6 Favorite Christmas Children’s Books

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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.


1. One Wintry Night

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!


2. Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You’re Never Too Little for His Love

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!”


3. The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable

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.


5. 12 Stories of Christmas

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.


6. God Bless Our Christmas

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.

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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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Trusting God’s Plan (and a little help from Lysa TerKeurst)

Post includes a 2 book giveaway of the NEW children’s book by Lysa TerKeurst, “It Will Be Okay”

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Trusting God’s plan isn’t an easy thing for us as humans, is it? We simply want to know the plan. Our questions often include:

  • What is the purpose of this problem or circumstance?
  • How could something good come out of this?
  • How is God going to use this in my life?

I often wonder why we who trust Christ for our eternal salvation struggle so much to trust him with our everyday lives.

Do we forget that the God who saved us will sustain us?

Yikes, I preach to myself.

 

Over the summer, my 1o year old daughter and I were privileged to meet with Lysa TerKeurst for a few minutes at Women of Faith. I really wish I had thought to take a photo, but my mommy brain must have been on overload that day. When Tristina discovered that Lysa had written a new children’s book, she wanted to review it for you.
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Now the interesting part of the story is that when I asked Tristina if she wanted to read the book, it was just a simple request. But God had something so much bigger in store for her! This week was a trying one for her and a certain situation left her tired and struggling against fear. My mama’s heart ached for her, because the truth is- I struggle with this same fear. We had to make a change in plans because the situation just seemed too big.  The problem can’t be avoided and will have to be resolved, so we rescheduled a time to tackle it in the near future.

When Tristina finished reading the book and immediately came to me, I saw her eyes wide open. “I know why you wanted me to read this book, Mom,” her voice full of accusation. I honestly had no idea what she meant, but it quickly became obvious that the message of the book was personal to her. Here is her review:

Hi! I’m Tristina Wojnarowski.  I read the book It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst, who I met before with my mom. It’s about a seed in a little seed packet and he doesn’t want to be planted.  He likes it up on the shelf in his packet. But then a little fox came into the shed because it was storming.  Throughout the story the little seed and the little fox grew up together and stayed right next to each other and became best friends.  I think that it was a great book to teach kids like me about trusting in themselves and trusting in God as well.  I really like the cute illustrations and the characters.

One of my favorite parts about this book is the awesome list of 10 Scriptures to Memorize with Your Kids. What a wonderful list to give them as practical tools to use in the face of fear!

I figured you would want a sneak preview of this precious book and its beautiful message on trusting God through fear and change! So take a peek below:

I’m pretty pumped to give away two copies of this sweet book this weekend! Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter to win.

For more details or to purchase, go here—–> It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox)

Have a great weekend!!
Rachel

More Resources on Trusting God’s Plan:

15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times

A Prayer for when I can’t understand God’s plan

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God Bless You & Good Night Book Review

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It’s a Tommy Nelson Day! I love being a Tommy Nelson Mommy for many reasons, but one definite reason is the wonderful Christian resources our family is privileged to review. This God Bless You & Good Night book review was a sweet, snuggling experience for my kiddos, as the youngest three gathered with Mom to read the book for the first time.

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My two year old was interested in the baby animal artistry immediately. She loves babies and will probably be the one of my bunch to grow up and have a zillion kids. Ok, maybe not a zillion, but you know. The artwork is truly precious!

As the animals in the story snuggle down and prepare for bed throughout the pages of the book, the rhyming words carry a sweet sound to whisper just before little eyes drift off to sleep. The book is designed for ages 1-4 and I believe that is just the perfect age range for this sweet little book.

Several pages in this book hold a starry night sky in the illustrations, so our family thought it would be fun to use the Night Sky app on the ipad just before we read the book together next time.

The book also mentions a night-light glow so another option might be to read the book by flashlight or a lower light setting to enhance the snuggling mood.

I can see this sweet book being a favorite just before bedtime and one that is requested over and over again. But I’m sure none of you ever read the same book more than once.

If you’d like to order the book, you can do so here:God Bless You and Good Night.

I’m so pleased to offer God Bless You & Good Night as a giveaway on the blog today. One reader will win a beautiful copy of this book; just follow the rafflecopter to enter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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