Our Favorite Nature-Themed Christmas Books
The Winter Solstice is coming next week, and Christmas will be right behind it, as always. The two are linked so inextricably in my mind, bringing literally the promise of new light and the return of the sun. I love to study the seasons with my son, taking note of the changes in the world around us and celebrating them. The return of the sun is what will keep us going through the still dark and a cold months ahead.
Celebrating the return of the sun while also drawing inward and celebrating home and family are some of the things I mention in my Welcoming and Celebrating the Winter Solstice post. Check it out for ideas to celebrate the season!
Of course, we also love to celebrate with books! Below is a list of our favorite books about the Christmas season for all ages, from picture books to chapter book read-alouds, that we can read over and over again and are beautiful additions to any library.
Also take a look at my Our Favorite Winter Themed Nature Study Books post for more books specific to celebrating Winter!
Night Tree, by Eve Bunting
This calm and enchanting story is of a family and their yearly tradition of heading out to the woods near town on Christmas Eve to find "their tree" to decorate it with edible ornaments for the local wildlife. They then sit and enjoy hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols before leaving the woods to allow the animals to come forward and enjoy their feast.
The Message of the Birds, by Kate Westerlund
This delightfully told and illustrated story is of the birds telling and passing on to one another the story of the birth of Christ, and eventually passing it on to the children of the world. "Let there be Peace on Earth!"