Eight Children's Christmas Books to Add to Your Collection and a GIVEAWAY

As the Andy Williams classic goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Of course, I'm talking about the Christmas holiday, which is definitely a fun time for us here in the Our Everyday Harvest household.

Since September, I've been highlighting some of the newest additions to our holiday reading list. I've even had the chance to hold some giveaways for these awesome books. Last year, I did my first roundup of must-have children's books for the holidays. This was a list of some of our personal favorites, but we have since added many more to it. I'm happy to be sharing a collection of some of our other favorite reads for the Christmas season. In this round-up, you'll find a mix of some old and some new seasonal reads that are definitely worth checking out.

I'm happy to include our favorite family of bears to this year's Christmas book round-up. We never get enough of that precious family and this one does not disappoint. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are excited, because there's fresh snow outside, and they can't wait to go out and build a snowbear. They decide that they want to create a new type of snowbear that doesn't fit into the traditional corn cob pipe and button nose version, so they begin thinking of some ideas. I won't give too much away, but by the title, you can most certainly guess what they come up with. As they go inside to warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama shares the true story of Christmas and the angels that had a big part to play in the whole event, from Mary receiving news of her pregnancy to the night Jesus was born. Like many of the latest books in the Living Lights collection, The inside back cover includes a special Bible reference section, so children can further expand their studies.

This is a precious tale about a little mouse who just loves the holiday season. It's a chance for him to reunite with his old friends from the seasonal decoration boxes, like Betty the Ballerina, Dan the Drummer, and Nathan the Nutcracker. This year is even more special than the rest, because it's the year that Santa has decided to take his break in their house. There are so many plans to carry out and so much to do before Santa makes his special appearance. Marty wants everything to be perfect–he plans every last detail, even a special Christmas pageant. Things seem to be running smoothly up until two mischievous characters begin stirring up a little trouble. Items start to go missing that are needed for the special day. What can Marty do to fix the problem and get things back on track? This is a very cute story with fun illustrations. I especially enjoy that it teaches children about the value of teamwork and problem solving.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

This one is a classic that I didn't get to add to last year's group of must-have Christmas books. It was taken from a famous poem all the way back from 1823, and tells the story of a father who witnesses Santa's visit to his house while delivering presents for the family. Most folks are very familiar with it, or at least the ever popular first line, "It was the night before Christmas (Twas the night before Christmas)." There are many variations of this book out there with different illustrations. We personally own the Parragon Books version, illustrated by Harriet Muncaster. It includes glossy, high color pages that resemble photographs of little people made of paper and miniature holiday displays. No matter what version of The Night Before Christmas you currently own or decide to get, the one thing that remains the same is the magical words written throughout this timeless holiday tale–my personal favorite being, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"

A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit

This is a really adorable picture book that tells the story of Jesus' birth. What really sets this one aside from other books, are the whimsical illustrations that don't just depict Mary, Jesus, and Joesph in the manger. Instead readers are witnessing a Christmas pageant at school where little children in costumes are acting out the nativity story on stage for an audience. We see a little girl dressed up as Mary being pulled in a little wagon with a cardboard cutout donkey head attached, and a little Raggedy Andy doll used as baby Jesus. Other children are dressed up in animal costumes to depict sheep and cows in the manger. All at the same time, the text remains true to the story of our savior's birth. It really is a delightful book to flip through and one of this year's favorites.

Thomas Night Before Christmas by R. Schuyler Hooke

We are big Thomas the Train fans here in the Our Everyday Harvest household, so I couldn't pass up adding this "Little Golden Book" holiday favorite from my son's collection. This book includes some of Sodor's favorite steam engines and adds in a story that is very reminiscent of the classic Night Before Christmas tale, with a unique twist. Santa has arrived to Sodor and he is feeling a bit under the weather. With so many gifts to deliver, what is he going to do? It's up to Sir Topham Hat and the rest of the steamies to pitch in and work together as a team to help save Christmas.

Ready, Set, Find Christmas by Vanessa Carroll

If are looking for a Christmas book that teaches the story of Jesus' birth at a level that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, then this is definitely one to get. It has adorable, colorful art work, sturdy board book pages, and large rounded picture tabs that make it easier for little hands to flip through. Children will learn the story of how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem seeking a place for them to stay. The really neat thing about this book is that it also includes a fun interactive search and find feature for little ones to enjoy. On one side of each two-page spread are a collection of different items, animals, characters, etc. These same items are also hidden in the main story's illustrations. Kids can use their detective skills to locate each one, while naming off what they are.

North Pole Ninjas: Mission Christmas by Tyler Knott Gregson & Sarah Linden

A lot of us are familiar with Elf on a Shelf, well North Pole Ninjas is the latest holiday tradition for children. The entire concept revolves around doing good deeds for others during the Christmas season. North Pole Ninjas comes in a kit that includes a Santa's Sensei plush toy (we love the fuzzy white beard and eye brows) and a top secret mission envelope that contains a collection of tickets with ideas that focus on random acts of kindness. The reason I added North Pole Ninjas to this list is because it also include a beautiful illustrated hardcover book that tells the complete tale of the North Pole Ninjas. These little guys are a team of special elves that work for Santa in the art of helping. They use their Christmas spirit to do good deeds, but sometimes they need help and seek assistance from children in order to accomplish all their missions. This is a wonderful story that teaches kids about the importance of kindness and giving back to others during the Christmas season. The entire kit also allows families to carry out these special missions in real life.

One Small Donkey by Dandi Daley Mackall

Sometimes we read stories that revolve around the birth of God's son that also include another special character in the mix. In this book, that includes a precious little donkey. He knows that he may not be as grand as the large stallions he sees passing him by. That doesn't stop him from taking on the very important job of riding Mary all the way to Bethlehem for her to give birth. Even though he is not physically large and strong, he has a great big heart and is blessed with being a part of the wondrous event of Jesus' birth.  This story offers a very important lesson to children on how God can give the biggest tasks to even the smallest of creatures or people.

I think everyone should have a library full of great children's Christmas books! That's why I'm happy to announce that I'm giving one reader the chance to start their own collection of favorite holiday reads, or simply expand on their current collection with a new 2016 release! 

One winner will have their choice of one of the three Zonderkidz titles mentioned, above, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, Ready, Set, Find Christmas, or A Night of Great Joy.


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Need more Christmas reading recommendations for the children in your life? Be sure to also check out my 10 Must-Have Christmas Books for Children, as well as a collection of other favorite holiday books.


I received a complimentary copy of Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise, A Night of Great Joy
Ready, Set, Find Christmas, One Small Donkey, and The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel from the publishers. The views and opinions expressed here are 100% honest and purely those of my own.