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    Yup, it is a little early but I figured I need to get started. I am looking for recommendations for Christmas books that aren't all religion, but not just the fluff of most Disney books. I have a 4 year old.

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    Angelina's Christmas, The Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Spot's Christmas, many Jan Brett books, the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. That is all I can think of off the top of my head. When I get all the Christmas stuff up after Thanksgiving, I will add the ones I missed.
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    I agree with the suggestions and would add these:
    These are light-hearted but have nice stories:
    Snowmen at Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas (Toot & Puddle), Llama Llama Holiday Drama.

    I love this story: The Legend of Old Befana (Italian Christmas story) by Tomie dePaola

    One of my favorites is The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson & Jon J Muth. I love Muth's illustrations and the story is wonderful. I think I might like it more than DS.

    I also like some of the beautifully illustrated Night Before Christmas.

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    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry.

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    We do an old fashion looking "Night Before Christmas" book. My oldest is 15, youngest 10, we still read it every year. We also love the Little Critter book "Merry Christmas Mom and Dad." Very appropriate for age 4...Critter wants to help cutting the tree, ornaments and wrapping. It is very cute. As we have gotten older...The Gift of the Magi" has become another one we read each year.

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    In ps I did author studies with dePaola - Strega Nona and Old Befana, and Brett - starting with The Mitten and added whatever else was floating around - Hat, Turnip, and she has some other Christmassy ones - I'm thinking a rabbit, lol can't remember, she also has a website and YouTube videos for kids about how she does the writing and illustrations if you're interested in that. I'm going for a run-on sentence record.
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    The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer shows how the winter solstice has been celebrated in many cultures. For Americans, of course, it is Christmas. I think it would be best for age five and up. It isn't too heavy on text, but the concepts are pretty advanced.

    The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice: Wendy Pfeffer, Jesse Reisch: 9780147512840: Books

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    The Velveteen Rabbit. Not an actual Christmas book, but I figure since the boy gets the rabbit for Christmas, we read it every Christmas.
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    My boys are excited to reread How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, and The Nutcracker.

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    Great Joy (DiCamillo), The Nutcracker (Jeffers), Christmas in the Big Woods, A Wish for Wings that Work, Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, Shall I Knit you a Hat? Christmas Farm, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Night Tree (Bunting), Stick Man, The Polar Express, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, The Gingerbread Pirates, It's Christmas, David; Daddy Christmas and Mama Hanukkah; Merry Christmas, Merry Crow.

    Those are the favorites I can think of off the top of my head.

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