Christmas books: Sampson, the Christmas Cat

Sampson the Christmas Cat
Sampson, the Christmas Cat by Catherine Stock

Sampson is a stray who smells the family’s Christmas turkey cooking and sneaks in through a window. The kids find him hide him from their mom, who is not a cat lover. They manage to cover for him until their annoying cousin comes over and blows a tickler in everyone’s faces. Sampson springs out to attack it, and maybe, just maybe he wins their mom over.

Christmas books: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I'll Be Home for Christmas

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie

We love Holly Hobbie’s Toot and Puddle books. Two pigs, one a homebody and one an adventurer, are best friends who live together in the country with a parrot named Tulip. In I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Toot (the adventurer) makes his way home from a family reunion in Scotland, but he’s held up by an ice storm and snowed over roads until finally a mysterious stranger in a sleigh gives him a lift on Christmas Eve night.

Christmas books: You Are My Miracle

You Are My Miracle
You Are My Miracle by Maryann Cusimano Love

I meant to write about my favorite Christmas picture books in December, but getting ready for and recovering from Christmas kept me so busy that I’m only getting to it now. This book made me cry more than once as I was reading it. My son liked it, but I loved it. This might be a book more for parents than for children; it brings up all at once what it feels like to be a mom or dad in all its heart swelling glory.