All the way back to the Nativity in the Bible, animals have been part of the Christmas story. Woodland animals, to the present day, often show up in stories about the winter holiday season.

Test your knowledge about holiday animal stories with this free online Christmas Animal Quiz

And here is a list of great, recent Christmas woodland animal books for kids:

The Animals’ Santa, by Jan Brett
The Christmas Wish, by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen
Bear Stays up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree, by Colleen Monroe and Michael Glenn Monroe
The Message of the Birds, by Kate Westerlund
Coyote Christmas: A Lakota Story, by S.D. Nelson


In the Good Friends Storybooks, are chapter books for middle school children that mix adventure, quirky talking animals, gentle lessons about friendship, and Wisconsin history These award-winning books are available through Amazon, the publisher Little Creek Press, and many local bookstores. You can also download a sample chapters from this website today.

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