12/7/10

The Best Christmas Book Recommendation Ever

This book is one of the highlights of our Christmas season each year. My daughter loved it when she was little, and now for the third year in a row Shark Boy is nearly in tears from laughter as I read him one chapter each night.


It is the story of the horrible Herdman kids and how they end up in the church Christmas pageant, which sounds like standard fare but trust me, it is hilarious. It begins like this:


The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the Lord's name in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse.


By the time I finish this spectacular opening paragraph, my kids are on the floor - they LOVE it. The book has a great message about the meaning of Christmas, and it is just so much fun.


We also have a St. Nicholas book (St. Nicholas leaves chocolate coins in my kids shoes on December 6th, his feast day), a couple of preschool level nativity stories, and Twas the Night Before Christmas of course, but I'd like to expand our selection. I am going to order this book to start.

What other Christmas books do you read with your kids?

15 comments:

de said...

I'll have to see if I can find this one!

My daughter loves A Cobtown Christmas. It's the diary of a girl called Lucky Hart.

Jessica Miller Kelley said...

Kate's two favorites this year (i.e. the last few days) are The Little Drummer Boy (just the lyrics to the song and beautiful artwork) and "The Latke who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story" by Lemony Snicket. It's really more of a Hanukah story, as the latke is frustrated that the lights and candy canes and trees he meets are trying to co-opt him into Christmas. It's wacky and silly.

Matt and my tradition is to listen to the audio book of David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" on our drive to either parents' house on Christmas Eve/Day. It cracks us up!

Burgh Baby said...

I. Love. That. Movie. The book is good, but I really love the movie. A lot.

Meadowlark said...

The littlest angel. I blubber every time I read it. So it's probably better for kids who are old enough to say "it'll be OK mom, really". They can be so sweet!

Amy said...

de - It's very cheap on Amazon - worth way more than the price!

Jessica - I'm going to iTunes The Santaland Diaries - thanks for the tip!

Burgh Baby - We've never seen the movie. I'm always afraid they've ruined my book - but perhaps this one is worth a try!

Meadowlark - I cry at the end too!! ACK it's so awesome...

Meredith said...

My father just got my children the book - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: L. Frank Baum (Author) it has the most beautiful illustrations and my daughter just loves it. We have been reading a few "chapters" a night because we have to discuss all of the wonderful illustrations for awhile! I highly suggest - I ordered this book for all of the Children on our list this year. Just beautiful!

Jordana said...

One I particularly love is The Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Pollaco. Though as one distressed Amazon reviewer noted, it does talk some about the Holocaust, so I suppose it might be problematic for some people's Christmas book list.

Basic story: Preacher and son buy beautiful hand embroidered tapestry to cover crumbling wall in their church. On the way home they befriend an old woman at the bus stop. When she sees the tapestry, she recognizes it as her wedding Chuppa. Later when the plasterer comes to fix the wall, he recognizes it as his wedding Chuppa, but he and his wife were separated in WWII concentration camps. The preacher and his family reunite them.

Rima said...

I actually went and ordered this book on Amazon after reading your post. I had forgotten all about it, and it was one of my childhood favorites. Thanks for the reminder!

StyleBlueprint said...

I need a good book for my kids. Will look for this one tonight! THANKS Amy! (Love your picture, also!) Hope all is well,
Liza

Sarahviz said...

Thanks for this blast from the past! I had totally forgotten about this book - am buying it NOW to read to my boyz!

(See you at BlissDom?!)

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

I'll have to check this out for my little niece! :) Thanks for the recommendation!

-Arianna

p.s. I have a little giveaway over at http://www.ariannabelle.blogspot.com

Meredith said...

Andrew and I read the pageant book together this month - so fun!

We have tried to read some of the Tomie de Paola Christmas books with the littler two, Legend of the Poinsettia, Strega Nona Christmas, etc. and we also have an out-of-print pop up Nativity book of his which they love.

I honestly wish there were more beautiful, meaningful Christmas books for small children, though. It is easy to get stuck between cardboard Nativity stories and cartoons.

JCK said...

I know it's way past Christmas, but The Crippled Lamb is a favorite of ours.

Hope you had a beautiful holiday and sending you a big Happy New Year greeting!

Bejewell said...

That is one of my very favorite books from childhood. I've tried to read it to the Bean, but so far, he's unimpressed. Not enough pictures. Maybe next year...

Hope you had a fabulous holiday!! XOXOXO

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