Christmas and Winter books

Christmas stories are a special part of the holiday season. Here are some of our favorites.

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Who is Coming to Our House?

This is a Christmas book we enjoy reading all year. The illustrations are absolutely stunning. All of the animals in the stable are preparing for Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, whom they welcome to their house. Our kids like identifying the different animals, and I appreciate the lilting rhyme.

One Night In Bethlehem

This touch-and-feel book was great for our babies. It is a sweet little nativity story with different textures and a message about celebrating Jesus’ birthday.


Bear Stays Up for Christmas

With the same rhythm, illustrations, and characters that makes Bear Snores On so lovable, this Christmas book is an enjoyable one to read. I appreciate its focus on friendship and giving.


Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

Both of my kids are enchanted by this simple Christmas book. The anthem is the title: each animal is welcomed by the ox, and then, Jesus is, too.


The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

I read this book for the first time this year, and found myself crying the entire way through. It is a story of love between a small, poor family, the meaning of sacrifice, the joy of giving, the wonder of the season.


Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House Picture Book)

Along with Winter Days in the Big Woods and Dance at Grandpa’s, this little story is one the kids love to look at. Each celebrate winter in simpler times and is a great introduction to the Laura Ingles Wilder books for little ones.


The Snowy Day

This classic was recently added to our book shelf, and I’m so glad. Peter’s snow-day adventures make for a great read! Also, if interested, Amazon Prime has a short movie based on the book, one that we thoroughly enjoyed watching together!



Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

I’m a huge fan of teaching poetry to children, and this book is a great way to do it. The simple illustrations are set to Robert Frost’s revered poem and is a magical read for children and parents alike.



Over and Under the Snow – Paperback

Over and Under the Snow

I just purchased this book for the kids because it is so beautiful, yet educational. While it is not a Christmas book, children will be delighted by the snowy scenes and enjoy it well into the new year. This book takes a look at what’s happening in winter, as the title suggests, over and under the snow, as a little child skis through the woods with her father.



Winter Dance

We bought this sweet book for Lucy as an Advent gift. It is absolutely gorgeous. Protagonist Fox looks to his friends to find out how to prepare for winter. Kids learn about the winter habits of caterpillars, turtles, and other animals, and ultimately what the fox does amid the snow: dance.



See more of our favorite books on our children’s books page.