Introduce Your Young Readers to the Christmas Beauty of These Picture Books on the Nativity.
As Christmas nears, there are many parents who struggle each year, balancing the holy day and holiday aspects of Christmas.
The ho ho ho of Santa and Christmas that starts, oh, around Halloween, with its frenzied blitz of advertising that appears in stores and media, can be harder each year to sidestep for families that long to emphasize the more profound aspects of Christmas.
So, I thought it would be a good idea for The Snuggery to search out what I consider some classic reads with beautiful illustrations from folk art renditions, to one in particular, that uses master works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to portray the story of the Nativity.
Some are full-size picture books and some are board books that can stand up to many readings, with sometimes not so gentle handling.
These stories and their common themes, some of which reach across cultural divides, each in their own unique narration and art, tell the ancient miracle of the great gift of Christmas, when the divine becomes human, in a unique and child-accessible way.
They use both human and sometimes animal witnesses to an event occurring over 2,000 years ago, that continues to resonate in today’s ever more secular society.
You may want to include some in your child’s own library and save to read on Christmas Eve.
Classic Nativity Picture Books:
The Christmas Story – The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Friendly Beasts – Tomie de Paola
The First Christmas – Jan Pienkowski
The Christmas Story (Little Golden Books) Jane Werner Watson and Eloise Wilkin
The Little Drummer Boy – Ezra Jack Keats
The Story of Christmas – Pamela Dalton
A Night of Great Joy – Mary Englebreit
A Small Miracle – Peter Collington A modern parable told through a wordless picture book. It is unforgettable! A not to be missed gem of a telling.
The Other Wise Man – Henry Van Dyke; illustrator Robert Barrett
The Christmas Cat – Maryann MacDonald; illustrator Amy Bates
Room for a Little One – Martin Waddell: illustrator Jason Cockscroft
Nativity – Cynthia Rylant
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charles Schultz
Who is Coming to Our House? – Joseph Slate; illustrator Ashley Wolff
The Christmas Story – Robert Sabuda
Joy to the World: Christmas Stories and Songs – Tomie de Paola
Christmas in the Barn – Margaret Wise Brown
The Nativity Story – Geraldine McCaughrean;illustrations by Sophy Williams
The Nativity Play – Nick Butterworth and Mick Ingpen
Christmas Stories – Michael Morpurgo
I have also included a link at the bottom of the blog which includes, perhaps, some I have mentioned, but other nativity reads as well.
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