Monday, December 14, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Books

A couple years ago my friend Carrie mentioned her tradition of wrapping up Christmas books they had, and adding a few each year, for the 12 days of Christmas. I loved this idea, so we've been doing it ever since.

As there are only two kids in our family, we let one pick out the wrapped book from under the tree, and then the other one gets to open the book. Then we trade off night-after-night. It makes reading time before bed, during Christmas, extra-special. I don't put any markings on the wrapping paper, so I never know what book will pop up next.

Seeing as I've wrapped up the books...and can't remember what I wrapped up. I'll be sharing the titles, bit-by-bit. In addition, I'm soliciting your Christmas book titles that you love reading to your kids...because, I can never have too many books.

...I love to read to my girls. I love how they cuddle up close to me, I love how focused on the story they are. I love reading with meaning, inflection, voices...and pauses. I hope one day to be the library story-time lady.

Without further adieu, HAPPY 3rd day of Christmas Book Reading.

3. The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

I love the illustrations in this book. I love the prose. I love the meaning of Christmas...and that in the end... well... I won't spoil it for you. Go get it!

2. The Night Before Christmas: The Anniversary Edition by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Christian Birmingham

I have always loved the rhythm of this story. The anniversary edition illustrations are simply gorgeous. I'm really glad I have this in my collection.

1. Drummer Boy by Loren Long

I love that Loren Long both wrote and illustrated this book. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is precious. My girls love the rhythm of the drum...and it adds depth to the story.

ps. I'm a fan of hardcover books when it comes to special Christmas ones.
WHAT Christmas books are you reading to your kids??? Please share!


Holli said...

I love The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree. And The Littlest Angel. And A Wish For Wings that Work. I haven't collected very many Christmas books yet, even though I read with my kids all the time. I'll have to check out some of the ones you share. From the library we got "Are you Grumpy Santa?" It's really fun and has a sweet message at the end.

Queen Scarlett said...

I love the Berenstain Bears. ;-) Thank you for the add'l suggestions. I need more... I love finding good Christmas books. ;-)

YAY! So glad to be friends with great ladies who love children's books!!!