Curl Up With a Good Book: Part 2

24 12 2009

I don’t have little ones yet (sorry, mom), but from my teaching days, I have quite a few children’s books stored up (sorry, husband), so here are a few of my suggestions.

A modern classic, and from a Southern author to boot, are Jan Karon’s Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift.

Baker’s Dozen is about the term, well, baker’s dozen. Cookies. St. Nick. Generosity. What’s not to love?

For the younger ones, just learning their alphabet, B is for Bethlehem is a picture book, walking through with Christmas-themed pages from A to Z.

If you’ve got little girls, I know I always loved the American Girls series. Each character has a book that takes place at Christmastime, and while proper Samantha from the Victorian era was always my favorite, I loved learning about the different traditions of Kirsten celebrating St. Lucia’s Day, and a few of the girls are from right here in our South. Felicity and Elizabeth hail from Virginia during the Revolutionary period, and Addy is a girl from North Carolina.

Of course, there is nothing more classic than the original Christmas story. Found in the book of Luke, chapter 2 in the Bible, there are many children’s versions of Bible stories that the little ones might enjoy, complete with pictures. Though, I’ve always found, there’s nothing more expansive than a child’s imagination, so sometimes, just reading the words, in the beautiful language can be enough. I can’t imagine what goes through the mind of a small child when he hears, “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host…” 

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