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Beautifully Illustrated Christmas Books for Children

Some of the most beautifully illustrated Christmas books available this year.

Holidays provide great reasons to introduce new books to your child. For the kid who hasn't shown much interest in books or reading, the excitement of Christmas may be enough to lure him or her to the page. It's easy to stock up on Holiday books online or at your local bookstore, but don't forget about the library.

While nearly all children's Christmas books contain a heartwarming story about the Holiday season, some of them are so gorgeously illustrated you will find yourself reading them over and over again. The following are some of the most beautifully illustrated Christmas books available this year.

Clear Moon Snow Soon
Tony Johnson (Author), Guy Porfirio (Illustrator)
This simple tale about the magic of Christmas Eve features gorgeous oil paintings by illustrator Guy Porfirio.

Counting to Christmas
Nancy Tafuri. (Author/Illustrator)
Nancy Tafuri has a very distinctive style. Tafuri's signature watercolor and ink drawings accompany this wonderful story about a little girl's countdown to Christmas. Little details, like the girl's dog, which can be found in every illustration, are fun for kids to look out for.

A Pussycat’s Christmas
Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Anne Mortimer (Illustrator)
This sweet story shows readers what Christmas is like through they eyes of a cat. Anne Mortimer's paintings are detailed and absolutely stunning. Kids will get a thrill from this book's bright and vivid colors.

Christmas Day in the Morning
Pearl S. Buck (Author), Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
This story, which was originally published in 1955, has been updated with award winning Mark Buehner's lovely illustrations. You may recognize Buehner's style from another popular book that he illustrated, Snowmen at Christmas, which was written by his wife, Caralyn Buehner.

The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg (Author/Illustrator)
We all know how this one ends. It gets made into an Oscar nominated stop action movie. But it started with this unique book and Caldecott Award winner Chris Van Allsburg's gorgeous pastel drawings. This beautiful book is a must have for any child's book collection.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Jan Brett (Author/Illustrator)
This book, based on the traditional Christmas carol of the same name, features popular children's book author Jan Brett's glorious illustrations. Brett herself could possibly be the Queen of Christmas book illustrators. Her version of The Night Before Christmas is equally beautiful, as are her illustrations for books like The Wild Christmas Reindeer and Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Tree Fairy
Marion Rose (Author), Jason Cockcroft (Illustrator)
If you're looking to infuse a little magic into your child's Christmas, this book is for you. In this story about a little girl's wish to fly like a fairy, Jason Cockcroft's illustrations are dazzling. Any little girl that has ever donned pretend fairy wings will love this book.

The Littlest Christmas Tree: A Tale of Growing and Becoming
Janie Jasin (Author), Pam Kurtz (Illustrator)
Simple line drawings by Pam Kurtz illustrate this beautiful story about a tiny pine tree that yearns to grow tall enough to be a Christmas tree. The story's message is as sweet as the drawings.

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