5 Recommended Christmas Books for Children

1.  The Lightlings by R.C. Sproullig04_book_3d_web1.jpg   **PERSONAL FAVORITE**

Not everyone is afraid of the dark.  Some are afraid of the light.  This is a great allegorical tale that weaves together the biblical story of redemption in a memorable way that will fascinate children of all ages.  It also includes a discussion guide for parents with Scripture references in the back to get at the deeper meaning of the story.  I highly recommend it.

2. One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham45be228348a022e024d61110_aa240_l2.jpg

Through his death and resurrection, the baby born that night in Bethlehem had become Lord of all.  This is the real meaning of Christmas, the joy and glory of it!  As a little boy is caught alone in a snowstorm, he finds safety in an old cabin owned by a woman who cares for his badly swollen ankle as she tells him the Christmas story.  In this unique version of the Christmas story, Ruth Graham tells the whole story behind the story starting with creation and concluding with the resurrection.

3. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs61na4hp66bl_bo2204203200_pisitb-dp-500-arrowtopright45-64_ou01_aa240_sh20_1.jpg

After nurturing tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees, a farmer begins selling them--all except the biggest one, which the farmer's wife sets aside for her own family. But when a penniless young girl sets her sights on that magnificent tree, the farmer's wife learns the true meaning of Christmas. After 10 years, this endearing parable has touched children everywhere! Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

4. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg615wvkb2sml_bo2204203200_pisitb-dp-500-arrowtopright45-64_ou01_aa240_sh20_1.jpg

This is a timeless tale that will help families celebrate the mystery and the meaning of Christmas by looking at not just the candy cane, but the cross.  Here's one snippet: But Mr. Sonneman, what are the stripes for?  Lucy asked.  The man's eyes grew sad.  The prophet Isaiah said, 'By his stripes we are healed.'  Before he died on the cross, Jesus was whipped.  He bled terribly.  The red reminds us of his suffering and his blood.

5. Christmas Carols for a Kid's Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Erickson Tada15813462631.jpg

No other time of the year is filled with as much excitement and gleeful expectancy as Christmas, and no one seems to enjoy the season more than children.  Christmas is a time of making memories.  And musical memories are one of the most precious gifts we can give the children we love.  Along with many stories from the Bible, there are devotionals as well as a CD of songs included.

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How about you?  Would you add any others to the list?