After compiling her Christmas book selections, Menlo Park children’s librarian Michele Burnham sent along another list of great Christmas-themed books to read to children, chosen by her colleague Angela Haight.
The Little Boy’s Christmas Gift by John Speirs (ages 4-8)
Beautiful medieval-style paintings and a story about both giving and receiving that gives a different twist to the Wise Men story.
The Ox and the Donkey by Gunter Spang (ages 5-8)
A gentle story and lovely, soft illustrations that reweaves a post-Nativity legend.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (ages 4-8)
A simple retelling of the Nativity story for young children illustrated by Diane Goode.
A Possible Tree by Josephine Haskell Aldridge illustrated by Daniel San Souci (ages 5-8)
Christmas Eve in the forest where a small fir tree becomes home to many animals.
The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus (ages 4-8)
Can Christmas really come if cookies don’t have sprinkles?
Jingle Bells by Maryann Kovalski (ages 4-8)
A warm story of a grandmother and her two granddaughters on a trip to the big city, and the sleigh ride that almost went wrong.