Saturday, January 1, 2011

More Christmas Books

Continuing with my list of Christmas books.

My Merry Christmas and the Real Reason for Christmas Joy by Sally Lloyd Jones, illustrated by Linda Clearwater.
This is a sweet board book that tells the story of Christ's birth alongside the joys of our modern traditions. Very sweet, simple book for our youngsters.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jan Brett
Another Jan Brett favorite as she shares her creative and beautiful illustrations to retell this famous poem/song. The one thing about this book that drives my kids crazy, because they like to sing the book instead of read the book ;), is that her order of events for the days are out of order from how you usually hear it sung.

Counting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri
An advent, of sorts, book counting down the days to Christmas. The girl in the book does different activities throughout the month from crafting to baking to making nature goodies for birds and squirrels. Very sweet, peaceful book that is a favorite at our home. :)

Nine Days to Christmas a Story of Mexico by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida
Cici is finally old enough for her own Posada, which means, she gets to pick out her very first pinata!  Sweet story of a little girls anticipation as she waits for the magical day of her Posada and how she helps a pinata become "real".

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Somehow we have two of these books, but we only read it once. ;) If you've never enjoyed the Christmas story told with the Herdmans involved, you definitely need to go out and get this book to read! Hilarious and poignant as the real meaning of Christmas is revealed to all those present.

Pooh's Christmas Days 
This is a sound board book that has lost it's sounds. :)  It's another version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Pooh style.

The Littlest Christmas Tree by Janie Jasin, illustrated by Pam Kurtz
The story of a little tree that dreams of becoming a beautiful Christmas tree one day. As she grows, she listens to the wisdom of the older trees around her so she can become a beautiful, tall, straight tree when she is older. As the title says, a simple tale of growing and becoming.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Kerry Argent
Another book that we somehow have two of! This one we did read two separate times, as it's a favorite. :) Wombat wants to be in the Christmas pageant more than anything else but none of the parts fit him. As he tries for each role and each role doesn't fit him just right, his friends encourage him to keep trying until he finds the very best part in the pageant and it's just perfect for him. We all love this book.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, pictures by Barbara Cooney
It was the year that Ruthie's family was chosen to provide the town with the Christmas Tree. Early in spring, Ruthie and her father went up high on the ridge to pick just the right tree. Later that year, Ruthie's father had to go away to the war and as Christmas was getting closer the town people were getting worried there would be no Christmas Tree that year. Ruthie's mother told the preacher they would have a tree, provided by their family and that's what she and Ruthie did. A sweet story of Christmas in the Appalachian mountains and how a little girls dreams came true one Christmas, the year of the Perfect Christmas tree.

If you Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
From the same author and story line of If you Give a Mouse a cookie, with a Christmas slant. :) Cute and fun book.

That's it for this post! Stay tuned for my next installment of Christmas books we read this year. :)

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