Picture Books We’re Reading This Christmas
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I mentioned last week one of my favorite things we are doing for Advent this year: a Christmas picture book every day. In case you were curious, I thought I’d share the full list of titles we are reading. Most of these we own; a few of the early ones we got from the library. There are new favorites on here, along with books the boys have been reading every Christmas, and even a few that were mine when I was a kid.
I wrapped up all the books back in October, when our schedule was a little calmer, and wrote the names on the spines in pencil. Then on Thanksgiving night, I pulled them all out and numbered them.
Here’s what we are reading each day:
Nov 25: Christmas Trolls // Jan Brett
Nov 26: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree // Robert Barry
Nov 27: Christmas Cricket // Eve Bunting
Nov 28: Good King Wenceslas // Jane Seymour
Nov 29: Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas // Julie Rawlinson
Nov 30: The Legend of the Poinsettia // Tomie dePaola
Dec 1: Snow Day! // Courtney Carbone
Dec 2: Polar Express // Chris Van Allsburg (The version we have came with the audiobook, which is read by Liam Neeson, and it is fantastic.)
Dec 3: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey // Susan Wojciechowski
Dec 4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas // Dr. Seuss
Dec 5: The Hat // Jan Brett
Dec 6: Santa, Are You For Real? // Harold Myra
Dec 7: The Legend of the Candy Cane // Lori Walburg
Dec 8: Merry Christmas, Curious George // H. A. Rey and Catherine Hapka
Dec 9: The Wild Christmas Reindeer // Jan Brett
Dec 10: The Night Before Christmas // Charles Santore
Dec 11: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Peanuts) // Charles Shulz
Dec 12: The Bears’ Christmas // Stan and Jan Berenstain
Dec 13: The Nutcracker // Ronald Kidd
(I’ve also heard good things about this version of the story, and this one.)
Dec 14: Gingerbread Baby // Jan Brett
Dec 15: Bear Stays Up for Christmas // Karma Wilson
Dec 16: Christmas in the Big Woods // Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dec 17: The Night Before Christmas // Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Dec 18: Country Angel Christmas // Tomie dePaola
Dec 19: The Night of Las Posadas // Tomie dePaola
Dec 20: The Tale of Three Trees // Angela Elwell Hunt
Dec 21: The Crippled Lamb // Max Lucado
Dec 22: Humphrey’s First Christmas // Carol Heyer
Dec 23: Cock-A-Doodle Christmas! // Will Hillenbrand
Dec 24: Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story // Sally Lloyd-Jones
Like I said, some of these were from the library, and so I had to just go with what was available, but for the most part, these books are ones I love and heartily recommend. There’s a good mix here of books that mention Santa, and books that don’t, so whichever is your persuasion, hopefully there’s plenty here to suit you.
And if you need more recommendations, there are more great lists of Christmas picture books at All About Reading, Brightly, the Read-Aloud Revival, and Money-Saving Mom.