Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Books We Have

When we got out our ornaments Saturday night, we also got out the box that contains the collection of Christmas books that I started when I worked at a bookstore for four Christmases. I really thought I had more books in that box, and I wish I had collected a few since then (can it really be six years ago since I left?), but I thought I'd share a list of the books we have. Abigail has also received a few Christmas books of her own, and I combined them in a great stack to read together.

The books we own:
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson - This isn't a picture book, and is too old for Abigail anyway. This has been one of my favorites for years, but that's another story for another day.
  • Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies - This version is illustrated by Tommy dePaola. I think it's basically the novelized version of the original screenplay. I love this story!
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs - Our version is a chunky board book that has words. I bought it as a decoration years ago and now Abigail asks me to read it.
  • Helping Holiday Hands - This a Rudolph board book that I bought as a decoration. The cover is the Abominable Snow Monster.
  • The Night Before Christmas - a board book version I got for $1 at Walmart for Abigail's first Christmas when we really could only read board books to her (10 month olds are tough on paper books)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit - another board book that I got for a $1 last year (perhaps I need to check there this year - I really like their little board books)
  • The Snowman Postman by Andy Rector - An out-of-print book that Grandma sent to Abigail.
  • The Gingerbread Boy - Another book from Grandma for Abigail.
  • A Christmas Anthology To Ring In The Season edited by Carol Kelly-Gangi - One year when I worked at the bookstore, Christmas anthologies seemed to be in. I really liked the one Mary Engelbreit did, but sometimes her artwork is overwhelming. I ended up getting the Barnes & Noble anthology because it had several stories I thought were essential. Now I wish I'd gone with something a little flashier.
  • 'Twas the Night of Christ's Birth by Donna Miles - I'm fairly certain this was a review copy given to me by the author who was hoping to do a book signing at our store (which I believe we did). The author is from Kentucky and pairs the Christmas story with sepia photos of children dressed up as characters. The cover is three children dressed as the wise men and one child dressed as a camel. It's really a beautiful book. It isn't available on amazon, but the details are here.
  • The Sweetest Christmas (A Pooh Little Golden Book) - I love Little Golden Books!
  • Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer - I'm a big fan of the Little Critter books, too.
  • The First Christmas retold by Gaby Goldsack - The illustrations (by Caroline Pedler) are nice and colorful. This was sent by Grandma to Abigail.
  • The Little Fir Tree retold by Gaby Goldsack - This is from the same series as the above and was also sent by Grandma.
  • Christmas Is Here (a Strawberry Shortcake book) - This is a beginning-to-read book, which I mostly put away since I think it defeats the purpose of the book for me to read it to Abigail. My mom bought this one because our nursery is decorated in Strawberry Shortcake and I'm obsessed with it.
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss - My mom bought this either for Abigail's first Christmas or the Christmas that I was pregnant. We haven't read it yet, but I'm excited to have this classic.
  • If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff - I bought this the year it was released. I've been a fan of the Cookie Mouse for years and was really excited to have a Christmas version. Abigail requested that I read it first.
  • Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home For Christmas by Holly Hobbie - I love all the original Toot & Puddle books and this is no exception.
  • How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky - This is so cute. Santa tries out different jobs and then gets hired by the elves. There aren't too many words, and I used to read it at storytime at the store.
  • The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Tasha Tudor - I'm a late-comer to Tasha Tudor. The intricate details of her illustrations are magical.
  • Santa Cows by Cooper Edens - This is one of many adaptations of The Night Before Christmas. This was given to me because of my cow obsession.
  • The Christmas Humbugs by Colleen Monroe - This was a review copy given to me by the publisher. The Christmas humbugs play tricks on the family.
  • The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Mary Engelbreit - Engelbreit's excess lends itself well to this Christmas story. Her Santa is jolly, her decorations are festive, and there's a Scottie dog. I'm so glad I bought this one!
(I think it goes without saying who wrote The Night Before Christmas, but just in case, all my editions were written by Clement C. Moore.)


Jennifer said...

One of the other blogs I read (Thrifty Florida Mama-it's mostly a bargain blog) talked about how she wraps all her holiday books and then they open and read one each night in December instead of having an advent calendar. I thought that was a fun idea, and wished we had enough books to do that. Looks like you do!

Sian said...

Fascinating list! I love Christmas books too. Have you tried Lucy and Tom's Christmas by Shirley Hughes? It's a real UK classic with beautiful drawings.

Amy said...

WOW! You have a lot of Christmas books! We have a few. I give Simon one every Christmas Eve with pajamas that we put on and read before going to bed to wait for Santa. I always buy my book for the following year the day after Christmas on sale at Barnes & Noble or Borders. :)