How to Create a Christmas Book Basket

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Last year I shared how our family has a growing Christmas tradition of adding to our Christmas Book Basket. I love adding new Christmas books to our box each year. As the kids grow older we had more advanced reading options but also keep our old favorites. Throughout the month of December, we will read through the basket, sitting beside the lit Christmas tree and re-reading our holiday favorites.

Create a Christmas Book Basket

I bought a simple wire basket.

And I keep all of our Christmas books stored in a container like this…

I think pulling them out only for the holidays is a way to keep them special and encourages reading.

Christmas Books to Add to Your Christmas Book Basket

Dream Snow

by Eric Carle

It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream he imagines a snowstorm covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside and places gifts under the tree for his animals, bringing holiday cheer to all.

The Story of Christmas

by Patricia A. Pingry

Here is the story of the Nativity told in 200 words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. From the Annunciation by the angel through Jesus’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the journey of the wise men, the Christmas story is presented in its most traditional form.

The Christmas Magic

by Lauren Thompson

Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the thrum of magic that makes reindeers fly, he spreads the Christmas joy and warmth throughout the world–as he always has — and always will until the end of time.

The Runaway Santa: A Christmas Adventure Story
by Anne Lewis

Bear Stays Up For Christmas
by Karma Wilson

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
by Robert Barry

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree
by Colleen Monroe

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
by Susan Wojciechowski

The Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert

The Story of Holly and Ivy
by Rumer Godden, Barbara Cooney

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse
by Caralyn Buehner

Pick A Pine Tree
by Patricia Toht

A Baby Born in Bethlehem
by Martha Whitmore Hickman

Apple Tree Christmas
by Trinka Hakes Noble

The Christmas Fox
by Anik McGrory

The Little Fir Tree
by Margaret Wise Brown

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

One Starry Night
by Lauren Thompson

The Night Before Christmas
by Charles Santore

The Nutcracker
by Susan Jeffers

Each year we add new books to our collection and each Christmas the kids always love to rediscover the books that have been packed away all year.


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