Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Post re-run ... Books we read aloud this Christmas Season {2012}

This post was originally published on December 31, 2012. I hope this blesses your family in time for you to reserve some of these from your library! We really do love our Christmas picture books all December long!

Enjoy ...
The Birds' Christmas Carol ~ My great-grandmother's hardback copy that she got when she was 8 years old ... in 1908.
 The Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider
This book was just lovely. The stories are super short and all have a beautiful message to hear about God and His love for us. I'll be purchasing this one, for sure!

The Festival of Stones by Reg Down ~ this was a perfect read straight from October through Christmas. It included all of the holidays and seasonal festivals.

Dewey's Magical Sleigh by Brahm Wenger and Alan Green ~ this is a great story about feeding those who are hungry!

All for the Newborn Baby by Phillis Root.
We sang this one and it put the dog to sleep.

There was No Snow on Christmas Eve by Pameal Ryan

The Christmas Donkey by Gillian McClure ~ beautiful story!

B is for Bethlehem by Isabel Wilner ~ Although this is a "Christmas Alphabet", it was just as lovely for my 8 and 9 year olds as it would have been for a kindergartner!

Country Angel Christmas by Tomie dePaola ~ you really can't go wrong with a Tomie dePaola book!

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate ~ The Princess read this one several times. Perfect for the animal lover and Jesus lover!

The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar ~ the girls love these types of stories, the rhythm and the poetry. And, of course, the message.

A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith ~ I just love including all of these stories that are based on the Nativity story, but are creatively told from other points of view.

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola ~ again withe Tomie dePaola! A beautiful story of generosity.

 The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg ~ there is also a DVD. This was our "candy cane day" ~ we read the book, made peppermint bark and watched the movie.

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell ~ a favorite around these parts.

The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Berger ~ so beautiful!

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojcieghowski ~ another one that had a DVD as well. We enjoyed reading this story aloud and then the girls watched the movie.

Winter's Gift by Jane Monroe Donovan ~ a favorite of the Princess all throughout the year.

The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Mackall

The Christmas Carol retold by Mark A. Taylor (can't find a picture)

The First Christmas retold by Mark A. Taylor (can't find a picture)

The Christmas Story Audio CD with the story, verses from the Bible and Christmas Carols (can't find a picture)

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Douglas Gorsline ~ we read this every Christmas eve.

And, the books in the book baskets that the girls read themselves, but we didn't quite get to as far as Family Reading Aloud:

DK Children Just Like Me: Celebrations ~ this one was a favorite around here!
The Little Drummer Boy by Carolyn Quattrocki (we did read this one aloud last year)
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rock Osborne
The Christmas Story from the King James Bible with paintings by Gennady Spirin
Hanna's Christmas by Melissa Peterson
The Legend of the Christmas Rose by William H. Hooks
A Small Miracle by Peter Collington (we did this one last year and it's really special)
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck (we did read this one aloud last year)
The Tale of the Three Trees: A traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden (we did read this one aloud last year)
Strega Nona's Gift by Tomie dePaola
Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado
The Story of Christmas words from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, pictures by Jane Ray
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola (we did read this one aloud last year)
The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry Lisbeth Zwerger (we did read this one aloud last year and we listened to this on audio this  year)
Silent Night illustrated by Susan Jeffers (we did read this one aloud last year)
Good King Wenceslas by John M. Neale (we did read this one aloud last year)
Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers by Andrew Clements (we did read this one last year)
Until next time,
~ Irie Momma

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