One Book for Reading

Happy first day of the First Free MOPs blog 2nd annual ” Twelve Days of Christmas!”

When I clicked on the link that Lynette sent me, I instantly smiled.

She had guessed correctly that I would love the idea of a book tree advent.   We both agreed that the idea of gift wrapping the books was maybe a bit unrealistic for us, although it certainly looks lovely on the blog post.  But, being a former teacher, I have LOTS of file folders.  Rather than just making a pile of books that I want to read this Christmas season, I numbered 25 file folders.  I picked out a book for each day – shorter ones for days that already seem like they will be busy.    On the “Reading Confetti” site she gave her list of books, and I am sure they are just fine.  But I wanted my book list to emphasize Christ and His birth, as well as the season of giving.  So I gathered books by going through my own personal collection and also checked out nativity books from the library.  Now I feel hopeful that I will actually read through my Christmas book collection this year!  I decided that I will let my kids read the books in the file folders whenever they want – the books will not be off limits.  But I am not going to read the book to them until the assigned day.  I did keep some of our titles out of the folders that I will be willing to read to them more frequently.

For fun, here is a picture of my collage of books – I cleared a spot on my shelves.  Definitely does not look as pretty as the original advent book tree.

Book Advent Tree

Important note: this is me being true to me.  I read to my kids pretty much every day.  While one of my posts may include some craft ideas, you will never find me posting “The 25 crafts of Christmas.”  That would STRESS ME OUT.  If the idea of trying to fit in one more thing stresses you out, I would encourage you to pick 4 titles that sound interesting to you, then strive to read ONE book a week this Christmas season.  One book that reminds you that this is the season of Christ’s birth.

Here is my book list.  At the end, I included a few extra books, in case you need more library suggestions.  I plan on previewing a few more nativity books, then will make a comment on this post in a few days if I find anymore that are acceptable.  I have found a few “nativity” books that are actually mystical, rather than biblical, so you do need to be cautious when choosing books from a secular setting, such as the library.

1) * The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski %

2) *The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas

3) The Christmas Story (Little Golden Book)

4) King of the Stable by Melody Carlson

5) Andro, the Star of Bethlehem by Anne Claire

6) The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall (how he served Christ)

7) * Angela and Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt %

8) * The Not-So Wise Man by Alan MacDonald

9) * The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

10) *One Small Lost Sheep by Claudia Mills

11) The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

12) * The Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco %

13) Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis

14) *The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

15) The Littlest Magi by Chris Auer

16) * Joy to the World by Dina Anastasio

17) While Shepherds Watched by Jenni Fleetwood

18) * What Can I Give Him? by Debi Gliori

19) * B is for Bethlehem (A Christmas Alphabet) by Isabel Wilner

20) The Christmas Soup by Alice Faye Duncan

21)* The Gift of the Magi by O Henry (not completely about Christ but about giving!) %

22) * Hurry, Hurry, Have You Heard? by Laura Krauss Melmed

23) Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella by Adrienne Adams

24) * The Christmas Cross by Max Lucado %

25) Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr. %

Santa – Are You for Real? by Harold Myra

One Baby Jesus by Patricia Pingery (Boardbook)

* The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

* One Winter’s Night by John Herman

* On This Special Night by Claire Freedman

*The Quiet Little Woman (and other stories) by Louisa May Alcott % (one I plan to read some afternoon as I am snuggled up with just my daughter)

* Alabaster’s Song , * The Crippled Lamb and * Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado

* The Legend of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall

* One  Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham %

* This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar

* A Christmas Star Called Hannah by Vivian French

*Books found at the library

%Books that are longer that may not work well with younger preschoolers

Happy reading!