As in previous years, I’ve compiled a list of the latest Christmas books I’ve discovered. This year, they’re all children’s books, but I think even older audiences will find them fun. Happy reading, and Merry Christmas!
Patricia Polacco’s Christmas Tapestry is a touching story that highlights the wonders of God’s designs as he uses people, places, and events to bring about his will.
On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Nancy Edwards Calder is a beautiful word picture, even though it isn’t strictly speaking a poem. Brown details a brief scene on Christmas Eve as curious children tiptoe through their house. Her descriptions are well-chosen and breathe life into the scene, and in this book, the words enhance the story even more than the pictures.
An unusual type of picture book, The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda contains some amazing pop-ups accompanying paraphrased Nativity passages (see the featured image of this post for an example of one of the illustrations).
Robert Frost’s famous winter poem comes to life with Susan Jeffers’ lovely illustrations in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. While some people might argue that pictures are superfluous because of the descriptive nature of poetry, I think artwork like Susan Jeffers’ in this picture book enhances the poem and offers a new viewpoint on how one might imagine the scenes the poem portrays.
In A Northern Nativity by William Kurelek, 12-year-old William dreams of what it would be like if the Holy Family came here and now (in the 1930s). Would people recognize Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and if so, would strangers welcome them or refuse to help them? By placing the Holy Family in unexpected contexts across North America, Kurelek teaches his audience about Christ and the Bible. He also reminds readers of the far-reaching extent of Christmas and the good news it proclaims to all people of every race in every time and place.