Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Books

Below is a glimpse at the Christmas books we've been reading here lately. There are many that I absolutely love and think should be in every home and then there are some that are just fun.

My Christmas Stocking is a wonderful book for young kids. It gives a bit of information about the real St. Nicholas and why he loved surprising people with gifts in their stockings. We don't celebrate Santa, so the story of St. Nicholas is one we like to share. I would love for my kids to notice pictures of Santa or see him in the mall and think, "That man loves God and loves others".
This has become a favorite in our house fast! Although the kids are little bewildered when the Gingerbread Man is actually eaten in the end, it's a lot of fun to read. We will be making gingerbread men soon, too. I choose to use the words Gingerbread Cookie right at the end so they can focus on the fact that it was a cookie not a man, but throughout the whole book I do say Gingerbread Man.

This is a little board book that introduces some main characters in the nativity. Simple and fun.

This book is old, but full of good rhymes and stories I had never heard before.

Fun

Every home must have this book. It uses the song "Jingle Bells" to introduce how people in other countries celebrate Christmas. I really like this one.

Fun only because we love the original book, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly".

Another book that every home must have. I believe this one is only published by Scholastic, but it is fantastic and the illustrations are wonderful.

Fun only because we love the original, "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear"

Beautifully illustrated by Jan Brett. Love her!

What are some of your favorites? If you have older kids I love the book, "Christmas Tapestry". It's for 8 and up. Wonderful love story and my students use to beg for it.

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