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Staff Picks: Favorite Christmas Read-Alouds

Most of us have wrapped up community days and are turning our hearts toward Advent. It's a perfect time to cuddle around the fire as a family and share hot chocolate and good books. Here at Classical Conversations, we have compiled a few staff favorites for kids of all ages. Be sure to grab a few picture books for the little ones. Don't neglect the middles and the older children. That's an excellent opportunity for them to join you in being the readers. We hope that you enjoy special times together celebrating the coming of our Savior.


For Little Ones (and beyond)

  • “The Tale of the Three Trees” by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • “One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham
  • “You Are Special” by Max Lucado
  • “Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect” by Richard H. Schneider
  • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson
  • “The Littlest Angel” by Charles Tazewell
  • "Baboushka and the Three Kings” by Ruth Robbins and Nicolas Sidjakov
  • "Where Is Christmas, Jesse Bear?" by Nancy White Carlstrom and Bruce Degen
  • “The Christmas Day Kitten” by James Herriot
  • "Cootie McKay's Nativity" by Todd Wilson
  • “The Crippled Lamb” by Max Lucado
  • “Too Many Tamales” by Gary Soto
  • “Ollie's Ski Trip” by Elsa Beskow
  • “Christmas Trolls” by Jan Brett
  • “Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?” by Jan Brett
  • “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams
  • “The Best Thing About Christmas" a Happy Day Book
  • “Santa Are You for Real?” by Harold Myra
  • “Silver Packages” by Cynthia Rylant
  • “Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus” by Greg Holder
  • “The Pine Tree Parable” by Liz Curtis Higgs

For The Middle Years (and beyond)

  • “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde
  • “A Certain Small Shepherd” by Rebecca Caudill
  • “Christmas Day in the Morning” by Pearl S. Buck
  • "The Christmas Box" by Richard Paul Evans
  • Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
  • The Little House on the Prairie series
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide
  • "Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas" by Ann Voskamp

For Older Children

  • On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius (with a forward by C. S. Lewis)
  • Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration by James Dobson
  • Little Women (the first two chapters)



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