This year, when looking for new Christmas books to read with my kids, I decided to keep other countries and cultures in mind, since we're studying world geography. I found a bunch of great books at the library, but these eight are my favorite.
1. Jotham's Journey. I loved the suspense of this advent book. My kids looked forward to reading it each day. Some themes throughout the book were a bit more mature than I had expected though. I had to skip some parts when reading it with my five-year-old and seven-year-old. We will probably read it again when they are a little older. I'd say nine and up would be a good age range for this book.
2. Cobweb Christmas. A cute German Christmas folktale.
3. An Amish Christmas. Who doesn't enjoy reading about the Amish way of life?
4. The Legend of Old Befana. In Italy an old witch named la Befana travels to each child's home on Epiphany Eve (Jan. 5th) in search of baby Jesus, and leaves good boys and girls gifts and treats.
5. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend. We read this every Christmas. It's my favorite Christmas book because it explains that Saint Nicholas was a real Christian man who gave generously, often in secret. You see, Santa is real.
6. Las Posadas: An Hispanic Christmas Celebration. This book has so much information about the Spanish tradition of Las Posadas. What a great way to keep the focus on Christ!
7. Reindeer: A New True Book. Although it's not necessarily a Christmas book, it begins with a bit of history behind Santa Claus and his reindeer. Did you know that Santa's sleigh-pulling reindeer are based on the Lapp people of northern Scandinavia? This book offers a lot of great info about reindeer!
8. An Ellis Island Christmas. This is about a girl's voyage with her family from Poland to America. She finally arrives on Ellis Island on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are beautiful.
What are some of your favorite Christmas books? Let me know in the comments below! I need some suggestions for next year!