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Fiction and Non-fiction Christmas Items for Pre-schoolers - Middle Schoolers
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The Christmas Story
(Ages 3 +) Beautiful paintings and inspiring text make this story of the birth of Jesus one to share again and again. For decades, this classic book has helped children learn the true reason for Christmas. A perfect companion piece is Little People Christmas Story Nativity Scene Playset. Place the angel on the stable. The star lights up to guide the wise men from afar and the tune Away in a Manger plays. Children love retelling the Christmas story through play.

Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
(Ages 4 +) At many churches, "Santa" has read this to children at "breakfast with Santa." Santa goes for a walk in the woods but he becomes and tired falls asleep. When he wakes up, he tells the forest animals he might be too tired to deliver the presents this year. An alarmed fox asks, "Does that mean there won't be a Christmas anymore?" Santa replies, "No, no no...Christmas hasn't got anything to do with me." He tells them about the first Christmas. He concludes, "Love was the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas, and it still is, you know. And this love is far better than any presents I can ever deliver." Re-energized by remembering the story, Santa prepares for delivering presents.

The Night Before Christmas
Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem [originally titled, A Visit from St. Nicholas] has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond (for age 4 +)
Why is there a great big tree in the house?!? And why are all these boxes underneath it? Hey—what is that?!? Where did it come from? Uh-oh. This isn't good. . . . This isn't good at all! In this hilarious follow-up to the ... bestselling picture book, Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond—the Pioneer Woman herself—delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie may not have put a kitty on his Christmas list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages.

The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving
(Age 4 +) This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and tells why we give gifts in remembrance of the greatest gift of all. A modern boy named Nick hears a Santa in a shopping mall telling children a story about the original St. Nick. In the long-ago story, a wealthy boy named Nicholas is moved by the sight of poor children and decides to use his family's wealth to help the needy, starting anonymously with his less-fortunate friends. The modern young Nick is inspired as he---and young readers---understand the joy of giving. A note at the end explains how the story of this early Nicholas might have grown into the Santa Claus of legend. Bright, festive artwork accompanies the text

The Advent Story Book
Ages 4 and up. Benjamin Bear is so impatient for Christmas to come. To help the time pass more quickly, his mother tells him that every day when he opens a door on his Advent calendar she'll tell him a story—twenty-four stories all about another little bear and his long, arduous journey to Bethlehem. The little bear, led by a glittering star, meets many others on his travels across hot deserts, snowy mountains, and through dark, lonely nights. His adventures, filled with acts of heroism and kindness and many small miracles, show him the path to the Christ Child. And by journey's end Benjamin Bear—and all youngsters who share the stories and their simple morals along with him—will understand and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

Legend of the Candy Cane
Ages 4 and up. The history of the candy cane is woven into a story of giving. The child learns that the candy cane can be turned one way to represent a J for Jesus or turned the other way to represent a shepherd's staff for The Good Shepherd, Jesus. The red stripes represent his blood shed for mankind. The book has a CD with a reading of the story, carols, screensaver, and wallpaper plus a candy-cane ornament.
Grades 1-5
Christmas Carols
Audio CD for all ages. Kids know Dasher, Dancer, and the team especially Rudolph, but do they recall many Christmas carols? Enjoy 30 carols including: Joy To The World!; The First Noel; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night! Holy Night!; We Three Kings; Angels We Have Heard On High; O Little Town Of Bethlehem.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Book and CD
Ages 6 and up. The Christmas Miracle is shown by a young boy reaching out to a reclusive woodcarver whose heart was hardened years ago after the death of his beloved wife and child. The boy and his widowed mother hire him to recreate a lost nativity set for them. The kindness of the boy and his mother gradually warm the old man's heart as he carves the nativity set. By Christmas Day, he has experienced the miracle of Christ's love through two people who cared. The beautifully illustrated story takes place in the 1800's. Being considerate and respectful are major elements of this book. The CD adds a special touch to the realistic story. Non-Christians as well as Christians are moved by the transformation of the Scrooge-like character, Jonathan Toomey. Unlike Scrooge, this woodcarver's heart was changed not from fear but kindness.

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
Grades 3-5 for reading but age 4 and up for interest. Release Date: October 1, 2002. Rob wants to get his father something special for Christmas this year -- something that shows how much he really loves him. But it's Christmas Eve, and he doesn't have much money to spend. What could he possibly get? Suddenly, Rob thinks of the best gift of all... Author of nearly a hundred books for children and adults, and winner of both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, Pearl S. Buck has captured the spirit of Christmas in this elegant, heartwarming story about a boy's gift of love. Originally published in 1955, this classic story is now being issued, for the first time ever, as a picture book with glorious full-color art by acclaimed artist Mark Buehner. A welcome addition to everyone's holiday collection, this timeless treasure will bring the true meaning of Christmas to the entire family for generations to come.

The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions by Lisa Whelchel
The author uses over 20 symbols and traditions to help children find the real meaning of Christmas. Short histories of the candy canes, carols, lights, Christmas cards, gift giving, etc. teach appropriate messages in delightful ways. These are reinforced with recipes, activities, and other suggestions for families to share. The ADVENTure of Christmas is a guide for moms concerned that their children are losing sight of Jesus in the midst of the distractions the holiday season brings. Lisa Whelchel was such a mom, but instead of abandoning the traditions of Christmas she rediscovered their original meanings, which were intended to remind people of God’s unfathomable gift. Hanging lights on the house, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree have become opportunities to teach her children about how they relate to Jesus’ birth. With The ADVENTure of Christmas, mothers can redeem what’s been lost from the very symbols that are gentle reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Around the World
Grades 2-5. (from a review at Amazon) "As a third grade teacher, this book was a useful tool in teaching about Christmas Around the World. There are so few good books on this topic, and my students enjoyed the one page synopsis of Christmas for each of the 12 countries discussed. The illustrations are wonderful and vivid. We were able to learn about customs from these countries not usually presented in other books. I would recommend this book to any teacher, parent, or child seeking information about Christmas customs in countries around the world in this enjoyable and fact-filled book." Craft items are more interesting with meaning, e.g. Ethiopian fringed umbrellas, star-shaped Filipino lanterns, Swedish St. Lucia crowns.

A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories
Reading level: Ages 8 and up. Celebrate the holidays with Laura and her family with stories from the beloved Little House books! A Little House Christmas Treasury is made up of six short stories, and one Christmas carol. Each short story features Laura as a young child, except for two which star Almanzo.

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