Last year I wrote about the Christmas and Advent books I was reading with my children, and my plans to continue adding to our collection. I wanted to get to the point where we could do a literary advent and wrap 24 books, to open and read one a day.
Thanks to looking for used books throughout the year, and a handful of new purchases this month, we’ve got enough books – now I just need to wrap them!
We’ll still use most of the books from last year (and that “baby” mentioned then? That’s H, who was 2 at the time. I wrote that post just before finding out I was having another baby, so those board books I anticipated would soon be dropped from the rotation will be sticking around a few more years. 🙂
Some of the books we’ll be adding to our reading this year that I’m most excited about:
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allen Ahlberg
This one looks like it will be so much fun. It also seems like it might be one that will require a lot of policing. 🙂
1001 Things to Spot at Christmas
My kids love these sorts of books, so this might be the first one we unwrap – I can easily imagine them both wanting to look at it day after day.
S Is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, illustrated by Pam Carroll
Beautiful illustrations, and there are two levels of text in the book – a simple entry for each letter, and then a sidebar with more details. I like that structure a lot for a wide age range.
Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
Lots of humor, and yet the focus is still on Christ. I think my kids will get a kick out of the camel’s expressions.
I’m really excited to try some of the new-to-us books with my kids this year – last year while we had several that they really enjoyed, a number were just so-so. Hopefully we can continue to develop our collection until it’s filled with nothing but hits. And I know I’ll continue to add books as they get older and can appreciate other titles more. 🙂
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