Friday, December 08, 2017

Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

'Tis the season to get out your favorite Christmas books!
Here is a list of ten Christmas books that kids absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources to go with each one!
Favorite Christmas books for kids! Featuring popular books and classroom activities to go with How to Catch Santa, The Polar Express, The Gingerbread Man, Olive the Other Reindeer, Mooseltoe, Snowmen at Christmas, Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas, and more!

HOW TO CATCH SANTA
This fun book by Jean Reagan has children planning out ways to catch Santa on Christmas eve. My activity pack explores the book and includes planning pages where students can devise their own ways they would try to catch Santa! Find it {here}

OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER
 Olive the dog hears a line from a Christmas song 'all of the other reindeer' and thinks it's 'Olive the other reindeer'. She becomes Santa's helper and saves Christmas! Find the book study pack {here}


THE POLAR EXPRESS
This Christmas classic is written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a Caldecott Medal award winner, and has been translated into stage productions and a movie.
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}


MRS. WISHY-WASHY'S CHRISTMAS
We LOVE Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and this adorable book features Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her animal friends...all about making mistakes, being sorry, receiving forgiveness, and showing love. The spirit of Christmas at its best!
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
There are so many versions of this story! I love this one by Eric A. Kimmel- it has fun characters, and a refrain that students love to chant together.
Classroom activities that go along with ANY Gingerbread Man book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL
 Your students will LOVE the adventures of the Gingerbread Man as he searches the school trying to find the class of children who created him. In my activity pack, students will design a MISSING poster! Find the book study {here}

THE GINGERBREAD GIRL
Kids love how the Gingerbread Girl outsmarts the fox and escapes the fate of her brother. Lots of activities to go with this book can be found {here}

MOOSELTOE
 This fun Christmas story is about a father moose who works very hard to make Christmas 'perfectly perfect' for his family, but he forgets to get something very important! He saves the day thanks to his giant 'moostache' and antlers!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS
 Similar to Snowmen at Night, this book leads its readers to imagine what snowmen do at Christmas time!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE CRIPPLED LAMB
 Joshua the lamb has a crippled leg, and can't follow the other sheep to the pasture. He heads back to the stable for the night, where he witnesses a wonderful scene...that he would have missed had his leg been healthy. This book study is found {here}

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