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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Advent, Christmas and Winter Feast Day Books

One of the things that I like about this time of year is snuggling up with my children and reading picture books. A few years ago, I shared a list of picture books that we like to read during December and January. Below is an updated (and hopefully better organized) list.

Advent Books:

Annika's Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis
Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree (St. Joseph Picture Books) by Rev. Jude Winkler*
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck*
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren*
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski*
The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Helen Berger*
The Fussy Angel by Mary Arnold*
The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean
Marta and the Manger Straw by Virginia Kroll*
Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
Mousekin's Christmas Eve by Edna Miller
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco*
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden*
Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book by Tasha Tudor*
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard H. Schneider

Feast Day Books:

December 6: Kersti and Saint Nicholas by Hilda Van Stockum*
The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi
Saint Nicholas by Ann Tompert
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas (Golden Key Books) by Gloria Whelan*
December 8:  Mary: The Mother of Jesus by Tomie dePaola*
December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand* (added 12/12)
The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola*
December 13:  Lucia, Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde
December 26:  Good King Wenceslas by John M. Neale, illustrated by Tim Ladwig*
January 6:  The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola*
We Three Kings by Gennady Spirin*
The Little Drummer Boy illustrated by Kristina Rodanas*
We really like the illustrations in this book.

Christmas Books:
The Animals Christmas Carol by Helen Ward
The Christmas Bird by Bernadette Watts
Christmas Carols (Little Golden Book) arranged by Marjorie Wyckoff, illustrated by Corrine Malvern*
The Christmas Coat by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Christmas Donkey by Gillian McClure*
This is a beautiful story about a proud and stubborn donkey who learns a very valuable lesson from the Holy Family.
Christmas in the Stable by Astid Lindgren
The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson*
I recommend looking for the 1st edition of this Golden Book. The original publication included the Magnificat. I don't know why the publishers at Golden Books edited it.
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel by Shirley Climo
Father and Son: A Nativity Story by Geraldine Mccaughrean
The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss*
The Huron Carol by Frances Tyrell*
Jingle the Christmas Clown by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Christmas Rose by William H. Hooks
Little Boys Christmas Gift by John Spiers*
The Little Donkey: A Christmas Story by Gerda Marie Scheidl, illustrated by Bernadette Watts
The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer
Night Tree by Eve Bunting
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell*
My children (ages 6 and under) thoroughly enjoy this book and will often ask me to reread it.
Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd
Silent Night: The Song and Its Story by Margaret Hodges
A Small Miracle by Peter Collington
This is a beautiful, wordless picture book.
This Is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten*
Cynthia Cotten uses lyrical verses to tell the story of the first Christmas.  The illustrations add to the beauty of the story.
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Jan Brett*

Books that we own are marked with an asterisk*.
Dates indicate Feast Days when we make a point of reading or rereading a book.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great list. I LOVE book lists! =)


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