We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Here are a few books to consider for the young readers in your life. Check back next Friday for part two of our recommendations.
A Meaningful Christmas: A 24 Day Family Devotional
By Carrie Rogers and Brittney Poe, available from ameaningfulfamily.com
This simple but wonderful devotional is SUPER kid friendly. You can go in with a group and make an ornament to correspond with every day in Advent but even on its own it is a great way to engage your kids in Advent. We enjoy the quick verse, explanation, and questions together. Recommended by Stacy Roseberry.
Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas
By Antonie Schneider, for ages 2-10
Each night a mother bear and her little bear read a daily story about another bear’s journey to Bethlehem. Every night this little bear meets a new creature also on their way to the Bethlehem. Each adventure is filled with acts of kindness and heroism that teach children simple morals and prepare them to celebrate Christmas. Recommend by Valerie Kirkley.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
By Sally Lloyd-Jones, for ages 3-10
Our family reads the first 24 stories from The Jesus Story Book Bible each night in December. It’s beautifully written and the subtitle is true: every story whispers His name. I love reading it for Advent with the kids because it helps them see why we needed Jesus to come near. Recommended by Jessica Denney.
Who is Coming to Our House?
By Joseph Slate, for ages 1-3
This board book tells the story of one little mouse coaxing all the other animals to prepare their barn for the arrival of Mary and Joseph. It communicates the heart of the Advent message: prepare for the coming of Jesus. Baby Jesus appears on the last page surrounded by adoring animals. It’s not a devotional but I have read it on request every day this month. Recommended by Amy Flickinger.