Friday, January 2, 2015
2014's Christmas Advent Books
This is the list of books we read this December, counting down until Christmas. I love how easy this advent is--just requesting books from the library, yet the kids find so much joy in it. They love finding and reading a new book every morning. What are the favorite Christmas books at your house?
1. A Creature was Stirring: The classic "T'was the Night Before Christmas" mixed with a new story about a boy who can't sleep.
2. Listen to the Silent Night: A new one for us. It is one of the few religious books that I liked.
3. A Very Fuddles Christmas: Not a big hit at our house. We haven't read any of the other Fuddles books.
4. Christmas Eve at the Mellops: I requested this via interlibrary loan. It was a cute story about a family of pigs with too many Christmas trees. It got a few reads. Enna is currently a fan of piggies.
5. My Pen Pal, Santa: Finn really liked this book. We read it almost every night.
6. A Christmas Tree for Pyn: Cute illustrations, but a lot of text on each page.
7. The Jolly Christmas Postman: One of the best Christmas books out there, in my opinion.
8. Just Right for Christmas: The red cloth that keeps giving and giving. Cute illustrations. Enna really liked the phrase "snipped and sewed and snipped and sewed" that was repeated throughout.
9. Little Santa: "Read the Santa book!" usually meant this one.
10. Room for a Little One: O.k. story but overdone illustrations. Yet, there are so few religious picture books out there that are better.
11. How Many Sleeps 'til Christmas?: another book that got lots of readings.
12. Peter Spier's Christmas: I looked at a number of Peter Spier's books growing up, but not this one. Despite it having no words, Finn really liked talking over the pictures in this one. I liked this one too.
13. Olivia helps with Christmas: Enna is a big fan of Olivia and really liked this book.
14. Christmas in the Barn: Nice illustrations and text for a religious picture book.
15. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: I am a huge fan of Barbara Cooney's illustrations. These are great. And Finn is just to the age that he could deal with the lengthier text.
16. Christmas in the Country: Loved the nostalgia of this one. Nice to illustrate how Christmas can be simple and still enjoyable.
17. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas: I am not a huge Pete the Cat fan, but man, do my kids love this book.
18. Toot and Puddle: Let it Snow: Toot and Puddle can do no wrong.
19. Toot and Puddle: I'll be Home for Christmas: Again. Toot and Puddle.
20. Millie in the Snow: Finn is getting a bit old for this one, but Enna loved the cow.
21. Snowmen at Christmas: Both kids love this book. Finn likes to look for the hidden pictures and wished all books had them.
22. The Christmas Magic: A nice quiet Christmas book that I love, even if the kids were only slightly interested.
23. T'was the Night before Christmas: I figure the kids should be familiar with the classic. I tried a different illustrator this year. I liked it, but Finn thought the woodcut illustrations were a bit scary.
24. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona: Finn doesn't know if Santa is real, but Strega Nona definitely is.