Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Our Favourite Children's Christmas Books

Does anyone else have a special library collection they pull out only for the holidays? One of my favourite things to do is snuggle up with Sebastian by our tree and read cozy, Christmas stories together. Here are some of our favourites.

Christmas is Coming, An Advent Book by Katie Hickey - This is a beautiful, hardcover advent book full of crafts, activities, stories, and songs for you and your little ones as you countdown to Christmas. Sebastian loves the little flaps on the cover for each day, and the art inside this book is stunning.

A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan - The author of Marley and Me also wrote an adorable children's series about Marley. My 7-year-old loves these books because Marley is always stirring up trouble!

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig - A great chapter book for the holiday season!

1001 Things To Spot at Christmas Sticker Book - My son loves all things I Spy, so this book was a huge hit when I first brought it home. He still keeps it and plays with it each year. We also have this I Spy Christmas book, but it's actually less Christmas-y.

Santa is Coming to Toronto (and the similar Santa is Coming to Canada) - It's always fun when children can see their own community in a book, so these two books are great fun. There are a few "Santa is Coming" books, and the Canada one is perfect if your specific town or city doesn't have one yet.

The Best Worst Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson - I have such fond memories of my own mother reading me this book when I was little. It is a hilarious chapter book about a Christmas pageant gone awry.

Disney's Countdown to Christmas - Countdown to Christmas with 25 Disney stories! One for each day, these short stories revisit all of your old favourites (Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, etc) as they get ready for the holidays.

A Merry Scary Holiday - My son is obsessed with Scooby Doo, so if your child is as well, this is their holiday themed reader. Keep your eye out for it in thrift stores.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss - No collection is complete without a copy of this classic!

Merry & Bright isn't a picture book, but it is a beautiful keepsake journal to help you cherish your holiday memories. This book is where you can record special events, movies, gatherings, gifts, and photos from your Christmas celebrations. There are enough pages and prompts for you to use this journal for a decade, so it will keep us going right until 2029!

What are some of your favourite Christmas stories?

Disclaimer - Thank you to Raincoast Books for sending us copies of Santa is Coming to Canada, Christmas is Coming, and Merry & Bright.

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