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Read Me A Christmas Song: Books For The Season

by Miriam Downey 17. December 2012 16:34

Children love books that they can sing. I am particularly reminded of The Wheels on the Bus illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, which my grandchildren have loved. There are many, many books of Christmas songs, many illustrated by famous children book illustrators. Here is a brief list of some of the wonderful songs of the holiday season in beautifully illustrated picture books. These books are great for sharing. Sit down with your young child and sing along. Some of these books have CDs or music chips in them, if you are musically impaired. Most will be available at your local library or bookstore. I have included a few Hanukkah song books and one Kwanza book as well.


Frosty the Snowman illustrated by Steve Nelson. This one has been around for a long time. It is the classic version of the song.

Good King Wenceslas illustrated by Christopher Manson. The illustrations are woodcuts. Very lovely.

Deck the Halls: A Traditional Carol illustrated by Sylvia Long.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer illustrated by Peter Emslie. Cute is the word for these illustrations.

Here Comes Santa Claus illustrated by Bruce Whatley.

Feliz Navidad: Two Stories Celebrating Christmas illustrated by David Diaz. Diaz is one of my favorite illustrators.

Hillary Knight's The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Hillary Knight, who is the illustrator of the Eloise books.

Jingle Bells illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This one has a music chip in it.

The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Jan Brett. She is the master of winter illustrations.

Elvis Presley's The First Noel illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This one has a CD of Elvis singing. Wow!

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Another one of my favorite illustrators.

Silent Night, Holy Night illustrated by Maja Dusikova. Lovely soft illustrations and a music chip.

The Little Drummer Boy illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. The very best!

We Three Kings illustrated by Olga Zharkova. Bright torn paper illustrations.


Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah illustrated by Susan Roth. Little mice celebrate Hanukkah.

I Have a Little Dreidel illustrated by Julie Paschkis.


Seven Days of Kwanzaa illustrated by Melrose Cooper. To the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Please also look at last week's posting for more Christmas book ideas.

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