What child doesn't love to curl up with Mom or Dad in an overstuffed chair by a roaring fire and read a special Christmas story?  Here are some recommended titles your children—from little ones to school ages--may enjoy this holiday season….


All Is Well:  The Miracle of Christmas in July
Author:       Frank Peretti
Illustrator:  Gary Glover
Publisher:  Integrity Publishers
Young Daniel's father died last Christmas.  And now Daniel and his mother Ruth are struggling to make ends meet.  When Daniel tries to sell his family's old junk to his neighbors so he can raise money, he finds out why "all is well" in an old box of Christmas ornaments.  Through the story of Daniel and his mother, best-selling author Frank Peretti reminds kids of all ages that we should celebrate Christmas all year long. 

Annika's Secret Wish
Author:       Beverly Lewis
Illustrator:  Pamela Querin
Publisher:   Bethany Backyard
Help your children learn the importance of giving through noted author Beverly Lewis' tale of Annika.  Each Christmas Eve as part of a Swedish tradition, young Annika wishes to find an almond in her rice pudding so that she may wish for something she has wanted—a new pair of snowshoes or perhaps a mountain of truffles.  This year her spoon clinks against something in her dish, but Annika must make a decision that could lead to a Christmas miracle.

Christmas Is…for Me
Author:       Christine Tangvald
Illustrator:   Tony Griego
Publisher:   Bethany Backyard

The youngest readers will learn how Christmas traditions relate to the birth of Jesus in Christine Tangvald's and Tony Griego's colorful, soft-cover book that uses the rebus format to make important concepts easy to understand.  Colorful pictures help teach new words and facts about many symbols Christians use at Christmastime when God gave us Jesus, the best present of all.

Lift the Flap Nativity
Author:      Allia Zobel-Nolan
Illustrator: Tracey Moroney
Publisher:  Standard Publishing
Three-to-five year olds will love the activity of flipping the flaps and seeing what lies beneath!  Different scenes from the nativity will greet them underneath each flap on every colorfully illustrated page depicting the Lord's birth.  Simple wording and Scripture verses will bring the story of Christmas alive for your little ones.

Once Upon a Christmas Tree
Author:      William Goetz
Publisher: Christian Publications
This is a great collection of stories for grandparents and parents to read to elementary school-aged children.  The "ABC steps to Salvation" are clearly presented, as are suggestions for Advent and family devotions.  Celebrate Christmas and the gift of salvation by reading Once Upon a Christmas Tree.