Wow! There are some great new Christmas books this year. I’m posting early so that you can have time to buy and enjoy them before the holidays.
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
We ADORE this story — where no Pirate cookies are harmed . . . Jim and his mother make gingerbread pirates and leave out the pirates for Santa. Jim keeps Captain Cookie on a plate next to his bed. Captain Cookie worries about his crew – where are they and will they be eaten by the cannibal Santa Claus? When Captain Cookie meets Santa, he learns the meaning of Christmas, when Santa makes him a real toy and gives him his own ship.
The Christmas Story The Brick Bible for Kids by Brendan Powell Smith
If you’re a LEGO fan who celebrates Christmas — this is the book for you!! (GIFT??) Each page is a photograph LEGO scene reenacting the Christmas story from when Mary and Joseph were engaged to when the family returns from Egypt. We loved figuring out what sets could have been used in the creation of each scene. It’s such a fun book to read!
Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker by James Mayhew
We’re big fans of Ella Bella and thoroughly enjoyed Ella Bella’s magical trip into the Nutcracker story – and as a parent, I appreciated how Mayhew made the story kid-appropriate and beautiful.
Santa on the Loose! A Seek and Solve Mystery! by Bruce Hale
Are you seeing red? Because Santa’s toys have been stolen — and this book is filled with red. Mr. Claus and you must find the clues hidden in each page to find the culprit in this engaging Christmas themed search and find book. We’ve done it several times and love the challenges!
A Woodland Christmas Tale An Advent Calendar Book
The creatures of the wood prepare for a special guest — Santa. The last two-page spread includes 24 flaps to be used as an Advent Calendar.
Christmas Chaos Hidden Picture Puzzles by Jill Kalz
A colorful seek and find book that will engage your children.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond
Charlie the ranch dog sure wasn’t expecting a kitty for a Christmas surprise. No, sir. It’s a charming story that leads to acceptance of the kitty and ends with a new puppy.
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
I had no idea that reindeer liked carrots –or that wombats did, too. It’s Christmas and wombat finds that strange creatures (reindeers) like his carrots . . . and that there are a lot of carrots in the world. Simple and charming.
The Berenstain Bears’ Old-Fashioned Christmas by Jan & Mike Berenstain
This Christmas will be old-fashioned like when Gramps and Gran were little — with no TV. They’ll be singing carols, cutting Christmas trees, hanging ornaments, baking gingerbread people, and spending time with each other. If you’re wondering what to do for Christmas activities, read this book.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin
“At Christmas we give, so give it your all,” is the jingle you’ll be singing after reading this new Pete the Cat story. When Santa falls ill, he calls Pete the Cat who delivers the gifts in a VW bus pulled by reindeers. So groovy.
The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
These Christmas moments of quiet from the author of The Quiet Book feel deeply soothing. Some of my favorites are “Bundled up quiet,” “Cocoa quiet,” and “Listening for sleigh bells quiet.” Illustrator Renata Liwska’s muted colors perfectly complement the book’s peaceful mood.
Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List
Peppa Pig and her family get ready for Christmas. She has lots of questions about Santa, why he comes down the chimney, and how he remembers what each child wants. When she meets Santa, she learns that he uses a gift list — but, oh, no! He’s lost his list. Can Peppa Pig help him remember?
The Christmas Creativity Book
Another fantastic activity book from Barrons.
My Beastly Book of Tangled Tinsel illustrated by Christine Roussey
“140 ways to doodle, scribble, color and draw” says the cover but it seems like more. This book has a little bit of everything from a “Christmas Every Day! Petition” to reindeer outfits to color to dot to dots. I can’t wait to steal this from the kids and do myself.
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What about the classics?
Any Christmas favorites your kids want to read every year?