Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Books part III

Tomorrow night we'll read Christmas Tapestry, (thanks to friend suggestions via Facebook) by Patricia Polacco - it's a new addition to the Christmas library. We'll also tell the Christmas story, the one about Christ's birth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men. We'll also be having a family slumber party, recreating the polar express train/cocoa party...and opening up some new pajamas. And the girls will be looking for Elfie Star... their Elf on the Shelf that my fabulous friend Sally gave the girls this year. It's been fun finding where Elfie Star (named by the girls) appears each morning.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we've been reading over the 12 days of Christmas books. If you have any suggestions we should add-in for next year, I'd love it. (please leave a comment to share)

12. Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest, by Dan Farr

This book is a "Christmas spirit" story. I think we were given this book, not sure I would've actually purchased this on my own. It comes with a CD read by Dick Van Dyke. We've listened to the CD before, but I like to read it to my girls. It's fun imagining hearing his voice in my head as I read.

11. On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman

I added this into our Christmas book rotation because we celebrate the birth of Christ. I figured it was appropriate to also highlight their births. That their birth was significant for me. I just like the way Tillman's writing sounds when I read it aloud.

10. The Tale of the Three Trees retold by Angela Elwell Hunt, illustrations by Tim Jonke

I love this folktale. Ours is a board book given to us when the girls were much younger.

9. Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

It's fun doing different voices for the various animals. I also love the photography illustrating the story.

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