Sharing the joy of books at Christmas
My fondest memories of Christmas, are those reading Christmas books with my parents and many years later, reading the same books to my son and now today I read them to my grandsons. These timeless classics continue to be treasured by my family, generation after generation. Traditions of curling up with a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket and those close to our hearts, sharing the time together reading on Christmas Eve. For me, this is priceless.
Soft Christmas music plays in the background, the tree, with presents beneath it, sparkles in all its glory and a child is enjoying the magical world enchanted by a book. Introducing children to the love of books at an early age will be a gift they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Being the youngest daughter of science fiction author James P. Hogan, my father shared with me his love for books and writing at a very early age. This passion has stayed with me all my life and I could never imagine a world without books.
I’m sure many of you have fond memories of these classic books and have a favorite that you share with your children today. I’d love to know, which are your favorite Christmas books.
Merry Christmas, Curious George by H. A. Ray & Catherine Hapka
The first Curious George book was published in 1941. Since then he has become a household name throughout the years with movies, T.V shows, games, and toys. In this Christmas book, George is anxious to pick out a tree with his friend, the man in the yellow hat. As usual, George gets carried away hiding in the branches of the tree. The trip takes them to the local children’s hospital when George makes it a memorable Christmas for the children and meets the man in the big red suit.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore & Marcin Nowakowski
First written by Clement in 1822, this beautiful illustrated poetic book is a treasure. A beautiful imaginative poem bringing the world together during the holiday season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seus
What is Chrismas without visiting Who- Ville and making it a Grinch -mass. When it comes to writing Children’s books, Dr.Seuss is the master. In every book, he writes of values and lessons we all should teach our kids. In this fun book written in rhyme, he tells the readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz
For over fifty years Peanuts and the gang have been a household favorite and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them. Loved by everyone young and old, they bring into our homes, the true meaning of the holidays.
Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins
First introduced in the 1950’s the magical tale of a snowman that comes to life and brings joy and magical times to all the children in the neighborhood.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Thea Feldham
First airing on T.V in 1964 it was an instant hit. An engaging tale of acceptance when Ruldoph and his pals – the elves escape the Abominable Snowman and end up on the Island of Misfit Toys. after many adventures, they are accepted back into Christmastown, despite their differences.
Enjoy them while they are young
Treasure the times you spend reading with your kids before you know it, they will be reading these classic books to their children. I wish we could put them all in a time-warp and let them never grow up. But if we did that we would never have any grandchildren to read to. I hope you all have a Joyous holiday, however you choose to celebrate it. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.
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18 thoughts on “All Time Favorite Classic Christmas Books for Children”
My favourite has got to be The Night Before Christmas. A few years ago, I came across a copy that had a little family of mice instead of people. I wish I had written down the name of the illustrator, because it was just stunning!
I’ve never seen that edition of “The Night Before Christmas” How cute! I will have to keep an eye out for it. Would love to see it.
Lots of great books. I think we have all of them.
What some lovely book ideas, I don’t think you can beat the Grinch who Stole Christmas though as one for a good laugh and of course a serious undertone.
All of his books are written to be taken seriously with lessons to be learned but in such an entertaining poetic way. Extremely clever.
I loved so many of these books growing up! Christmas truly is the best time of year.
I have to agree with. It’s definitely my favorite.
I remember growing up with Charle’s Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” when I was a child. It was my family’s favorite read during those times.
Great list of books! These are all perfect for Christmas gift!
The Night Before Christmas is definitely read here every year! I love your list.
Thanks! I love bringing these books out every year and making memories
Oh these are perfect gifts for my little sister. I always sends her Christmas books and she loves them. She is not used to receiving cash or toys as gifts. Mostly books.
Books make the perfect gifts. I still have some my parents brought me when I was a child. They are treasures that hold so many memories.
Yeah, these are classics! I need to order The Grinch for my son though, I can’t seem to find my copy. Thanks for sharing! I’ll pin this for my mom friends 🙂
The Grinch has to be my all-time favorite. Hope you have a wonderful holiday
Nice collection of classic Christmas stories! We have been reading different Christmas books each night.
Love it! Enjoy 🙂