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What’s on Our Bookshelf? (Christmas Edition)

Do you want to share the gift of reading to your children this Christmas?  Here are the books that made it to our bookshelf for December.  We have carefully chosen books that highlight the birth of Jesus as well as the magic that Christmas and winter bring.

A Child was Born by Grace Maccarone

Using beautiful illustrations and rhyming text, the book offers a simple but accurate description of Jesus’ birth.

Suitable for ages 0 – 3


The Christmas Star by Allia Zobel Nolan

This book captures how the Christmas star lights the way for the shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6



The First Night by B.G. Hennessy

With a sense of mystery and wonder, the scene in the manger that welcomed a very special baby comes to life.

Suitable for ages 0 – 3


My March to the Manger by Mary Manz Simon

In this Christmas countdown, animals get ready to welcome Baby Jesus.

Suitable for ages 0 – 3


The Wonderful Story of Christmas by Matthieu de Laubier (Translated by Anne Louise Mahoney)

Translated from French and published by Adarna House and Bayard Assumption Media, this book is a beautiful and very genuine retelling of the first Christmas.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit)

This newly illustrated version of the famous poem about everyone’s favorite Christmas visitor is filled with detail, color and memorable characters.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

With her usual spunk, Madeline takes charge and finds a way to help her friends get home for the holidays.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6



Shhh! By Julia Sykes and Tim Warnes

A very clumsy and noisy Santa goes about delivering toys while trying hard not to wake everyone.

Suitable for age 0 – 3


The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

Set in winter, the Gruffalo’s child discovers just how frightening a little mouse can be.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6



The Christmas Show by Rebecca Patterson

A hilarious account of what can go wrong during a Christmas Show, this story is truly something young children can relate to as they prepare for their own performances.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


Stella, Queen of the Snow by Mary Louise Gay

Delicate watercolors and witty text create an enchanting winter story of how Stella shows her little brother everything there is to know about snow.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

While adults make preparations for snow, children wait in eager anticipation for the last snowfall of the season.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Without words but full of wonder, this is a story of a little boy who builds a snowman that comes alive.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

Enchanting blue and white illustrations set the tone for this winter story of an unexpected friendship.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


Christmas is… by Karen Sapp

The joys of the holiday season are summed up in this simple but cheerful book.

Suitable for ages 0 – 3


Celebrate Christmas:  With Carols, presents and peace by Deborah Heiligman

Published by National Geographic, captivating pictures and lively text show young readers the history of the Christmas holiday.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, this classic captures the magic that the first snow fall brings.

Suitable for ages 3 – 6