I have a fairly massive collection of Christmas books – mostly children’s books. I have a soft spot for the amazing illustrations that so many of these books have. Nearly all of them were purchased thrift, at used book stores or on incredible sales after Christmas.
Chapters often has great books in their sale/damaged book section. That’s where I got this incredible pop-up book on the 12 Days of Christmas for just $5.
This amazing copy of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is illustrated by Roberto Innocenti. I sometimes wish I could rip out the pictures and frame them; they are exquisite in their detail. This book was purchased at a used bookstore in Vancouver.
One of my very favourite Christmas books is the Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber, illustrated by Nicola Bayley. Again, it was the illustrations that sold me but the story truly won my heart. The whole story is told from the perspective of the cat and tells how she and her pet, Tom, save their village from starvation one cold, harsh Christmas. I dare you not to cry at the end.
And yes, I have How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Latin. I got it for $4 at Save-On-Foods if you can believe that. No, it doesn’t rhyme.
The problem with owning so many books is storage, of course, but I can’t help myself. How can you turn away something so lovely? This is why I’ll probably never go digital with books.
If you have limited space or income, then the library is your obvious choice for enjoying Christmas books. Even if you don’t have young children, visit that section of your local library and explore the beautiful books there. They’ll warm your heart.
What’s your favourite Christmas story?