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Christmas Books Revisited

December 9, 2011

Last year I posted some of my favorite holiday books for “Christmas Book Week.” We have added some new ones to our list this year as well as our former favorites. If you are looking for some ideas, this is a good place to start.  As in the past I wrap all the books and put them under the tree for unwrapping each day.

This year we added:

Humphrey’s First Christmas

Christmas at the Barn I found this Barbary Cooney illustrated version at a local library sale. The newer version features pictures by Diane Goode.

Babushka I found this Russian folktale during our Geography Through Folk Tales study.

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden


Don’t miss our other favorites from year’s past:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry–scratch and sniff!

Drummer Boy by Loren Long (same author/illustrator as Toy Boat)

You Are My Miracle by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa –very sweet for the youngest ones

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston — I love this story. The town of Spruce Pine where the book is set is nearby and has a store devoted to the book featuring work of local artisans.

We Three Kings Gennady Spirin–set to the lyrics of the classic carol, the illustrations are phenomenal.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox–cute little story about a wombat in Australia who wants to be in the nativity play.

Want more?

Visit The Crafty Crow for her Christmas Book advent ideas with ornaments and crafts




Dewey’s Treehouse and Oopsey Daisy also have book advents going on for more selections.

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