Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas Reading List--Guest Post

Our cousin, Annette, is a book fiend. She freely admits it. And we are freely going to use it to our advantage. She posted on her own personal blog (earlier in October no less) about the Christmas reading list she was putting together for her kids this season and we asked if she'd be willing to share it with everyone. We thought we'd get this out sooner than later so if you like the idea you, too, can get started on rounding up the Christmas/Seasonal books your family likes.


One of our favorite family traditions every December is reading a Christmas story by the Christmas tree. And every December it's one of the traditions that quite often gets skipped due to parties, school events, getting home late, etc.

This year, however, I have vowed to have a slower, quieter, more meaningful Christmas season. I hope. I saw the idea on a couple different blogs of wrapping the Christmas books and then letting kids unwrap one each night to read. The only problem with that was that about half of my stories are just typed ones that I have in a big binder. My girls prefer stories with pictures anyway, so I figured this was a good year to stock up on Christmas books.

Amazon - which just barely gets edged out by Target as my #1 place to shop - has been a great place to find very cheap, used Christmas books. Most of the ones I bought this year were hardcover books in "like new" or "very good" condition and cost $0.01 plus $3.99 shipping. I think the most expensive one I bought was $2.00 plus shipping. Over the past couple of months I've bought 2 or 3 each payday. There are still a few I'd like to get but now that I have enough to get us through Christmas Day I'm not in such a hurry.

I tried to keep the books a secret but my kids quickly figured out what I was doing and quite often I catch them trying to cheat and read them ahead of time. Then I threaten to call Santa Claus, they cry and scream, and order is restored.

Here's the list of what we'll be reading this December:

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer retold by Dennis R. Shealy

  2. Frosty the Snowman retold by Annie North Bedford

  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

  4. Santa Claus by Rod Green

  5. Magical Hands by Marjorie Barker Yoshi (technically not a Christmas book but it's got an inspiring message and we always read it at Christmas)
  6. Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard H. Schneider

  7. The Bears' Christmas by Stan & Jan Berenstain

  8. How Many Miles to Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland

  9. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski (How'd you like that last name?) ***There is also a DVD of this story that Renae found at her local library. Check yours, they may have it also.
  10. This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten
  11. Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift by Max Lucado

  12. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  13. Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? by Laura Rader

  14. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatin

  15. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

  16. The Christmas Humbugs by Colleen Monroe
  17. Christmas Oranges retold by Linda Bethers

  18. The Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne
  19. The Little Shepherd Girl by Juliann Henry
  20. The Tale of Three Trees retold by Angela Elwell Hunt

  21. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
  22. Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera
  23. Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer
  24. Russell's Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton

  25. Jingle Bells Illustrated by Kathleen O'Malley

  26. Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson will be my 8 O'Clock Club selection (the book I read at bedtime with my kids) this year. A few other classics are missing from this list mostly because we watch them rather than read them in December. Having my husband, Ron, make us hot chocolate, then watching him sing and dance to the hot chocolate song in The Polar Express has become a tradition we would never, ever give up.


Thanks, Annette! If you want to leave us a comment telling us about a book or books your family loves to read for the season, we'd love to hear your recommendations, too.


  1. This is a way fun tradition. We always sing a song after the book too. It makes the month feel really Christmassy. But there are so many good Christmas stories out there, its hard to limit it to just under 30.

  2. Our favorite Christmas book is I Believe in Santa Claus by Diane G. Adamson. I love it because it ties in Santa to the true meaning of Christmas.
    We just had our first baby and I am totally doing this tradition!

  3. We always read twas the night before christmas, but I was looking to get some different ones, thanks for the inspiration!

  4. One of my family's favorites: Mr Willowby's Christmas tree by Robert Barry

  5. Sounds like a fun tradition! We may have to start building up our Christmas books- we only have a few! I am not familiar with Snowmen at Christmas- but we are HUGE fans of Snowmen at night! And we read it all year long...



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