Bells 2: Books For Children To Ring In The Festive Season

My theme for my Christmas blogs is Bells. Why? Because they are festive, beautiful, musical, draw attention and make us recall memories of times past…just like the holiday season.

So, I decided to take a random look at some children’s books with the theme of bells that are for sale. I cannot personally recommend them as I haven’t read them but I will put them here for you to peruse.

The Christmas Bell by Rolf Krenzer

When Rachel, the daughter of a widowed shepherd, comes across something curious in the dusty streets of Bethlehem—a beautiful bell made of pure silver—she wonders what she should do with it. No one can tell Rachel where the bell came from, but a wise woman in the village tells her that she should keep it until something wonderful happens. Then, she will know it is time to give it away.

Rachel finds out just how special the silver bell is on the eve of the very first Christmas. When the shepherds journey to the manger to give the Messiah a gift of a lamb, Rachel thinks she has nothing to offer the tiny baby. It is then that she remembers the beautiful bell.

Age Range 5-9

Format: Hardcover or find on your local Amazon

I can play that!: Merry Christmas with the 8 note Bell Set by Lena Eckhoff

Start making music instantly! Small child or adult–with this book you’ll be making wonderful music right away. No previous knowledge required and you don’t have to read music!
Just follow the colors–it’s as easy as that! Playing handbells fosters fine motor skills and cognitive development as well as hearing, pattern recognition and matching.
But the most important thing: it’s lots of fun!


1. Angels we have heard on high
2. Christ was born on Christmas day
3. Go, tell it on the mountain
4. Hark! The herald angels sing
5. In the bleak midwinter
6. I saw three ships
7. It came upon a midnight clear
8. It came upon a midnight clear
9. Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
10. Jingle Bells
11. Joy to the world
12. O come, little children
13. O Sanctissima
14. Over the river and through the woods
15. Still, still, still
16. The boar’s head carol
17. The first Noel
18. Twinkle, twinkle, little star
19. Up on the housetop
20. While shepherds watched

For all ages

Format: Paperback

Please note that you have to buy the handbells separately from the book. or find on your local Amazon

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro

A wacky new Christmas version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song!This time, the hungry old lady swallows a bell, bows, gifts, a sack, a sleigh, and some reindeer! She’s about to swallow a candy cane for dessert, when she hears a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! Watch what happens when she whistles, with amazing results!With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a fun story for Christmastime!This is a wonderful companion to Colandro and Lee’s other Old Lady books!

Age range: 4-8

Formats: Paperback, Kindle, Audio CD or find on your local Amazon

Jingle Bells: A Musical Instrument Song Book Board book – Touch and Feel by James Lord Pierpont

Charming illustrations combined with real instrumental music make this sound-button board book an irresistible Christmas gift.

Listen and sing along as the merry band of musicians go on a sleigh ride, playing their instruments along the way. Then join in as they all play together in the festive finale! Nicola Slater’s charming illustrations combined with real instrumental music make this sound-button board book an irresistible Christmas gift.

Age range: Baby-2 years

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Board Book or find at your local Amazon

Jingle Bells by Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestselling artist of The Nutcracker and The Twelve Days of Christmas, takes readers on an enchanted journey set to lyrics from the beloved holiday song.

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…

Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they travel to Grandma’s house. With playful animals in their path, their journey gets a bit sidetracked. But soon enough they arrive at Grandma’s—where an unexpected visitor fills them with holiday cheer!

Age range: 4-8 years

Formats: Hardback, Paperback or find at your local Amazon

The Big Bell and the Little Bell by Martin Kalmanoff

Read and sing along with the classic 1950s song!
“The Big Bell and the Little Bell”—with music and lyrics by Martin Kalmanoff—became a family favorite when it was first released in 1954. It tells the tale of a King who has to decide which bell—large or small, loud or soft—he wants to ring out on his wedding day.
Now, this beautiful gift package brings the musical fantasy to a whole new generation. Containing a stunningly illustrated book and an exclusive CD with both the original Julius La Rosa recording and a new version by the internationally famed London Crouch End Festival Chorus, it offers kids (and adults, too) a complete visual and auditory experience. Alastair Graham’s fun, colorful, and delightfully detailed pictures capture a lavish court full of cats, dressed in bright medieval-style garb.
Small children will particularly appreciate the story’s moral: that big isn’t always better, and sometimes the little one wins the day!

Age range: 3-6 years

Formats: Hardcover or find at your local Amazon

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