christmas books chosen by a (thrifty) librarian

okay, so some of these books were chosen simply because they were available at the frugal muse or at better world books and they looked good to me.  some we haven’t opened yet, so i can’t say whether or not they’re popular, but i will say that all of the books we’ve opened so far have been on regular rotation here.

what we’ve opened so far:

dream snow by eric carle–a lovely, less-well-known christmas title with a bonus button that plays twinkly (non-melodic) music at the end.  a huge hit! (this one is a library copy, but we may need to buy our own copy next year)

away in a manger by jan lewis–found this at frugal muse.  board book with endearing and modern illustrations.  the text is simply the lyrics to two favorite christmas carols.  simple, but really nice to read at bedtime

christmas in a manger by nola buck–library copy, love these illustrations (by felicia bond–see also below) and simple rhyming text

if you take a mouse to the movies by laura numeroff–purchased a used copy.  this one is nicknamed, “caw-corn!”

how the grinch stole christmas by dr. seuss— owned it already.  i thought it might be too long, but so far we’ve read it once a day and he sits for the whole thing.

who is coming to our house by joseph slate–library copy.  recommended by this blogger, thought i’d try it out.

still left to open (owned books)

twelve days of christmas illus. by hilary knight — mr. knight (yes, hilary is a man’s name in england, apparently) has always been one of my very favorite illustrators.

mr. willowby’s christmas tree by robert e. barry — this one is a favorite from my childhood (although i kind of wish i’d bought the single-color illustrated version for nostalgia’s sake…)

morris’ disappearing bag by rosemary wells — possibly my favorite holiday book to use at the library if i’m doing a holiday storytime because it doesn’t directly reference santa or jesus, plus it’s a fun little story.

bob and 6 more christmas stories by sandra boynton — i couldn’t resist.  i’ve loved all of her other board books in this format!

twas the night before christmas by gyo fujikawa — hmmm… this copy is a bit more battered and faded than i’d expected.  we may have to upgrade to bruce whatley’s version next year…

merry christmas, let’s all sing (board book set) by grace lin — three board books, each featuring a different christmas carol illustrated by ms. lin sounds like a winner to me.  we’ll see! (my copy arrived without the cd, so i can’t speak to the quality of that, but i’m not too worried about knowing the tunes…)

christmas is coming:  favorite christmas rhymes to read and sing again and again by allie busby–more carols?  maybe i should have titled this post, “christmas books chosen by a (thrifty) music lover”

still left to open (library books)

counting to christmas by nancy tafuri–not a ton of text on each large, fully illustrated page, thought we’d try it out

three bears christmas by kathy duval–looks funny, but the joke may be lost on the happy baby this year.

minerva louise on christmas eve by janet morgan stoeke — silly chicken

i think that’s all of them.  if i was a really nice blogger, i’d have added thumbnail images of each book cover, but i barely have time to post links here (sorry they’re all mostly amazon.  i usually try to link to smaller vendors…).  if anyone has a very, very favorite christmas book that they don’t see listed here that they’d like to recommend (other than polar express, olive the other reindeer, and the wonderful pop-up book “cookie count” which i already know about), i’m open to suggestions.

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7 Responses to christmas books chosen by a (thrifty) librarian

  1. Rebekah says:

    I love this list! I’ve seen quite a few of these go by on the bookmobile

    My favorite kid’s Christmas book (and the only kid’s book I own) is Apple Tree Christmas.

  2. ruhama says:

    one from my childhood that i bought for all my siblings a couple years ago: the sweet smell of christmas by patricia scarry.

  3. Amy J says:

    we have a lot of the standard books that we read last year for our christmas advent – rudolph, frosty, night before, olive, grinch etc but here are some that i liked

    the gingerbread pirates – by kristin kladstrup – josh and i both like this one a lot

    snowman at christmas by carolyn buehner

    a wish to be a christmas tree by colleen monroe

    bear stays up for christmas by karma wilson this one is more of a nora favorite than mine (it is fine though)

    we also have many of the books from this national geographic series on different celebrations that we read we didn’t time them exactly to conincide to when they were celebrated, but it seemed like a good time to do it and i thought ben would be into it. i was surprised even last year nora (who i didn’t think would be as interested) listened to these books intently

    thanks for your list – we had a couple of old books from when josh was a kid that i wanted to cycle out of our holiday books and now i have some new ones to look up!

  4. Claudia says:

    I love “A Small Miracle” by Peter Collington, and am trying to sell it on Amazon, as it’s a duplicate in our house. A religious theme, no words, great pictures. Also, through the years I’ve been buying used copies of The First Noel: A Child’s Book of Christmas Carols, so we can all sing together. The art inside is pleasing. (I have very young grandchildren who can’t read yet, so have plenty of time to add to the collection.)

  5. Sarah says:

    The 12 Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale is HILARIOUS! Especially if you can get all your story time kids to really let loose for those 5 bott-o-ries! (I sing read it and flip backwards to each illustration as I do, so they get to see all the bots each time. They LOVE it!)

  6. jennifer says:

    Love your list, definitely will check some of them out at the Library! I stash away all the christmas books we have in November, so they’ll be fresh for the whole month of Dec, and we always, always love the books written and illustrated by Jan Brett! Some are Christmas-related, and others are related to snowy wintry days, like “The mitten” or ” The Hat” but the pictures are beautiful and we spend so much time staring at the pages and noticing something new we didn’t see last time. I found a great copy of a collection of her stories at the thrift shop (!!!!) and it’s easily become our favorite book, year-round!

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