Thursday, November 30, 2006

On the first day of Christmas. . .


SO, I found a fabulous idea for Christmas time here at Tales from the Crib. I'd love to do a 12 days of Christmas and have the kids open a book each night to read. (Although I may end up with the 100 days of Christmas will all the fabulous books out there!) I also think it would be a fun idea for gift giving. . .deliver 12 wrapped books to a family and have them pass the books on the next year.

I'm enlisting your help. . .tell me your favorite book(s) for Christmas time reading with the kiddos.

11 comments:

Bek said...

Wendy...

I DO THIS!!! Those TfthC ladies don't think of EVERYTHING! ;-) Actually, we wrap all of the Christmas books (the kids get to wrap) and then we open one every night (they get to OPEN too...) and we end on the 24th when we get a NEW book.

I have a list that I am going to put up on my blog.... I was going to ask the same question.... But, here is my favorite one (and an EXCELLENT sharing time book too...).

It is called The Last Straw by Frederick Thury.... It is excellent. We choose books based on picutres. :-)

I can't wait to see what everyone else says.

Bek said...

Wendy...

A great place to get cheap books is Scholastic Books. There are thousands of books on the website (not just the few that you see in the paper they send home...). If you ask your teacher what her "number" is you can just order off the website (and she will still get the points) or just let me know and you can use my mom's number. The books are inexpensive but they also have the nice, hardback covered ones. My mom buys us a book every year for Christmas Eve (it is the new one that we get each year...).

I am going to go work on my list.
R

lisa v. clark said...

This is the Star by Joyce Denbar/Gary Bythe
Great pictures, easy for children to remember--good for early readers

A Night Without Darkness; A Nephite Christmas Story by Timothy Robinson/Jim Madsen
Great to reference the signs of Christ's birth from the perspective of a Nephite child. I've found it's great to tie in the Book of Mormon with all its many reference's to Christ's birth--references the specific scriptures, too.

A Christmas Dress for Ellen retold by Thomas S. Monson/ Ben Sowards
Fabulous pictures, and the story is just what you'd expect from President Monson.

Olive, the Other Reindeer by J.Otto Seinbold and Vivian Walsh
Not religious at all, but sure fun! The illustrations are my very, very favorite. Check your local listings for the cartoon version featuring the vocal talent of Drew Barrymore.

wendysue said...

We share the same brain. . .
Bek, "The last straw" is on my list to get
Lisa, "This is the star" is on my list too, AND "Olive"--especially since Molly is my dog lover, and I bought "A Christmas Dress for Ellen" last year. . .my favorite picture is the one of all the children snuggled in bed together. . .I would love to have a photo/drawing of my children like that. I'll check out the Nephite one too! Thanks!!

Bek said...

What is the Kwanzaa one that Guy illustrated? Do you know Lisa?

:-)

Anonymous said...

Love the idea!

One book that I like is "Santa, are you for real?". (especially if children are starting to wonder if Santa is real) It tells who St. Nicholas really was and how the whole Santa thing fits in with the real meaning of Christmas. (It does not say for sure if Santa is real or not in the book--so you can read it to any age)

Bek said...

Here is another list..... this is Design Mom's sister...

http://ekstanley.blogspot.com/

lisa v. clark said...

Yes, Guy Francis is Lorien's husband and super talented. He's illustrated a lot of cool books--check out his blog and website for Xmas gifts for the kiddies. He has a really cute one out that would be excellent to give as teacher gifts, too.

lisa v. clark said...

Yes, Guy Francis is Lorien's husband and super talented. He's illustrated a lot of cool books--check out his blog and website for Xmas gifts for the kiddies. He has a really cute one out that would be excellent to give as teacher gifts, too.

~j. said...

Santa's Kwanzaa. I had Guy autograph a few copies for me last year. Also, Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom is a great gift for your kids' teachers (also autographed).

We always just have Christmas books under the tree every year instead of the gifts (because they'd get opened). We get a few new ones each year, which the kids open with their new jammies and new ornaments that they get on the day after Thanksgiving.

Fin.

Julie said...

Try "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" by Susan Wojciechowski. (Say that name 10 times fast.) I love the story, and the illustrations are sweet.

Great idea for a tradition. Are you going to post your final list?