My 2021 Christmas Booklist

Books make great gifts and add to the enjoyment of any celebration season. There’s something for every family on this Christmas list, I promise.

Board Books

The Christmas Quest, by Janet Surette. The truth about the wise men presented in lively rhyme. Did they really follow the star across the desert to Bethlehem’s stable? A good choice to add to your holiday bookshelf, for both preschool and younger elementary kids (and grownups too).      (B&H Kids, 2021)

Shh … Baby Jesus Is Sleeping, by Lisa Tawn Bergren. Animal mamas settle their little ones down so they won’t disturb the baby sleeping in their midst—until He wakes and the shepherds pay a visit. One line toward the end of the book is problematic, but this is an otherwise good choice to help younger children begin to grasp the joy of Christmas. (Waterbrook, 2021)

I Can Count to Christmas! by the B&H editorial staff. This simplest of counting books introduces little ones to the nativity and provides die-cut tracks tracing the numbers from 1 to 10 with a finger. (B&H Kids, 2021).

Picture Books

The Christmas Promise, by Alison Mitchell. God promised a to send a New King, a Rescuing King, a Forever King, and God kept that promise when He sent us Jesus. (The Good Book Company, 2014)

God Gave Us Christmas, by Lisa Tawn Bergren. When Little Cub asks if Santa invented Christmas, Mama takes him on a journey to learn that God gave us Christmas when He sent the Light of the World, the King of all kings, and the bright Morning Star—Jesus, God’s gift to all. (Waterbrook, 2006)

Dachshund Through the Snow, by Michelle Medlock Adams. A teeny dachshund named Crosby helps Santa out in this story about competition and confidence and learns that the size of your stature is not the measure of your heart. (End Game Press, 2021).

Little Pilgrim’s Progress, by Helen Taylor. Previous versions of this adaptation of John Bunyans’ 1678 Pilgrim’s Progress have sold more than 800,000 copies. This new gift book edition features illustrations by Joe Sutphin throughout. I bought this one for myself this year! (Moody Publishers, 2021).


’Twas the Season of Advent, by Glenys Nellist. Advent is for waiting, but also for adventure! Day by day from December 1 to Christmas Day, the biblical Christmas story unfolds for children with a devotional reading, a prayer, and enchanting illustrations. Some literary license taken here and there. (Zonderkidz, 2021)

Simply Christmas, by Tama Fortner. This one’s for busy moms with busy families, with quick-to-read encouraging devotions and the author’s own proven tips for calmer, more joyful celebrations. (Ink & Willow, 2021)

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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