What is the TRUE spirit of Christmas?
If you are an educator or a parent like me – and looking for some seasonal stories that can inspire kids to think about what Christmas is really all about – you’ve come to the right place!
Today you will find an incredible list of kids Christmas books that focus on spreading kindness and love and the true spirit of Christmas.
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Christmas Books About Kindness and Love
When I created this list, I really wanted to stay away from books that focused on gift-giving – and instead find those that shared stories of simple expressions of kindness and love. That being said, some of these books involve gift-giving, but ALL of them emphasize thoughtful and meaningful gifts.
To help you find appropriate books for your children or students, I’ve divided them up roughly by approximate grade level as a guide. However, some books will be appropriate for other grades/ages – it completely depends on student reading level, group dynamics, and maturity, etc.
Early Elementary Aged Children (Kindergarten to Grade 2)
My all-time favourite Christmas book for kids. A beautifully written and charmingly illustrated story of characters who use leftover scraps of material to make handmade and thoughtful gifts for their loved ones.
Lower Elementary Aged Children (Grades 3-5)
A sweet story and activity book to inspire kids to create gifts from the heart for loved ones that they are unable to see on Christmas day (perfect for kids whose families are separated or divorced) – includes instructions to make an adorable bottle craft filled with hugs and kisses.
Upper Elementary Students (Grade 6-8)
A classic story of kindness and love that all children need to read! This version is adapted for kids ages 11 and up and includes colourful pictures and retains some of Dicken’s beautiful language while being accessible to today’s generation of pre-teens.
An incredibly touching and bittersweet story of a little homeless girl who freezes to death from exposure over the holidays, but who is happy to join her loving grandmother in heaven. It highlights the sad reality of many in need today, and may inspire your child/students to make a difference for those less fortunate in their community.
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