Beyond A Christmas Carol, what are your favorite Christmas books? My last post on Bellwether reminded me to pull out a few of my other favorites by Willis, and that pushed the snowball off the ledge and down the hill. Here, in no particular order, are my favorite Christmas books.
I love Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We read this every year, and my kids can recite whole handfuls of lines. It has one of the best first lines ever: “The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.” It’s only six chapters (1 hour, 52 min on audible) and one of our favorite traditions.
Connie Willis loves Christmas. She has two collections of Christmas stories, Miracle and Other Christmas Stories and A Lot Like Christmas, and they’re both great. There are some repeats between the two books, but it’s worth checking them both out. My favorite short stories in these collections are Newsletter, All About Emily (about a robot who wants to be a Rockette), All Seated on the Ground, and Adaptation.
All Seated on the Ground is a novella (included in A Lot Like Christmas, above, or available on its own) about that Christmas when the aliens landed in Denver and we couldn’t figure out how to communicate with them. This books is hilarious.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I had to mention it here, because of that great first line: “Marley was dead: to begin with.” The recording by Patrick Stewart is especially great.
Dr. Seuss stole my Christmasy heart with this one. And if you’re a scientist (or not), you might enjoy this short video on the anatomy behind the Grinch’s amazing transformation.
What are your favorite Christmas books? Please share in the comments!