by Jane Seymour and an original illustration created by her especially for this book.
16. Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse
by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen tree decorated with lights, ginger, and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate Jesus’s birth on a day called Christmas. And so Mr. and Mrs. Mouse decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too.
With delightful rhyming verse, detailed illustrations (with hidden pictures to search for!), and a childlike sense of wonder, the story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas is sure to become a holiday tradition.