** Post includes children’s book giveaway!
I cannot believe how quickly time is flying! Last week was an abnormal week for me from a schedule standpoint and it’s been all I could do to keep up with our family advent on a daily basis. This year we are enjoying Ann Voskamp’s beautiful new Advent book, Unwrapping the Greatest Christmas.There have been years that I simply read a different short Christmas book each night or on days with less of a schedule, we would read a few here or there throughout the day. So much depends on the ages and stages of your family as to what works best for you. For that reason, choice is a wonderful thing. Today I just wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas children’s books. Ready? In no particular order, here we go.
This beautiful book captures the attention of the reader with beautiful artistry and progressive dialogue. Intended for grades 4-7, I feel this book can be enjoyed as a read-aloud for children reading a chapter at a time. Some younger children may have a harder time listening for longer periods of time and for them, I would read half a chapter at a time. Beautiful book!
In his usual style of beauty, Max Lucado describes a wonderful tale of two mice who’ve heard that the King is coming to visit their small town. Upon searching high and low in their pursuit of seeing the glorious King, they almost miss His visit. Designed for ages 4-7, the emphasis of the book is
“You’ve never too little for His love!”
This book is so appropriate for all ages and another way to emphasize the meaning of giving. My trustworthy assistant, Tristina, wrote a review for this book when she was in second grade. You can find it here.
4. A Christmas Prayer
This book is a great one to snuggle up with! In the tradition of “A Night Night Prayer”, a precious little child wanders through the house on a snowy Christmas night offering a prayer of thanks and blessing. The child finishes with thanks to God for the greatest Gift of all. This book is designed for ages 0-2, but I think stretches on to age 5 quite well.
I just discovered this new release and I REALLY want it! I love stories that have a wide appeal to all ages because of our large family. This book looks like just the thing! Isn’t that a beautiful cover? The author, Rob Morgan, is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for more than thirty years. Rob writes only one short fiction story each year—an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. The stories in this book are those beautiful stories– and I REALLY want to read this beautiful book with my family.
God Bless Our Christmas is a beautiful rhyming book of animals enjoying the blessings of Christmas. The beautiful crisp colors in this book’s illustrations are the perfect complement to its wintry feel. With words that roll easily from the tongue, children love to listen to the short phrases. While this book is perfectly designed for 1-4 years, the settings within the book could easily be discussed and compared among older children. For example, as the animals discuss decorating cookies, the conversation might center around shapes, colors, or your family’s cookie experiences thus far in the holiday season.
Speaking of God blessing us….
Because I believe it is so important to emphasize giving thanks at all times of the year,today I’m offering a free printable to help your family remember God’s blessings at Christmas. Here’s a peek at the Favorite Things page and you can click on the graphic or HERE to download and print.
Today I’m giving away one copy of God Bless Our Christmas- woohoo! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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