New Christmas Books

New Christmas Books 2014Last 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the books we’ll be adding to our reading this year that I’m most excited about:

The Jolly Christmas PostmanThe Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

1001 Things to Spot at Christmas1001 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 AlphabetS Is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet (Alphabet Books) by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, illustrated by Pam Carroll 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 ChristmasHumphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Oh yay! I love those posts because they always remind me to buy a new Xmas book for my kids. We have several, but like you I like to add to the collection just a bit each year. One I really love with a emphasis on Jesus, not Santa, is Little Star. (Warning — it’s a tearjerker, at least for me! Although the Christmas story in general really makes me weepy since becoming a mom.)

    • Thanks for the tip – I’ll look for that one. And pre-read it, to make sure I can read it to the kids without crying; they don’t like it when books make me cry, and it gets them worked up in not-a-good-way.

  2. YES! Police your Jolly Christmas Postman! Ours is missing most of the inserts now. As is our non-holiday Jolly Postman book about the fairy tale characters. They are so great when all the pieces are in place though!

    • I was tempted to try the non-holiday version, but figured policing this one during a short reading season would be easier than keeping track of the other one all the time. Games and toys with missing pieces drive me crazy so I’m doing my best to set us up for success at keeping the book complete.

  3. Love seeing an Usborne book on here ๐Ÿ™‚


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