A fellow pastor’s wife recently asked for suggestions about meaningful Christmas books that can be read with kids, whether in a church setting, Sunday school class, or as a family.
Here are a few recommendations that were shared by mothers and ministry leaders, as well as some of our own family’s treasured Christmas stories.
Are any of your favorites listed here? If not, please add it in the comments!
15 Meaningful, Christ-Centered Christmas Books
This beautiful, meaningful story isn’t explicitly written for Christmas, but it works well for both Christmas and Easter. Children will learn about the significance of Christ’s life.
This is a fictional story about the camel who travelled with the wise men, bringing gifts to baby Jesus.
This story takes an ordinary candy cane and makes it a symbol for Jesus – his death and his purity. Fun to read in a small group and pass out candy canes afterwards!
This is the story of the other wise man, a king, on his way to meet the baby Jesus.
By Max Lucado, this story is about a small lamb who doesn’t feel he belongs because he is not as “perfect” as the other lambs, but God loves us in spite of our blemishes.
Seamlessly combines the message of Christmas with a very down-to-earth story about love, loss, and love.
Uh-oh! Mortimer the mouse has found a nativity scene that seems to fit him just right, and then he hears the story of baby Jesus.
The story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story.
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells a tender story of giving—not just cookies, but gifts of the heart that last forever.
A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.
A cold winter night, one Christmas eve… beautiful Christmas tale.
A very special family is making its way to Bethlehem. The inns are full, but no harm can come to Mary and Joseph, for everyone from an array of angels to a stable of animals is watching out for them.
First published in 1952, this classic Little Golden Book retelling of the Christmas story was illustrated by beloved artist Eloise Wilkin.
This sweet retelling of the Nativity, told in cumulative rhyme, captures the excitement and anticipation of those who witnessed the birth of the Christ Child — from Mary and Joseph to the barn cats and mice.
Remember, though, that the best story of all is the one shared straight from your Bible while holding your little ones close.
Go in grace today,
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