2011: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist,
abridged by Josh Greenhut
2012: Christmas Is Here, by Lauren Castillo
2013: The Night Before Christmas: A Sampling
2014: O Holy Night: Christmas with the Boys Choir of Harlem, illustrated by Faith Ringgold
2015: McDuff’s Christmas, by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
2016: Christmas with the Mousekins, by Maggie Smith
This was the hardest one of all.
I love this A Christmas Carol because it makes the story accessible to younger kids (and I love Brett Helquist’s illustrations!).
I love Christmas Is Here because it’s an illustrated version of the Luke 2 account of the nativity.
But I’m going to choose Christmas with the Mousekins because it starts two weeks before Christmas, just about now, and recounts the (easily imitated) preparations and activities in which the Mousekin family is involved. A family with younger kids can use this to help come up with ideas for spending their time before Christmas with their children and help young ones use their anticipation for something other than driving people crazy! This is a great book for browsing and reading in smaller sections!