Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite books to talk about Christmas in the classroom! You probably know that I’m a HUGE proponent for balancing the holidays so that Christmas isn’t your main focus. But, I also understand Christmas can and should be a part of your unit.
Here’s a list of my favorite books for the days you talk about Christmas! I’ve included a link to Amazon, but you can also find many of these at your public library or read aloud on Youtube.
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Eric Carle creates such beautiful illustrations and this book is no different. The farmer in the story has 5 animals (One, Two, Three, Four and Five) and we read as “blankets of white snow” fall on each animal. At the end, he realizes he forgot his special surprise for the animals and hurries to complete it.
This sweet rhyming book is about kids choosing a Christmas tree and decorating it with ornaments. They even invite their loved ones for a “decorating day.” It’s a great book to talk about Christmas traditions! This book is fairly new, but I have loved reading it and adding it to our collection.
Even though this is a board book, it’s perfect for elementary students too. It’s an alphabet book that goes through 26 words about Christmas. It’s also a great book to talk about traditions! This is a great mentor text…students love creating alphabet books. You could also have students write a few sentences for each page, since it only includes the illustration and vocabulary word.
I love this book! The black/white illustrations with hints of red are so unique and beautiful. Ollie hears bells out the window and goes on a special adventure with one of Santa’s reindeer. It’s a must have for any home or classroom library!