When the Christmas decorations came up from the basement, the one marked “Tree Only” held something unusual, our collection of children’s Christmas books. We place them under the tree, hence their location, and they are a gift every year that we enjoy as a family.
When I was growing up, there were two such books. A beautifully illustrated (Donald Mills art) “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Santa Mouse” by Michael Brown, a delightful tale about Santa’s smallest helper. Oddly, neither of these titles is in the stack for my children.
Carrying on a love of furry creatures, though, I want to recommend three stories; one very new, one not so old, and one quite old indeed.
First, Merry Christmas Curious George based on Magret and H.A. Rey‘s character. This is always the first one my boys ask to hear. George goes tree hunting with the Man in the Yellow Hat and some how come to mischief in a children’s hospital. Always a modern classic.
Second, Mousekin’s Christmas Eve by Edna Miller. After the family moves out, Mousekin finds he must go too in order to survive. He travels through all sorts of dangers outdoors but eventually finds an inviting, warm haven in a hand carved nativity set.
Third, The Friendly Beasts: an Old English Christmas Carol illustrated by Tomie dePaola, of Stega Nona fame. The music to the carol is included at the end. However, it is the olde time art work along side the poetry describing what each animal gives to the Christ child that makes this a heart warming rendition of the song.
Soon I’ll be posting about a new holiday favorite, (who doesn’t delight in the antics of Christmas kittens?). Meanwhile, I would love to hear what some of your favorite children’s books for the season are.
Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).