I think my favorite is "Who Is Coming to Our House?" by Ashley Wolff
I'm always in search of a few nice books that relate the Christmas story without heavy use of "Our Lord/ Our Savior". Personally, I feel that the birth of Christ is worth celebrating, and we also celebrate the Solstice and understand the origins of the trappings of the season. So, I want the story without all the religious lingo. Don't mind bringing angels and God into it, but I'd like to downplay the rest.
What are your favorites, for any age?
"She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in."
I know this isn't quite what you asked for OP, but I put these out there for other readers, too.
This was my quest this year, also. I found "Song of the Stars" by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by Allison Jay, which I absolutely love. It's pretty new, your library probably has it. Also came across a beautifully-illustrated copy of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," illustrated by Susan Jeffers, for the more solstice/nature inclined. Amazing, and my 2 yr old now recites lines of Robert Frost. Thank you, literature. And finally, for the pure christmasyness of Christmas, I reached back into my childhood memory and found a copy of "Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree." Great rhymes, fun illustrations, a cute and completely secular story with no saccharine. Looking forward to checking out your recommendation(s).
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