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Alicia + Annie’s Favorite Living Christmas Picture Books

In the winter issue of Learning Well Journal, our good friend Cindy West describes living books as “exceptional literary works that have the power to ignite the imagination, stir emotions, and build strong connections between a book and its reader. They don’t shy away from rich language, strong character development, and deep story lines. In turn, children and adults alike enjoy reading them and feel as if the time spent was worth it.” I’m sure just hearing this definition of a living book conjures up a few that your own family has loved!

There are so many wonderful living books out there, and picture books are no exception! This week on the Learning Well Podcast, Alicia and Annie are sharing several of their favorite living Christmas picture books that we are sure you will want to add to your home library.

Annie’s Favorites

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever // by Barbara Robinson

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The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher // by Robert Kraus

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker // by Katy Flint

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How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? // by Mac Barnett

The Christmas Book Flood // by Emily Kilgore

Shall I Knit You a Hat? // by Kate Klise

Christmas is Coming: Traditions From Around the World // by Monika Utnik

Pick a Pine Tree // by Patricia Toht

Alicia’s Favorites

The Christmas House // by Ann Turner

Christmas in the Country // by Cynthia Rylant

Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse // by Caralyn Buehner

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree // by Robert Barry

The Baker’s Dozen // by Heather Forest

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree // by Gloria Houston

The Legend of the Poinsettia // by Tomie De Paola

The Legend of the Christmas Tree // by Pat Matuszak

In this episode of the podcast we discuss each one of these books in more detail, so be sure to head over and listen! We hope some of these books are new to you and create special memories in your own family for so many years to come!


  1. This was a fun episode to listen to while I was cleaning up to prepare for decorating for Christmas. I put a bunch of these books on hold from my library. Thanks, ladies!!

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