T-27 Days to Christmas

Books Books Books! There are so many fabulous reads for this time of year. A favorite advent activity in our house was to wrap 24 books (here it was a mixture of old and new/Christmas and any time stories) and put them in a basket under the tree. Each night, the girls took turns selecting a package and opening it. We sat together on the couch and enjoyed reading the books aloud. I’m going to list some of my favorite Christmas (and other holiday books) here but there are many on the market and a trip to your local bookstore or library may help you discover your own favorites.

Chapter books and collections:
The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever – Barbara Robinson
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus – L. Frank Baum
Treasury of Christmas Tales
The Joy of a A Peanuts Christmas: 50 Years of Holiday Comics
The Family Read Aloud Christmas Treasury – Alice Low

Silly Stories:
The Biggest Snowball Ever – John Rogan
Gingerbread Pirates – Kristin Kladstrup
Happy Hollidogs (board book)- Ed Heck
Jingle Jungle Jingle Bells (board) – Salina Yoon
Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Anna Dewdney
Merry Christmas Curious George – Margaret Rey
Merry Christmas Stinky Face – Lisa McCourt
Mooseltoe – Margie Palatini
Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Christmas – Joy Cowley
Rock Star Santa – Gayle C. Krause

Touching Stories:
Christmas Magic – Lauren Thompson
Counting Christmas – Karen Katz
Gingerbread Mouse – Katy Bratun
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
The Littlest Christmas Tree
Red Ranger Came Calling – Berkeley Breathed
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree – Gloria Houston (get the tissues)
You Are My Miracle – Maryann Cusimano Love
The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
Christmas Treasury – Jan Brett
The Night Before Christmas – Jan Brett (with Boston Pops DVD)
Look Who’s Knocking on Christmas Eve – Jan Brett
Home for Christmas – Jan Brett

Religious Stories:
A Story of Three Trees
Remember the Manger – Kimberly Rinehart
Hurry Hurry Have You Heard – Laura Krauss Melmed
Away in the Manger – Thomas Kincade

Books to Sing:
Jingle Bells – Iza Trapani
The Christmas Song – Mel Torme
The Twelve Days of Christmas – Caroline Pedler
Where Did They Hide My Presents – Alan Katz
Winter Wonderland – Dick Smith

Books for other winter holidays:

An Adventure in Latkaland:a Hannukkah Story by Karen Fisman
Light the Candles – Joan Holub
My First Chanukah – Tomie DePaola
Lil Rabbit’s Kwanzaa – Donna L Washington
Seven Spools of Thread – Angela Shelf Medearis
My First Kwanzaa – Karen Katz
Ramadan Moon – Na’ima B. Robert
Under the Ramadan Moon – Sylvia Whitman

This is a mere fraction of the great books for this time of year. Visit your library! Read and enjoy family time. It’s a great way to destress and unwind when things get crazy.

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