Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Book Advent

One of my favorite family traditions is reading a book together every evening to countdown till Christmas. We have collected quite a few books over the years and I definitely have my favorites. I considered not doing it this year since we are leaving on a big road trip to PA in the middle of the month, but the tradition must go on.
Here is our list this year. We still don't have all 25 in our ownership, so, I had to get around 5 from the library. But most of these titles you can loan from the library and still wrap up. Just make sure you read them in the beginning so you don't get fines:) And part of the fun is that the kids get turns unwrapping a gift every night. They get so excited to see what book it is..
The books that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, I bolded:)  
Its very hard not to LOVE all of them! 

1. Frosty the Snowman by Little Golden Book
2. Baby's Christmas by Little Golden Book
3. Listen to The Silent Night by Dandi Mackall

4. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
5. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett 
6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson 
8. The Twelve Days of Christmas board book
9. Who is Coming to our House? by Joseph Slate 
(Mark got this board book for the twins first  Christmas- they just LOVE reading it still!) 
10. Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck

11. We Believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

12. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg 
13. Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd Jones 

14. The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry (we got this one this year at Tattered Cover- I couldn't find a picture book on amazon- This is the original story but is illustrated with great pictures) 
15. Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans 
16. The Little Fir Tree  by Margaret Wise Brown 
17.  Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell 
18. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt 
19. The Third Gift- Linda Sue Park *** This is my favorite of them all:) 

20. Small Camel Follows the Star by Rachel W N Brown
21. The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Cynthia Rylant 
22. The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel 
23. The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jacob Grimm
24. The Night Before Christmas by Leonard Weisgard 

Feel free to share some of your favorites! I am always looking for good books to add to the list! 

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