Christmas Books For Your Family

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Reading this poem by Clement Moore at Christmas time is a Christmas tradition in our home. Jan Brett’s book is one of my favorite versions of this classic because of the lovely illustrations. Down below are 5 other surprising versions of this beloved classic.

Children enjoy hearing the same story told in a new way. It is fun. Enjoy exploring different versions of this beloved Christmas classic.

1. ‘Twas the Night B’Fore Christmas: An African-American Version by Melodye Benson Rosales

Night Before Christmas






2. Night Before Christmas-In Texas, That Is (The Night Before Christmas Series) by Leon Harris and Meg WohlbergChristmas Texas

3. Night Before Christmas in Florida, The (Night Before Christmas (Gibbs

By Rochelle Lynn Holt and Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Christmas Florida






4. Teachers’ Night Before Christmas, The (The Night Before Christmas Series)

by Steven Layne and James RicChristmas teacher

5. Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas (The Night Before Christmas Series)

by Kimbra Cutlip and James Rice

Christmas Firefighter










It is also fun to have a family or class writing activity after reading these creating your own version of this poem.


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All book links take you to I am not affiliated at the time of this post.  I included the link so you can get to the books quickly.  Additionally, there are many more versions of this beloved classic that you will see when you click on the link.  They are so fun to read.  🙂