This week, Three Thinking Mothers are featuring favorite holiday books, and readers are invited to link up their favorite Christmas books posts. Like many of you, we have a tradition here at the House of Hope of unwrapping and reading a Christmas book a day in December, so Christmas books are something I’ve written a lot about here at Hope Is the Word. (I also get lots of Christmas books from the libraries I frequent, so we have plenty of choices each year at Christmas!) I thought I’d do a big round-up post of all my Christmas book reviews, just in case anyone still needs inspiration:
- My first Read Aloud Thursday post, in which I review several Christmas books from the library
- Favorite toddler and preschool books from our Christmas book basket
- Nine Days to Christmas, a vintage Caldecott winner
- A couple of Christmas stories for slightly older children
- The Jesse Tree and others
- Who could forget The Polar Express?!?
- Christmas around the World: Mexico
- Christmas around the World: Russia (Baboushka and the Three Kings)
- St. Nicholas Day books
- Jan Brett Christmas books
- Books by Nikki Grimes, Pearl S. Buck, and Sally Lloyd-Jones
Chapter Books for the Young and Young-at-Heart:
I did ask the girls to pick their favorite Christmas books, and do you know what Lulu picked? Arthur’s Christmas! Yes, of all the books we’ve read and enjoyed, she picked the one about the cartoon aardvark. 😉 I have to give it to Marc Brown, though–the Arthur books have it all: characterization, interesting plots, and big brother/little sister humor. They are fun!
Louise’s picks are a little more along the lines of what I expected. She first named The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado as her favorite, and then she amended her selection to include An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco.
It just happened that we had read both books earlier in the day, but I agree on both counts: The Crippled Lamb really is one of my favorites, and anything by Patricia Polacco gets me right in the heart. I hope to review An Orange for Frankie this year, so stay tuned.
On that note, I have several Christmas books still to review, so be sure to come back this Read Aloud Thursday for the next one!