Christmas Read Alouds

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Last year and again this summer, I made some investments in Christmas read alouds and story books. Reading holiday stories throughout December is one of my favorite things to do with the kids.

I love having copies of our own instead of fighting for it at the library. There are many great books out there! It’s fun to have special copies to make our own.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money, though. I remember years ago seeing my friend Whitney’s collection of Christmas read alouds and children’s books. They didn’t have much money, but they had a wonderful collection of books that she had created over time and through thrifting.

Either way, consider some of these great books:

If you can spend some time reading these once-a-year kind of books with your kids, you end up making memories tied to the holidays — and to you. If you have time to talk, cook, or do art inspired by the book, so much the better.

Looking for inspiration? Pick up a copy of A Simpler Season. Dr. Veronica Getskow (aka my mom) prepared a number of extension activities to go with these books as well as several others. That reading and activity list is included in A Simpler Season.

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  1. I bought a couple new Christmas books last year and a couple more this year. Maybe before my children are grown, I’ll have a nice little collection. I’m like you, I dislike trying to find them at the library when I know everyone else is looking for the same books. 🙂

    1. It’s so fun for them and for me to pull them out of the box and read them throughout the season. Bringing out the box today!

  2. The Crippled Lamb – Max Lucado
    The Polar Express
    The Night Before Christmas – Clement Moore (love the illustrations)
    Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams II (winter not Christmas)

  3. I love Karma Wilson’s Bear Stays Up for Christmas, but when I went looking for it, she has another called Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. Both will be before-Christmas presents for our four-year-old this year.

  4. We have a bunch of xmas books and when my son was little, I would wrap them in xmas paper, then every night, he would pick one out, unwrap it, and we would read it together. It was a fun tradition 🙂