Tuesday, December 18, 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
Good King Wenceslas by Neale or Ladwig

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
Christmas in the Trenches by McCutcheon
Shooting at the Stars the Christmas Truce of 1914 by Hendrix

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
Gingerbread Christmas by BrettChristmas 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
Christmas Tree Farm by Purmell
The Donkey's Christmas Song by Tafuri
Christmas Farm by Ray
B is for Bethlehem
Christmas Cakes by Ferri
Christmas in the Country by Rylant
The Twelve Days of Christmas Cats by Daily
Christmas in the Big Woods by Wilder
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Schneider

The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Krause
Christmas Mouse King by Chaconas
Mooseltoe byPalatini
Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies by Mills
The Family Under The Bridge by Carlson
Prairie Christmas by Van Steenwyk
Henry the Christmas Cat by Calhoun
The Christmas Story The Brick Bible For Kids by Smith
Christmas in the Barn by Brown
The Little Drummer Mouse by Mayer
Christmas Tapestry by Polacco
The Christmas Boot by Wheeler
A New Coat for Anna by Ziefert
An Orange for Frankie by Polacco
Christmas Trolls by Brett
The Nutcracker by Jeffers
The Most Precious Gift by Crisp
The Carpenter's Gift by Rubel
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Robinson
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Arry
The Little Fir Tree by Brown
Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Modugno
The Family Christmas Treasury: Tales of Anticipation, Celebration, and Joy
Christmas in Noisy Village by Lindgren and Wikland
The Invisible Thread by Schroff

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
The Crippled Lamb by Lucado
The Christmas Cup by Patterson
Bake Through the Bible at Christmas by Bentley-Taylor and Moore
The Imagination Station: Danger on a Silent Night by Hering

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 Candyby Walburg

The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Osborne