Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Classics for the Classroom

Anyone that knows me, knows that collecting Children's picture books are one of my little peccadilloes. I love a good children's book! I taught in a Christian program for many years and most of my Christmas books were religiously slanted. When I started teaching in a more public setting, I had to broaden my range of Christmas lit to include mostly "seasonal" or "commercial" Christmas themes. I thought I would share some of the fun books we've been enjoying this season.

Jan Brett

The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Beautifully illustrated in the classic Jan Brett style, this is a story about a little girl helping to train the wild reindeer for Santa. It's a great story about cooperation and treating others kindly.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Christmas Trolls 
A cute story about a young girl teaching a couple of trolls about the spirit of giving at Christmas.
Christmas Trolls

Who's That Knocking On Christmas Eve?
A boy and his polar bear stop by a friend's house on Christmas Eve to help rid her of the trolls stealing her Christmas treats.

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

The Night Before Christmas

The classic story by Clement C. Moore, with Jan Brett's beautiful illustrations.

The Night Before Christmas

 And a few favorites by other authors:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Classic Dr. Suess---no Christmas would be complete without it!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Snowmen at Christmas 
The snowmen are back, celebrating Christmas in this fun rhyming book with beautiful illustrations.

Snowmen at Christmas 

Merry Christmas Strega Nona  
Strega Nona and her trusty sidekick, Big Anthony are back and working hard to make Christmas special for their little town. 

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (Voyager Books) 

This is a fun book about a father moose who remembers everything, except the Christmas tree!

MOOSELTOE [ First edition ]

The Polar Express
We read the book then, later in the week, we watch the movie in our pjs and drink hot cocoa. I always give the kids a silver sleigh bell to help them remember the magic!

The Polar Express

Happy reading around the Christmas tree!


  1. "The Night Before Christmas" and "The Polar Express" are the only books I recognize here Ayn ... clearly I need to investigate the rest, they look wonderful!
    Donna :) :)


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