Monday, November 19, 2012

33 Books For Counting Down to Christmas


Each year I wrap up enough Christmas books to countdown from Thanksgiving until Christmas.  This year I labeled them all so we can do a craft to go along with each book and to make sure some of our favorites weren’t left for the very end!  I have received a lot of these books from or from a local book fair at a fraction of the price. 

I wanted to share this list with you since over the years we have weeded out some we don’t like as we have added some new ones.  So with out further ado here are our books for this year.

  1. Olive, the other reindeer by Vivian Walsh– A cute story about a dog that thinks she  is “Olive the other reindeer” and goes to the north pole to help Santa.
  2. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore and Jan Brett – This is a new one to us this year!  This is the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas poem but with Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations.  I know Sammy is just going to love it!
  3. A Merry Bunny Christmas by Grosset & Dunlap- Max and Ruby are decorating the tree and Max keeps adding toys.  Ruby says they don’t belong on the tree.  There is a cute twist at the end of the story!
  4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – Cute story about a stuffed rabbit that a boy receives for Christmas that wants to become real. 
  5. Merry Christmas, Curious George! by H.A Rey – In classic Curious George fashion George gets separated from the man with the yellow hat.  He gets taken away on the top of his favorite tree and finds himself at the children’s hospital.  Will George ruin their Christmas?
  6. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne – Wonderful story about how the Christmas tree became a symbol for Christmas and how to tell people about God!
  7. The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas by Justine Korman – Poky little puppy is well loved at our house.  In this story it is his first Christmas and he learns the gift of giving.
  8. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado – This book is new to our countdown this year.  This is a wonderful story about a crippled lamb who wants to be like everyone else.  God has a special plan for his life (and our lives)!
  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen – Classic book about the song! 
  10. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg –A new person comes to a small prairie town in November.  Everyone is wondering why he is there.  Lucy befriends the newcomer and helps to spread the legend of the candy cane!
  11. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett – A cute twist on the classic gingerbread boy book!
  12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – How could we not read this one!!
  13. Silent Night by Will Moses – In a small Vermont town everyone is rushing to get ready for Christmas.  However the Miller family knows there is something more exciting happening.
  14. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies – Sammy loves these style books and likes to create his own stories like this!
  15. The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear by Jan and Stan Berenstain – The bear cubs meet Santa bear and questions about Santa are answered.
  16. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren – Wonderful book about who invented Christmas and who is more important Santa of God!
  17. Mickey's Christmas Carol by Sanday Creek – a Mickey version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.
  18. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister – The Christmas star is about shepherd and kings that follow the start to find Jesus.
  19. Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell – This story is about Clifford and Emily Elizabeth’s traditions leading up to Christmas
  20. The Christmas Mouse by Stephanie Jeffs – A mouse falls into a book and we get to experience the nativity scene through the eyes of the mouse.
  21. Wise Old Owl's Christmas Adventure by Robert Kraus – Wise Old Owl is suppose to play Santa Claus Amanda Bear’s Christmas party. But he almost misses it .
  22. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz – A book based on the classic movie.  It has very few omissions. 
  23. I Spy Christmas by Jean Marzollo – an I Spy book full of Christmas treasures.  I think this will be the next book we replace since it is not really a story.  I will, however, keep this book around for us to look for hidden objects!
  24. Baby Jesus – this is a customized book with Sammy’s name in it.  He gets to help the wise men bring gifts to baby Jesus!  How fun!
  25. Letter to Santa by Gaby Goldsack – Cute story about a the journey a boy’s letter takes to get to Santa.
  26. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – Bear’s friends are determined to help him stay away for Christmas.  Will they succeed?
  27. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett – A beautifully illustrated version of the 12 days of Christmas!
  28. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck – A boy receives a sweater for Christmas and is disappointed.  However, something wonderful happens and allows him to see the love behind the gift.  This book is adapted from the novel.
  29. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – A wonderful story about a boy who no longer believes in Santa.  Only to be taken to the North Pole and come face to face with him.
  30. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – A farmer’s wife learns the true meaning of Christmas from a child after she plans to keep the prettiest pine tree for her family.
  31. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett – Teeka tries to train Santa’s reindeer for flight.  She, however, is too bossy.  Will she be able to train them in time?
  32. Frosty the Snowman – Not much to add to this one! 
  33. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore – This book has the most beautiful illustrations and a CD that reads the story!