Peter Spier's Christmas One of my favorite children's book illustrators, this is truly a picture book. No words. But lots of detailed illustrations which narrate in their own way one family's Christmas season.
The Foxwood Surprise by Cynthia & Brian Paterson The illustrations are the best part of this book. Three little animals look for ways to earn money to buy gifts and have a little adventure along the way.
The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes Picked this up at a library book sale since it's illustrated by Tasha Tudor. A sweet book about a little cat that finds a new home at Christmas. Gingerbread recipe and icing in the back.
Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado A young carpenter in Bethlehem gives a gift to the newly born Christ-child.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown A simple little poem about Christ's birth. Whimsical and romantic, it's still a book we enjoy.
The Day Before Christmas by Eve Bunting A sweet book about a little girl who goes to the Nutcracker for the first time with her grandfather. Who Was Born this Special Day? by Eve Bunting A simple story for young children about Jesus' birth.
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden I love this story about a little girl searching for a home. Illustrated by another of my favorite illustrators, Barbara Cooney.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston A tear jerker about a little girl named Ruthie who is waiting for her father to come home from war and must donate the "perfect Christmas tree" to her town's Christmas play.
These are a few of our favorite Christmas books for children. What are yours?