Are you looking for old-fashioned Christmas books for kids to give as gifts this holiday season? Or maybe you’re looking to add a few stories of olden-days holidays to your own family library. All of our family members love to read, so there’s always at least one book for each of us under the tree.
Our family lives off the grid in Canada’s Northwest Territories where we homestead and homeschool. So books also serve as an educational tool. Winter days here are long and dark, and a perfect time for baking, homeschooling indoors and digging into a good book.
One of our favourite seasonal activities is curling up by our wood stove for a read-aloud. So we have quite a collection of old-fashioned Christmas books for kids. And we also love to try our hand at rustic and pioneer Christmas craft activities.
10 Old-Fashioned Christmas Books for Kids
If you’re looking for suggestions, here are a few of our family favourite old-fashioned Christmas books for kids to help you get started. And I’ve added a couple we’re planning to add to our collection. Take note – many of these tales of Christmas in the olden days make great additions to homeschool pioneer unit studies.
#1. A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Greenwood
First published back in 2003, this beautifully illustrated picture book describes one family’s Christmas in the backwoods of Canada in 1841. It’s part of a series by Barbara Greenwood, with other titles including A Pioneer Sampler and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. A Pioneer Christmas is full of stories, crafts, and interesting facts about pioneer Christmas celebrations. We read it “for fun” but it’s also a good choice for homeschooling families working on Christmas units.
#2. Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
My adult sons loved this book when they were little. Set in 1881, it tells the tale of the Ansterberg family, facing an unexpected challenge at Christmas. Younger children love the pretty pictures. And the message of family, faith, and the Christmas spirit appeal to older ones. The recommended ages are 4 – 8, but it’s a good choice for all ages.
#3. Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
Another of the beautifully illustrated pioneer Christmas books for children, the story of widower and woodcarver Jonathan Toomey has a more serious tone than some of the other seasonal children’s books we’ve enjoyed…
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