Each year for Advent I select 25 books to wrap and put in a basket as a countdown to Christmas day. In theory, a book a day is unwrapped and read together. In practice, we've never made it through all 25 books, though I'm hoping this year will be a first! I've been working on taking photos of books and writing a short bit of information about some of our favorites. Even though the list is not yet complete, I thought I would start on this post and add to it in the coming days. (I'll post here when it is complete for 2017!)
Favorites for Toddlers/Preschoolers
Tomie's Little Christmas Play by Tomie dePaola
This book retells the story of the birth of Jesus through a classroom play.
The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry
Simple sentences retell the birth of Jesus and why gifts are given at Christmas.
A Christmas ABC by Alice Gold
An ABC book telling the events, people, and places involved in the Christmas story.
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler
This is a sweet "circle story". It starts and ends with "...the stable where Jesus was born." Between the beginning and end, readers are introduced to others who were there when Jesus was born. Sentences are short and clear and include rhyming words.
A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Birch
Readers say "Goodnight" to people and animals in a nativity set of a small boy as he is getting tucked in to bed. Illustrations begin with full scenes from the Christmas story and end in the home of the boy. This is a very enjoyable book for the youngest ones and it is a good one for Christmas Eve as the book ends with "Goodnight---God bless the whole world, for tomorrow is Christmas Day!"
The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher
This book is patterned after "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and it is written in rhyming verse. It is a creatively written account of the "very first Christmas" and the illustrations are beautiful!
Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
In this book all the animals in a barn are getting ready for the arrival of some very special guests. Rhyming words and simple text make this an enjoyable book for very little ones.
The Friendly Beasts: An Old Christmas Carol by Tomie de Paola
I love Tomie dePaola's books and illustrations and this one is beautiful. It illustrates a Christmas carol that focuses on the gifts that animals gave to Jesus.
Come and See: A Christmas Story by Monica Mayper
In this book the birth of Jesus draws shepherds, townsfolk and travelers to "come and see"----"Come and see the world made new. The same old world, but new." They gather to see Jesus and to celebrate His birth.