Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas and Winter Picture Books from A-Z

Do you like our picture book tree skirt? I gathered up all of our winter and Christmas titles so that we can start reading some of the books together every night in December. Someday I'd love to make an Advent calendar out of books, like the one on the Jolly Mom blog. However, this year we will count down to Christmas by reading holiday and winter themed books from A-Z (1-25). This is not meant as a "best of" list. All the titles in my list are from our home library (some I purchased and some are copies received for review). I have a few empty letter entries, so if you have any suggestions for those letters, please let me know. I'll need to make a trip to the library if we hope to complete our A-Z Christmas book challenge!

A - An Angel Came to Nazareth by Anthony Knott, illustrated by Maggie Kneen
B - The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll
C - Christmas Mice by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman
D - Willow and the Snow Day Dance (2010) by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Cyd Moore
E - ? - suggestion: The Elves' First Christmas by Atsuko Morozumi (2010)
F - First Dog's White House Christmas (2010) by J. Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello, illustrated by Tim Bowers
G - God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren, illustrated by David Hohn
H - Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate, illustated by Ashley Wolff
I - Noodles: I Love Snow! by Hans Wilhelm
J - The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving (2010) by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
K - Thomas Kinkade Away in a Manger
L - Llama Llama Holiday Drama (2010) by Anna Dewdney
M - The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
N - The Night Before Christmas (2010) illustrated by Robert Ingpen
O - Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh, illustrated by J.otto Seibold
P - The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Q - ? suggestion: Queen of Christmas by Mary Engelbreit
R - A Royal Christmas (Disney Princess) (2010) by Lisa Ann Marsoli
S - Small, Medium and Large (2010) by Jane Monroe Donovan
T - This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten, illustrated by Delana Bettoli
U - ?
V - The Very Snowy Christmas by Diana Hendry, illustrated by Jane Chapman
W - White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
X/Y - Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus (2010) by Chris Plehal, illustrated by James Bernardin
Z - ?

What are your favorite holiday or winter themed picture books? We continue to expand our collection every year and would love your suggestions. Any newly published ones you are hoping to buy this year?


Anonymous said...

Great idea! Super list too. I can't think of any that fill in the missing letters though.

Terry Doherty said...

We love Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas, a muppetized version of the traditional carol.

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve is (I think) a Ukrainian folktale ... that might give you the "U".

I love the Auntie Claus books, too. Great message. The Miracle of the First Poinsettia is also a very lovely book. The story is great, but the illustrations are incredible!

Lynn said...

What a great idea! You made me wonder how many Christmas books we have.

Betty said...

I came over to thank you for entering my giveaway and found your wonderful blog. By entering "Zelda Christmas book" into my search engine, I discovered "Zelda and Ivy:One Christmas," by Laura McGee Kvasnosky. It looks worth checking out.

Betty said...

Maybe this would work for Q: "Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts" by Anna Grossnickle Hines. I haven't read any of the poems, but they are apparently about winter celebrations and accompanied by beautiful quilts.