Friday, 6 November 2009

Our Advent Book Basket

For those thinking ahead to advent, I thought I would share the books we have in our advent book basket.
I would love to hear of the books & stories you share with your children at this time of year, so please do leave a comment to let me know.

The Very First Christmas

great Christmas read aloud

The First Christmas

We have had this for years - I think it was the first Christmas book I bought when Elianna was a tiny baby

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore; illustrated by Tasha Tudor

If you know Tasha Tudor, you know this will be stunning!

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

another great read aloud

Mary did you know?

Lyrics to the beautiful song - comes with a CD

Favorite Christmas Carols

A gorgeous book, with favorite carols.

The Cobweb Curtain

oh, I love this lovely re-telling of the legend! Do take a look at Dawn's wonderful blog for ideas on how to enjoy this story with your own children.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Board Book by Jan Brett

beautifuly illustrated by Jan Brett

Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery

For fans of Green Gables!

My First Story of Christmas

Given to my very own Rebekah Rose on her Christmas Eve dedication : )

The Tailor of Gloucester (The World of Beatrix Potter) by Beatrix Potter

A Christmas Classic!

Jesus' Christmas Party

My girls love the repetition of this book

Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers

Just beautiful

Country Angel Christmas by Tomie dePaola

a great story for the littlies

Merry the Lamb Finds Baby Jesus

Another very old book from our collection

This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar

stunning illustrations, gentle, rhythmic narrative.

The Legend of the Candy Cane

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

These are my three new books for this year : )


Jeanne said...

Can't wait until our basket comes out again!!

Lynn said...

oooh, Jeanne! it is exciting, isnt it!

Becky said...

Thanks Lynn, I actually have a few of those (or more than a few actually) However, I'm surprised not to see
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
The Greatest Gift the story of the other wise man
The Tale of Three Trees.

Some great books for littlies though and I need all the help I can get in that department!!! Beginning to get excited now!!!

Lynn said...

thanks for the recommendations, Becky : )

Anonymous said...

What a great list, thank you for sharing! I really struggle with finding the right way to explain Santa to my 4-yr. old. Last year we really likes Santa, Are You For Real by Harold Myra :)

Lynn said...

Thank you Jen - & another new book for me to look into - thank you : )

Hannah said...

Lovely selection!
I managed to get a vintage copy of Tahsa Tudor's Take Joy! book, it's absolutely amazing but out of print now so quite pricey, but one to really treasure.

Jen said...

Hi Lynn, have you read "The Donkey's Dream" by Barbara Helen Berger? I just love her books & they all make me teary-eyed with sweet emotion.

I have to get out the books from upstairs, but there is another sweet one called, "The Bear's Christmas" by Brigitte Frey Moret.

I also am setting aside much of Dec to read lots of larger books to the girls, including, "Mary's Little Donkey and the Flight to Egypt" by Gunhild Sehlin, "Lara's Frist Christmas" by Alice O. Howell, "Nativity Stories" by Alan Howard, "The Emperor's Vision and other Christ Legends" by Selma Lagerlof, "The Lion in the Box: A Christmas Story" by Marguerite DeAngeli"The Christmas Story Book" by Ineke Verschuren, and I ordered "Christmas Roses", but haven't seen it yet. I also wanted to do "The Light in the Lantern", but that's on my wish list...I'll have to list our board books and shorter books when I get the books down from the shelves in my closet upstairs! I'll be back soon with those, but am excited to check out your book recs! Great idea to post them here :D Dec is by far my favorite month of the year! So special!!!!

Lynn said...

Jen, thank s so much for sharing all those resources!
I will be trawling amazon tonight ; )

Lynn said...

oh, Hannah! I am waiting of a copy of take joy to arrive!!!!! Glad to hear you like it - i love Tasha Tudor
: )

Jen said...

Hey Lynn, I found another one that is really a sweet story that is tied into the Christmas season at the end of the book, but it's called, "The Little Troll" by Thomas Berger & Ronald Heuninck. It'll be the first time the girls hear it, but I've been saving it for Dec! Here's the US amazon link to see reviews & descriptions...hth!

This post is such fun, Lynn!

Lynn said...

thanks, Jen! I will check it out : )