Thursday, December 13, 2012

Favorite Christmas books

This is the second year that I have done the "Christmas book present a day" tradition with my girls and we love it!  It is a lot of work to wrap 50 books but totally worth it!  Some of them I own (I have my own tradition of purchasing one Christmas book from Amazon each year) but most of them I just request from our local library.  I thought I would share some of the books that we have enjoyed this year in case others might want to start this tradition and wonder how in the world they could find that many Christmas books!  Let me tell you, this is but a sampling of Christmas books that are available.  I have so many others that I can't wait to read with my girls!  I will be adding onto this list as we read more.  (Disclaimer:  We do not "do" Santa Claus with the girls, but treat him as just another fun story like Frosty or Rudolph.  Because of that, some of these stories might include references to Santa and we enjoy them.)

Picture Books of Songs:
Frosty the Snowman by Nelson and Rollins
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gedde
On Christmas Day in the Morning by Sweet
The Little Drummer Boy by Keats
The Friendly Beasts by dePaola
The Night Before Christmas by Moses
The Night Before Christmas by Tudor

Stories of Christmas from around the world and different ages:
Marmee's Surprise (A Little Women Story) by Kulling
One Hundred Shining Candles by Lunn
Nine Days of Christmas: A Story of Mexico by Ets and Labastida
What's Cooking, Jamela? by Daly
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Houston -- one of my favorites :)
The Gingerbread Doll by Tews
Christmas Stories from Grandma's Attic
Christmas in the Country by Rylant
An Early American Christmas by dePaola


Picture books:
That's Not My Angel by Watt (Usborne)
The Story of Christmas by Pingry
The Usborne Advent Nativity Book (a puzzle Book)
A Christmas Story: A Sparkling Nativity Play by Priddy books
Merry Christmas Charlie Brown (Look and Find) by Schultz
Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Wilson -- my girls' all-time favorite Christmas book!
Room For a Little One by Waddell
Snowmen at Christmas by Buehner
Bear Stays up for Christmas by Wilson
Who is Coming To Our House? by Slate
Song of the Stars:  A Christmas Story by Lloyd-Jones
The Nativity by Vivas
Gingerbread Baby by Brett
Christmas in the Big Woods by Wilder
One Baby Jesus by Pingry
Christmas Cookies:  Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Rosenthal
Great Joy by DiCammillo
Angelina's Christmas by Holabird
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by O'Conner

Longer Christmas Books:
The Jesse Tree by Willy -- kind of an advent storybook book that goes along well with our daily reading and ornament -- the older man in it is a little grumpy and I kind of tone down his words when I read it to the girls because they might not understand why he is so grumpy.  But it is a great accompaniment to our Jesse tree advent!
The Nutcracker by Helbrough (Usborne)
The Christmas Story by Heyer
The Pine Tree Parable by Higgs
One Wintry Night by Graham
Father Fox's Christmas Rhymes by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Schneider

Story behind the Legend books:
The Story of Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Stiegemeyer
The Story of Saint Nicholas: More Than Reindeer and  a Red Suit by Odden (Voice of the Martyrs)
The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of our Favorite Christmas Candy by Walburg

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