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My favorite picture book is The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Berger.  It has gorgeous illustrations and a vibe of both Catholic and Waldorf.  

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For kids I guess? I want to read one each night with my 10 year old DD and 17 year old DS. It’s been a really difficult year here and I’m looking for some joy. 

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6 minutes ago, hippiemamato3 said:

For kids I guess? I want to read one each night with my 10 year old DD and 17 year old DS. It’s been a really difficult year here and I’m looking for some joy. 

LOL, I guess I should have figured that if you want to read one a day. But then, for all I know, you are able to read a book a day!

I think 10 is the perfect age for that book. 17 year old boy will likely find it too sweet and girlish.  Well, I'm saying that based on my boy, LOL.  It's about an orphan girl and a doll...  

Don't forget Dickens A Christmas Carol, though that may take more than one night. The audio by Jim Dale is fantastic. 

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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett

The Reindeer Wish & The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert

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Hands down, our family's top 2 Christmas books:
Christmas Every Day  (Howells) -- it looks like this version has several more stories in it as well
Father Christmas Letters (Tolkien) -- you can read a letter a day; some other editions are abridged, so that's why I recommend the linked edition

Slightly longer books (so, they may take several sittings) that would work well with your tweens and teen:
The Thirteen Days of Christmas (Overton)
 The Miracle on 34th Street (Davies)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Smith) -- set at Christmas

And some picture books that are well loved here, even when DSs were teens:
The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons (Sawyer)
The Christmas Knight (Curry)
A Small Miracle (Collington)
Trouble at Christmas (Johnson)
Christmas Trolls (Brett)

Rhyming or Poems:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Suess)
When It Snowed That Night (Faber)

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Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones.

Wenceslas by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barabara Cooney

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by PJ Lynch

Corgiville Christmas by Tasha Tudor

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, illustrated by PJ Lynch

Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti, narrative adaptation by Frances Frost, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. Listen to the music sometime too! 

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.

James Herriot's The Christmas Day Kitten.

Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin.

Another vote for Holly and Ivy, On Christmas Day in the Morning, and The Father Christmas Letters! Those are all faves here.

We always read The Grinch and some Jan Brett books. A nicely illustrated edition of A Christmas Carol by Dickens is good to read, though it is too long for one sitting in my family.

Patricia Polacco has several nice Christmas books. 

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Here are our favorites:
The Jolly Christmas Postman
The Birds' Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Horrible Histories Big Fat Christmas Book
The Shortest Day Of The Year (Solstice, not Christmas)
The Grinch
Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus
It's Christmas!  By Jack Preleutsky
Olive, The Other Reindeer
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 

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It’s out of print, but you can find it used...The Mysterious Star by Joanne Marxhausen. I have my original copy from the 1970’s. It’s a really sweet story and the illustrations show a very diverse community. 

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Some that people have mentioned already - The Christmas Day Kitten, A Christmas Memory, Listen Said the Donkey

On Christmas Eve - Margaret Wise Brown

A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas

The First Christmas - Jan Pienkowski

The Huron Carol - illus by Frances Tyrrell

The Tailor of Gloucester

Snowmen at Christmas

The Shepherd - Frederick Forsyth (more for an older child)

The Snowman (or the video maybe is even better)

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

The CHristmas Cat (Efna Tudor Holmes)

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The Christmas Miracle of Johnathon Toomey,  A Child's Christmas in Wales plus The Tailor of Gloucester are must-reads for our family each year.

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I think these have been suggested, but they are all so good, I'm mentioning them again.

A Small Miracle (Collington)
The Christmas Miracle of Johnathan Toomey
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
An Orange for Frankie
Cranberry Christmas

And I don't think I saw this one mentioned yet.

Humphrey's First Christmas

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1 hour ago, barnwife said:

I think these have been suggested, but they are all so good, I'm mentioning them again.

A Small Miracle (Collington)
The Christmas Miracle of Johnathan Toomey
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
An Orange for Frankie
Cranberry Christmas

And I don't think I saw this one mentioned yet.

Humphrey's First Christmas

Cranberry Christmas was the first one I purchased!

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"You Are Special"by Max Lucado is one of our favorites. It's theme is clearly spiritual and refers to a "maker" but there are no overt references to God.

For secular books, we still love "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".

 

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There are several Advent books with a daily story.  The first one is Jotham's Journey.  All three by that author are set in Jesus' birth time and place.  My three kids loved them.

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