It’s almost Christmas and if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet you probably are planning to do it soon! In our home it has become a tradition to give each child a book for Christmas, besides a few other presents.
We don’t overdo the presents under the tree since we’ve already celebrated Saint Nicholas Day on December 5th this year. So they already got their Lego’s, Playmobil and some other toys… For Christmas we basically stick to: “Something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read.”
For the older kids I often choose books they can read themselves, for the youngest I love to pick beautiful picture books, especially ones that have a heartwarming message. And what’s better than reading books aloud to your children that will affirm their feelings of being loved, and boost their self-esteem? I’ve listed a few that have captured my heart!
Just in case you ever wonder
Long, long ago God made a decision
— a very important decision…
one that I’m really glad He made.
He made the decision to make you.
The same hands that made the stars made you.
The same hands that made the canyons made you.
The same hands that made the trees and the moon and the sun made you.
That’s why you are so special. God made you.
The minute I read these first lines I knew: this book I want for my (then four year old) boy. And we’ve read it over and over – he is seven now, and it’s still his favorite book! The author Max Lucado truly does a great job in making a little child feel very special, and also very secure and safe. He perfectly captures the love parents have for their children – and even better, the love God has for them. You can buy it on Amazon: Just in case you ever wonder.
Guess how much I love you
This book is one of my three year old’s current favorites. It’s bedtime for Little Nutbrown Hare, but not before he and his father Big Nutbrown Hare try to tell each other how much they love one another. A beautiful, endearing picture book to read before bedtime written by Sam McBratney. You can order it here: Guess how much I love you.
I love you to the moon and back
A sweet picture book by Amelia Hepworth about a bear and a cub starting their day together, playing together and showing their love for one another. It’s a rhyme that will easily stick to a young child’s mind and they will want to hear it again and again! Order it on Amazon: I love you to the moon and back.
You are special
Another beautiful book by Max Lucado. This one is geared towards children that are a little bit older and know what it feels like to be judged by others. It tells the story of Punchinello, the wooden Wemmick who believes that he isn’t good enough because of what others say about him. But one day he meets Lucia, and she doesn’t seem to be affected by what all the others think… How is that possible? You are special reminds us that we are precious to God just the way we are!
Love you forever
I already blogged about this endearing children’s book, written by Robert Munsch. The book is easy to read, and the repetition of lines on each page makes it a joy to read with little children. And while reading you will certainly be reminded of how quickly they will grow up – and right then and there you’ll feel the urge to pick them up, and rock them back and forth, back and forth… And tell them again how much you love them. How much you like them. That no matter what they do, or how old they are, they will still be your babies…
You can order it here: Love you forever.
Do you have similar children’s books to add to this list? I would love to read about them!