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christmas books for children this advent season

December 2, 2011

A few months back, I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved the thought of having Christmas kid lit available for Sam to read during the Advent season.  Instead of using a basket, I decided to wrap the books up, number them accordingly, and display them in our children’s library bookcase.

Each night of Advent, after we finish our devotions and light our candles, Sam gets to open one of these books.  The best part about using books for gifts is that each day his collection grows, and by the end of Advent, he has a wonderful Christmas library to enjoy!

Since Sam was born, it has been a tradition for us to buy a new Christmas book (or two!) each December to give him as a gift.  We have a nice, small collection but are far from having enough books for each day of Advent.  To solve this problem, in early November, I reserved from the library the rest of the books that I would need in order to make sure we were covered (I also wanted to allow enough time so that once I checked them out, I could reserve them through Advent)!

A number of you have e-mailed me and requested the list of books that we are using.  I’m sure this list will probably grow and change a bit from year to year as our children get older (there are so many good ones out there!), but here are the ones we chose for this Advent season (some better than others, of course).

Oh, and one more thing, we will only be in town through December 16th before we begin our annual, month-long tour of Texas, so we  needed only 16 books this year, instead of the usual 25.

  1. Who is Coming to Our House?
  2. Humphrey’s First Christmas
  3. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
  4. Little One, We Knew You’d Come
  5. Tale of Three Trees
  6. Christmas is Here
  7. Room for a Little One
  8. Father and Son: A Nativity Story
  9. The Jesse Tree (we use this one as a picture book for Sam to flip through until he is a bit older)
  10. Christmas in the Manger
  11. To Hear the Angels Sing: A Christmas Poem
  12. Christmas in the Barn
  13. The Shine Man: A Christmas Story
  14. Good King Wenceslas
  15. Great Joy
  16. The Innkeeper, a poem written by our pastor from the perspective of the Innkeeper at Bethlehem.  We already owned this book and even though it was written for an older audience, we’re interested to see how Sam responds to it.  We’ll read it together as a family and discuss the pictures.

I’m excited that a number of you might start this little tradition as well!  And please share with me some of your favorite Christmas kid lit that I might not have listed, we’re always looking for more to check out at the library.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Teri Crappel permalink
    December 2, 2011 11:44 am

    What’s advent and what do you do for it? email me!

  2. December 2, 2011 3:02 pm

    We also like:

    “The Advent Book” by Jack and Kathy Stockman (cool book with a Christmas door” to open for each day in Advent.

    “The Crippled Lamb” by Max Lucado
    “Through the Animals Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas” by Christopher Wormell
    “A Christmas Story” by Brian Wildsmith
    “One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham
    “The Little Boys Bible Christmas Storybook for Mothers and Sons” by Larsen

    It’s not a book, but it’s been a BIG deal when each of the kids has been able to read the nightly readings that go with our Noel Calendar all by themselves.

    Some non-Advent Christmas books that we like are–
    “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
    “The 12 Days of Christmas Pop-up Book” by Robert Sabuda
    “The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Book” by Robert Sabuda
    “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by CS Lewis Because Father Christmas makes an appearance, it’s a “Christmas book”

  3. Jordan permalink
    December 12, 2011 12:08 am

    We are doing this advent book idea this year too! It has been so fun! One of the best Christmas books we have is called God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I will check out the Song of the Stars.

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