One tradition we have during the holidays is to read a Christmas book each day in December. Over the years we have added to our collection, but we still have our favorites. One of our favorites is Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
Using Picture Books During Christmas: Song of the Stars
I cherish the time I get to snuggle on the couch with my children and read. The holidays give us an extra opportunity to do just that as we pick a book to read each night. Each year we add a couple more new titles to our collection. My main goal is to make memories with my children while sharing about Christ. Occasionally though, there are a few books that lend themselves to deeper study, art projects, fun activities or other learning projects. Song of the Stars is one of those books.
Book Summary: All of creation is filled with anticipation of the coming newborn king. The woodland creatures stirred, the mighty lion roared, the great white whales sang, “It’s time!” A beautifully written and illustrated Christmas book that young children and adults will enjoy.
With all the different animals and plants listed in the book, it would be easy to do a little rabbit trail and learn more about one or two of them:
- sycamore tree
- barn owl
- brown bear
- red fox
- white whales
- field mice
The illustrations in the book are gorgeous! Each picture has a crackle effect. For my really young children, we made crackled paint star ornaments. Older children could create a picture similar to the book and apply crackle texture to it.
This book introduces children to several of the names of Jesus.
- The Mighty King
- The Prince of Peace
- The Bright and Morning Star
- The Good Shepherd
- Light of the World
- Immanuel (inferred “The One who made us has come to live with us”)
- Our Rescuer
We used our Names of Jesus Advent chain to learn more!
Homeschool Village shares a wonderful active reading game to go along with the book.
More Christmas Book Ideas:
What’s your favorite Christmas book?