Last year we started the advent style tradition of reading Christmas and winter themed books each night in the month of December. It was such a big hit for our girls (now ages 2 and 6) we are doing it again this year. I love the notion that we can mix up our selections each year with library titles and then deliberately choose to make purchases focusing upon ones that we absolutely adore.
I'm quite selective about children's book in general and when you are talking Christmas books it adds a whole new layer to my book neurosis. Classic and solid story lines, beautiful illustration/design and high marks on review meters are my general guidelines. I also like to keep it real and adaptable with our kid's ages since our girls are still pretty young.
Here is my list of favorite Christmas books for 2012:
1 Pashmina the Little Christmas Goat - We loved this book so much from last year I purchased it. The story is heartwarming and the watercolor illustrations are gorgeous!
2 Reindeer Christmas - Another selective purchase but worthy of a repeat, it is so beautifully illustrated.
3 Dream Snow - Eric Carle is sure prolific eh?
4 Uncle Vova's Tree - A Russian tale.
5 The Mitten: An Old Ukrainian Folktale - A Ukrainian folk tale
8 Madeline's Christmas - Madeline is a household favorite.
10 A Christmas Carol (BabyLit) - This will appeal to our two year old, for sure.
11 Father Christmas Goes on Holiday - This looks quirky and fun.
16 The Third Gift - Got this last year and it remains on the list. A great overall story about Myrrh.
23 Letters From Father Christmas : Tolkien wrote this one and our book club is reading it this month, will probably read the girls only excerpts as it is on the longer side.
24 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer : A classic and look forward to seeing this vintage version.