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It can be hard to get kids to focus on lesson plans during the holiday season. I have found it is easier to work with the excitement than to fight against it. These historical fiction Christmas books for kids are a great addition to Christmas lesson plans.
There are a few ways to incorporate these books into your holiday season:
- Add them into your daily Advent reading (download these free printable Advent book tags)
- Display them in a Christmas themed book basket
- Read these books for history in the days leading up to Christmas
- Create mini-unit studies based on the book
Best Historical Fiction Christmas Books for Kids
Christmas Tapestry brings up the hard topic of family separation during World War II in a child-friendly way. It does not sugar coat it, but also doesn’t scare children.
A young boy is having a hard time adjusting to life in his new town. It doesn’t get any easier when a leak ruins the wall at his church. He and his father, the church pastor, are out in town running errands when they find a beautiful wall tapestry that might help prepare the church for the Christmas Eve service.
Over the next two days the family meets two new friends and is able to reunite a long lost family.
War-torn Germany was a tough place for children after World War II, especially in West Germany. The U.S Air Force began a humanitarian mission known as ‘Operation Vittles’ to bring food to starving families in West Berlin.
One pilot, known as Uncle Wiggly Wings, took pity on young children hanging around the air field fence. He offered them gum. They were so excited that he promised to air drop candy. Other soldier and military officials saw the positive effect and the candy bombing mission began.
This is the story of the very first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. A young family, living in New York, is having a hard time during the Great Depression. The father is out of work, so he and his son attempt to sell fresh-cut Christmas trees in the city.
Life during the Great Depression was hard. Families were frequently homeless and cold. This book was written in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
Christmas was a much simpler celebration during the pioneer days. The Ingalls family Christmas festivities include family, sweet treats, and relaxing together.
Queen Charlotte introduced the Christmas tree to England in 1800. She was throwing a Christmas Day party and realized that a single branch would not be large enough for a party of 100 children. Her idea of using a tree to decorate sparked a new tradition that is still being observed today.
Do you incorporate historical fiction Christmas books into your holiday lesson plans?
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