Guest post by Tonia of The Sunny Patch.
Christmas is a wonderful time to create family memories and new traditions. Many of our favorite family moments involve books. Christmas is no exception!
There are so many fabulous picture books (and chapter books!) about the holiday season that make wonderful family read alouds. A beautiful picture book doesn’t only have to be for the preschoolers and early elementary kids. We still enjoy many books that are filled with wonderful pictures (and stories). Below you’ll find some of the best books to read this Christmas season.
8 FAVORITE HOLIDAY READ ALOUDS
The books below cover a wide range of ages – from picture books to chapter books you’re sure to find a new favorite!
The quintessential Christmas story – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A memorable story of change, forgiveness, and redemption. Don’t avoid this one just because you think it will be too hard for your children to understand. Start with the wonderful Focus on the Family audio dramatization. This story really shouldn’t be missed.
This is one of those not-to-be-missed more recent classics (if you still consider 1985 to be recent!) written by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote Jumanji. Who wouldn’t love to hop on a train and head to the North Pole? This classic tale of Christmas magic is one that even older kids can appreciate.
I’m sure many people could quote large portions of this classic poem that begins with the famous line – ‘Twas the night before Christmas… It’s certainly earned it’s place in Christmas lore and legend. One neat fact – it actually predates A Christmas Carol by 20 years.
My first introduction to this classic Seuss story, like many people, was the 1966 animated version featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch. A few years ago we received a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and now enjoy the story every year.
I just love this story by O. Henry. A young married couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give the other a special Christmas gift. We love watching the Mickey & Minnie version on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.
Written by Rumer Godden and published in 1958, it’s the story of a young orphan wishing for a home and family. Look for the version illustrated by Barbara Cooney (one of my favorites).
This is a new-to-us book this year. We love many of Tolkien’s books so we’re excited to spend some time with him this Christmas season. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!
Christmas Eve is the perfect time to read the second chapter of Luke. Turn on the Christmas lights, sip some hot cocoa, and remember why we celebrate this blessed season.
Do you have a favorite Christmas read aloud?
Every member of my family has a different Christmas favorite so we end up sharing a few memorable books over the holiday season.
And I’m always on the lookout to add to our collection. I’d love to know what books you read together during the holiday season.
Tell me about your family’s favorite Christmas read aloud!