For the Littlest Ones
Welcome, Baby Jesus - a little board book that's just perfect for Silas (who is 2 and a bit) as he sits on the hearth of the fireplace.
Biscuit's Pet and Play Christmas - a touch and feel board book which Blake, our 17 month-old grandson loves right now.
Who is Coming to Our House? - the animals in the barn clean the barn and prepare for mysterious special guests in this quiet and lyrical story of the first Christmas, a favourite of Samuel, our 19 month-old grandson.
Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas - a Sesame Street re-telling of the Christmas carol.
God Gave Us Christmas - Little Cub asks Mama who gave us Christmas so they go on a journey to discover God and the answers to more questions like 'Is God more important than Santa?' I love this for its answers to many questions that come up as children get older and families focus on the real reason for Christmas.
Bearnstain Bears Christmas Tree - as Papa searches for the biggest and best tree, there are many mishaps along the way. This is also available as a video.
Humphrey's First Christmas - told from the perspective of a camel, this shares the Wise Man's journey and the meaning of giving gifts. Meadow and I enjoyed it together recently.
The Sweet Smell of Christmas - a Golden scratch and sniff book (there are 6 scents inside) which is a favourite of Helayna's right now. What kid doesn't love scratch and sniff books?!
And for every adult: William Kureluk's "A Northern Nativity", which is written as a series of 12 reflections on where the Christ Child might have been born if He came now. The cover illustration shows Him in an igloo and others include a granary, a truck stop, a city mission and a fisherman's hut. I have used some of the readings at Christmas gatherings and they were well received. This is a beautifully written and very thought-provoking book - one that should be in every home, I think.