Friday, November 23, 2012

winter holiday reading

i knew i was doing the right thing when i brought in the first box of holiday items for the kids - our books!  they fit right alongside our winter holiday playlist.

i don't typically put books out of reach any time of year.  but we knew last year that we'd be moving, and we have much less space here in the apartment for books, so i had to make a decision.  the kids practically jumped into the pile i made on the floor, each finding selections that appealed to them.

here's what we have acquired over the years through gifts and library & book sale finds:

for readers who love illustrations in particular:

the twelve days of christmas by laurel long

the polar express by chris van allsburg

a christmas carol by charles dickens, illustrated by p.j. lynch

the mitten by jan brett

the hat by jan brett

for nutcracker fans:

george balanchine's the nutcracker photographed and told by joel meyerowitz

pacific northwest ballet presents nutcracker

the nutcracker: a young reader's edition of the holiday classic adapted by daniel walden, illustrated by don daily

the story of the nutcracker ballet by deborah hautzig

for the youngest readers (or readers-along):

the snowman (lift the flaps) by raymond briggs

the snowman (step into reading) by raymond briggs

a silly snowy day by michael coleman

snow day by barbara joosse

hallmark story book: stories of santa

hallmark story book: the snow must go on! a way, way off-broadway adventure

the magic of christmas: a treasury of holiday stories (sandy creek press)

fisher-price little people christmas is here! (lift the flaps)

the night before christmas by clement moore, illustrated by ted rand

the night before christmas by clement moore, illustrated by wendy watson

folk tales:

baboushka and the three kings by ruth robbins

the mitten retold by alvin tresselt

christmas tapestry by patricia polacco

other delightful and entertaining selections for a variety of ages:

the story of holly and ivy by rumer godden

winter poems selected by barbara rogasky

bear mouse by berneice freschet

christmas at stony creek by stephanie greene

tim burton's the nightmare before christmas

usborne young reading: a christmas carol adapted by lesley sims

hallmark books: the joy of a peanuts christmas: 50 years of holiday comics by charles schultz

herschel and the hanukkah goblins by eric kimmel

i've just been on our library website to look up some chanukah titles to try out, and we are waiting to pick up some more about st. nicholas.  now my challenge is to find books for my favorite: winter solstice.

what stories are must-read traditions for your family for this holiday season?

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