Of course, when you are looking for the perfect book to read on Christmas Eve, you can always go the traditional route and break out the classic The Night Before Christmas.
But if you're looking to mix it up a bit, here are some fun versions for you.
We checked out A Pirate's Night Before Christmas from the library. I admit this is not very Christmassey but it's silly (we like silly) and the detailed illustrations are a lot of fun to look at. It's written in the same format as the original, but it's a pirate looking for Sir Peggety instead of Santa Claus. This version of Santa is pulled by a team of sea horses named Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger an' Jolly! There's a happy ending when the pirate gets the very best gift you can give a pirate - a treasure map!
It started me wondering what other versions of The Night Before Christmas there are. Turns out there's one for just about everybody! Check these out:
For the little boy (or girl) in your life:
Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas
Racecar Driver's Night Before Christmas
Firefighter's Night Before Christmas
For the animal lover on your list:
The Barnyard Night Before Christmas
Wouldn't this make a cute teacher gift? (Trust me, she has enough candles.)
Teachers' Night Before Christmas
For the crafter (it even includes knitting projects!):
'Twas the Knits Before Christmas
I want this one. The illustrations alone look amazing.
Night Before Christmas in Africa
Let's face it, we all know someone who would appreciate one of these:
Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas
Redneck Night Before Christmas
Hope you find time to enjoy a book with your little ones on Christmas Eve! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!