The 25 Books of Christmas

This year, our family is attempting the Book-A-Day Advent Calendar, as seen around Pinterest. Over the last few months, I was able to screen more than FIFTY winter/holiday/Christmas-related books, thanks to our local metro-library network. The 25 Books of Christmas: Book-A-Day Advent Calendar

I was overall seeking secular books that were still morally relevant to the season, and maybe even with a poignant story, but also not totally discounting the entertaining seasonally-themed books for pure enjoyment. I ended up choosing 14 new selections to add to what we already have (weeding out quite a few from the original stash).

The books will be wrapped, and placed “around” (near?) our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, until we get the full-sized tree up.

Here is our complete 24-book plan for this month, in no particular order:

'Jolly Old Santa Claus' by 'Sparkie' & George Hinke 'The Golden Christmas Tree' by Jan Wahl & Leonard Weisgard 'Night Tree' by Eve Bunting & Ted Rand Hilary Knight's 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'

'Little Rabbit's Christmas' by Harry Horse 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' by Dr. Seuss 'Merry Christmas Mom and Dad' by Mercer Mayer 'Over and Under the Snow' by Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal

'The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice' by Wendy Pfeffer & Jesse Reisch 'Curious George: Snowy Day' by H. A. Rey 'Snow' by Cynthia Rylant & Lauren Stringer 'Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas!' by Tad Hills

'The Night Before the Night Before Christmas' by Natasha Wing & Mike Lester 'Owl Moon' by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr 'The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher' by Robert Kraus & Vip 'Just Right for Christmas' by Birdie Black & Rosalind Beardshaw

'Russell's Christmas Magic' by Rob Scotton 'Snowden' by Nancy Carlson 'The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree' by David Rubel & Jim LaMarche 'Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?' by Jan Brett

'The Mole Family's Christmas' by Russell & Lillian Hoban 'Peter Claus and the Naughty List' by Lawrence David & Delphine Durand 'My Wonderful Christmas Tree' by Dahlov Ipcar 'blank

Reserved especially for Christmas Eve is my lovely “vintage” (1988) Hallmark pop-up The Night Before Christmas [+|+] — my favorite childhood Christmas book :)

I also purchased Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, after reading a library copy. The story is so touching. I really want my 8-year-old son to experience this bittersweet tale of more humble times; about misfits and poverty, family-ties and the spirit of giving.

'A Christmas Memory' by Truman Capote

It’s definitely not age-appropriate for my 3-year-old, so I think I’ll bundle it with the Duck & Goose board book, and on that night they will each have their own book to read.

I am so looking forward to all this cozy holiday reading!

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