Because I think I know so much, I’d like to show you some fabulous Christmas books that are big favorites around these parts. Now, because I’m terrifically old, some of these books may take some focus to find. But if you’re interested…I’ll try to help.
1. “Silver Packages” by Cynthia Rylant
Daney-boy’s favorite. An Appalachian story of how kindness can change lives.
Really old and really worth the search. It’s one of those stories about taking care of each other that they just don’t write anymore.
3. “Dance in the Desert” by Madeleine L’engle
A mother, a husband, and a young son join a caravan to help them cross the desert to Egypt. If this book had no words–the illustrations are worth the read.
4. This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar
Along the lines of the “House That Jack Built” in composition. But the illustrations by Gary Blythe (Whale’s Song) are frame worthy. Seriously.
5. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
Mine came with an audio CD which is fun, but I would miss the illustrations. Very moving, healing book.
All I know is that my grown-up kids still love to read and laugh at this one. We’ve nearly worn our copy out. You’ll have to get this one from the library–or borrow mine. It has gone into the mysterious realm of “collectibles.”
7. “One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham
Written by Billy Graham’s wife. Take a few evenings to enjoy this one. They even made Christmas cards out of some of these. She begins the Christmas story from the creation of the world. Wonderful, perfect approach.
8. Countdown to Christmas by Bill Peet
Just silly enough to be a yearly family favorite. How can you beat a timeless line like, “A cool Christmas to all and a groovy New Year!” The library should have it.
9. The Christmas Carol by Lewis Carol
This is a great way to get your kids hooked on a classic. The illustrations–again–are worth the price. Just read it.
10. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
We still love this one—couldn’t stand the movie–but the book remains one of our top favorites.
As you can see–I personally have a severe possession problem. But all you healthy people can most likely check these out at the library. That should keep your bedtimes busy until just about Christmas Eve. Woohoo!
Praying for snow…