I love reading books set around Christmas. Children’s books are some of the most fun. I’m proud to say that Little Shepherd is among the many possible choices you have when selecting a Christmas children’s book for the young person in your life. There are, however, many other great books around this time of year. This video trailer mentions just a few.
Here are some lists of titles you can check out that others have suggested:
G. Powell’s list on Amazon can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Childrens-Christmas-books/lm/H65O5OCPJUKR
Elizabeth Kinney put together this list a few years back that includes slides of book covers: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/holidays/ss/christmas2004.htm
Apples 4 the Teacher suggests these ones: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christmas/kids-books/
They also suggested this list of Christian Christmas children’s books: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christmas-religious/kids-books/
This is another list from Amazon. This one comes to you from Cassandra W.: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Christmas-Books-for-Kids/lm/F64KKM87CA3H
And last but not least, here are some of my personal favorites:
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Kat Whelan. This lovely book from tiger tales has a cute Santa Mouse who visits the Mouse family on Christmas Eve. The pages are cardstock and have glitter accents.
A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills, illustrated by Wilson Swain. This book came out in 2009 from Chronicle Books. It takes the traditional nutcracker story and turns it on its ear.
Fritz is left home on Christmas Eve with his neighbor. All he wants to do is play his video game, but it’s been locked in the closet because he broke his sister’s doll. Fritz sneaks the game out of the closet and begins playing, sending him on a magical journey to Christmas Wood where he must help the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King’s evil plan.
The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reese, illustrated by Ron Head. This award-winning book from BeeBop Books tells the story of a young boy whose father gives him a green pumpkin at the end of the harvest season. The boy decides to decorate it for Christmas, but everyone he tells this it’s idea. That is until he meets up with a kind old man with a long white beard who offers him some help.
Baby Jesus is Missing by Dixie Phillips, illustrated by K.C. Snider. This book is from my publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing. When I read books like this one, it makes me realize all over again why I wanted them to be the ones to bring Little Shepherd to readers.
In this book, Mommy and Daddy are all tied up with winning the neighborhood Christmas decorating contest, but young Josiah is worried about something else–Baby Jesus is missing from their wooden manager scene, and you can’t have Christmas without Jesus. Baby Jesus is Missing features some of artist K.C. Snider’s wonderful winter scene illustrations that I love so much.
One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso, illustrated by K.C. Snider. Another book from Guardian Angel Publishing, find young Derrick going up to the dreaded attic with his father to find the Christmas decorations. When they discover the Christmas angel that once traveled the Oregon Trail, Derrick and his older sister vow to protect the angel just as those who brought along the trail did many years before them.
All the books on my list and many of the others mentioned are available at Amazon.com.