Question: What are your favorite Christmas stories to read aloud?
Answer: We recommend the following selections of Christmas Books for parents to read aloud to their children during the holidays. Some of these are suitable for public school classrooms and some are more suitable for the home or parochial schools.
- "The Birthday of a King" by Bob Hartman Michael McGuire
- "A Taxi Dog Christmas" by Debra and Sal Barracca, Illustrated by Alan Ayers - "Maxi and Jim the taxi driver gladly interrupt their Christmas celebration to lend Santa a hand." publisher
- "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Barbara Shook Hazen Adapted from story by Robert L. May, Illustrated by Richard Scarry. "Here is a delightful version of the tale of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer--the little reindeer so well known in song and story." publisher
- "One Wintry Night" by Ruth Bell Graham, Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. "Ruth Bell Graham retells the Christmas story in a contemporary setting, beginning with creation and closing with Christ's resurrection." publisher
- "All Is Well" by Frank E. Peretti - Poverty stricken and low on hope. A divorced mother and her daughter prop up their sagging spirits and keep the flames of faith alive by clinging to a phrase heard on a previous Christmas, "All is well."" publisher
- "Frosty the Snowman" Adapted from the song of the same name, retold by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by Corinne Malvern. "Frosty the Snow Man was born in 1950 as the subject of a phonograph record, and soon after appeared in many different forms. He has been in numerous Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Parades. Unlike other snow men, he is at home even in the warmest parts of the United States." publisher
- "This is the Star" by Joyce Dunbar and Illustrated by Gary Blythe.
- "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" by Robert Barry.
- "Christmas at Long Pond" by William T. George, paintings by Lindsay Barrett George. - "Father and son observe the plant and animal life around Long Pond before finding just the right Christmas tree." publisher
- "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Ted Rand (our favorite version)
- "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Tim Burton - "When the king of Halloween decides he wants a new holiday, Christmas will never be the same." publisher
- "The First Noel", Illustrated by Jody Wheeler - "Illustrated version of the well-known carol in which an angel appears to poor shepherds to announce the birth of Christ.
- "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" by Hans Christian Anderson and Illustrated by Fred Marcellino - (our favorite illustrated version)
- "The Advent Book" by Jack and Kathy Stockman - A MUST Have for Christian parents celebrating the true gift of Christmas with their small children this Christmas. (Crossway Books a division of Good News Publishers.)
- "Santa's Book of Names" by David McPhail - A young boy who has trouble reading helps Santa with his yearly rounds and receives a special Christmas present.
- "Winnie The Pooh's Stories For Christmas" by Bruce Talkington, Illustrated by John Kurtz
- "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg
- "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss