Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Books

When I was a teacher I collected books.  I have crates and crates of children’s books.  Sadly when we moved here we had a weight limit and we were not able to bring all of the books with us and they are in storage.  I did bring all of our Christmas books.

Every year we pull them out and begin to read our favorites over and over.

phot67oThe boys are often found reading them independently these days.


Sometimes even while eating a banana!IMG_2601

Each year I try to get a new one, but I am picky, it has to be good quality story as well as lovely illustrations.  I’m still looking for one this year.  This may be the one


Here is a list of the ones we have and love {we have many others but you don’t need me to include a list of just ok books}.

  • The Night Before Christmas  We have many versions of this classic, my two favorites are illustrated byJan Brett, Mary Engelbreit,

{The Night Before Christmas is special because my family has read it every Christmas Eve of my life.  Our family’s original family book if from 1939 and is dear to all our hearts.  We still read it every Christmas through the magic of 3 way calling, Skype and speaker phones.}

  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer
  • It’s Christmas, David by David Shannon
  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  • The Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  • Moosletoe by Margi Palatini
  • Hurry Santa by Julie Sykes
  • Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • That’s Not Santa by Leonard Kessler
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner by Tomie de Paola
  • Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?  Jerry Pallotta
  • Christmas Cats by Jean Marzolla
  • The Bears’ Christmas by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Froggy’s Best Christmas by Jonathan London
  • Huggly’s Christmas by Tedd Arnold
  • I See a Star by Jean Marzollo

I hope the boys will cherish these stories as much as I do.

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