There are many wonderful kids Christmas books, including fun classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Night Before Christmas.” But none of these fanciful tales discusses the real meaning of Christmas. If you’re looking for some holiday reading to help your kids learn about the real reason for the season, these Christmas books can help remind you and your kids of what it’s really all about.
“Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale” by Martin Waddell is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners. In this illustrated story, a Kind Ox invites visitors – Old Dog, Stray Cat and Small Mouse – into the shelter of his stable and they all rest together peacefully. When Tired Donkey appears with Mary and Joseph, they join the animals in the stable and all of God’s creatures welcome Jesus when He is born on Christmas Day.
From the popular “God Gave Us…” series by Lisa T. Bergen, “God Gave Us Christmas” is about a polar bear cub who wonders who invented Christmas. His mama takes him on a polar expedition to find God and to see how He gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them, and the little cub discovers Jesus is the best gift of all.
This book provides a new story to read for each day of December until Christmas arrives. “Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she’ll tell him a story—twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, show him the path to the Christ Child.”
You can find all of these books online or at your local bookstore. They will help your children learn about the meaning of Christmas, and reading Christmas stories every night before bed is a great tradition to start with your young ones.
As your kids get older, you can find books that also talk about ideals of the season, such as sharing, being grateful and loving others. Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” and even the humorous “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” are great stories that have important lessons. You may also want to find books that teach about how Christmas is shared around the world.
Kids are natural learners and soak in what they’re taught, but if we get too busy during Christmas, they can learn the wrong lessons about this wonderful holiday. So make sure to take the time to share Christmas stories that will teach them the real meaning of Christmas.