One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to bring out all of our Christmas picture books from the bin in the garage. I place all of the books in a big basket. Then, every night during the month of December, I host “Storytime with Mother Julie” where the boys take turns picking out a book from our Christmas book basket for me to read to them before bed.
While we have a few beloved Christmas books about Santa and elves, my favorite books are the ones that celebrate Jesus. These books provide me with opportunities to talk about the real Reason for the Season with my children.
I wanted to share our top Christ-centered Christmas books with you today!
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Mortimer’s Christmas Manger is definitely the fan favorite around here! SUCH A CUTE STORY about a little mouse looking for a new home. He ends up discovering a nativity set and tries to move into it by moving the baby Jesus out. Mortimer eventually learns that Jesus made room for him by coming, so he decides to make room for Him in his own heart. The ending is the best.
Who is Coming to Our House? is such a simple book written from the perspective of the animals as they await the coming of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to their home in the stable.
I LOVE everything that Crystal Bowman writes. This book – shaped like a Christmas tree – tells kids about the ornaments and symbols we place on our Christmas trees.
Song of the Stars is written by the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible – one of our favorite Bibles for kids! This Christmas book tells of how creation is longing for Jesus and how they celebrate the coming of Christ.
Christmas in the Manger is easy to read and the illustrations are so adorable. Little ones love this board book!
We love the Baby Believer series! The purpose of this lovely little board book is to share about the animal kingdom as well as the establishing and coming of God’s kingdom on earth.
The Legend of the Candy Cane has always been one of my favorite ways to illustrate the Gospel at Christmas time. You can read this book with your child and then pass out candy canes to friends and family using THIS FREE Printable tag!
It’s no secret around here that we love The Beginner’s Bible. The Very First Christmas shares the events leading up to Jesus’ birth and helps kids understand why we celebrate Christmas.
I hope you have found a book here to have your own nightly story times!