Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Books for Baby

I love the idea of the "25 Books of Christmas". Having 25 Christmas books to unwrap during the month of December, one for every night, to then read before bed or as a family under the Christmas tree. A full on Christmas book advent calendar. How freaking festive?!

You all know me & my love of children's books. So multiply that times Christmas... and there is no way I can resist scooping up every last festive book that I can find. I asked lots of other mommas, did some research & put together what I think would be the perfect list of 25 Christmas Books.



Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

I think this is a good mixture of classics, with some silly, modern ones mixed in. Also a few goodies that focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is so important. I also love the new traditions like The Elf on the Shelf & The Pajama Elves... So fun & magical for kids when they are a little bit older! If you have a favorite Christmas book that I have missed, please share it in the comments! I'd love to continue adding to our collection! :)

 We bought a few of these small picture ledges from Ikea a few weeks ago & put them up in the playroom to display all of her books. I love having all the Christmas ones on there right now, such a fun & inexpensive way to bring a little holiday cheer to the room. We love to pick a different book to read to her each night... my favorite is the Grinch. The roast beast line gets me every time! I so badly want to learn all of the words to it to recite from memory.... #newyearsresolution?

Sometimes she tries to rip out the pages.



Sometimes she tries to eat them.

 

And other times, she is chill as a cucumber and actually lets us read to her.


55 comments:

  1. LOVE!!! My 2.9 year old is loving the advent book basket!!! I ordered all of his books from scholastic because of the prices (perks of teachers)! Two more christmas books I can think of that are worth checking out ... It's Christmas, David! And The Three Bears' Christmas! Kids love those! Happy reading!!!! :-)

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  2. Love this idea! My son is due this March so I am very excited to start this tradition next year. He will almost be the same age at Christmas, so it is even more adorable to see her reaction to it now!! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Love so many of these books! I'm starting a tradition with my niece for her first Christmas by getting her a Christmas book each year in hopes she grows to love these stories like me. One of my favorites is "Cecil" by John R. Lease - definitely suggest!

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  4. My husbands favorite Christmas book is Santa's Busy Night. We have it for our 3 yr old and he totally digs it. Love your other books too!!! Definitely love getting holiday books in this house

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  5. Not classics by any means, but we like A Very Marley Christmas (my daughter loves the Marley books), How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas (again, she loves all the How Do Dinosaurs...), and the Snowmen books, Snowman at Night, Snowmen at Christmas... So many good holiday books!

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  6. I have a 8 month old baby and I am doing the same thing :) except I decided to wrap the books up and put them under the tree... This way she can practice unwrapped presents each night and by the time Christmas comes around she will be a present opening professional :) see my other Christmas tradition on my blog at http://annahodge.blogspot.com.au xxxx

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  7. One o my favorite classic Christmas books is Corduroy's Christmas, I love the lift a flaps in it! So much fun for kids, plus it was my favorite as a kid.

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  8. A book I have always loved and I planning on finding for my daughter, Santa's favorite story. I love your list!!

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  9. The Littlest Angel -tear jerker but epitomizes Christmas spirit :)

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  10. I just love your blog!!! & Can we be friends in real-life? haha. We have tons in common! What about "A Charlie Brown Christmas?"

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  11. Great suggestions. One of our favorites is Iza Trapini's Jingle Bells. It introduces the lyrics of the song, but also introduces other Christmas traditions from other countries.

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  12. Great suggestions. One of our new favorites is Iza Trapini's Jingle Bells. It not only introduces the lyrics to the song, but also explains other Christmas traditions from several countries.

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  13. Great list! It makes my life easier lol thank you!

    PS just wanted you to know how famous you are becoming!! Haha. Saw you on the Disney baby web site:
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  14. ❤ Love this idea! I must get Olive, The Other Reindeer!! I didn't see The Nutcracker on your list? So the classic!

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  15. I have been working on this too! Great minds think alike. I was a k and 1st grade teacher so I already have a pretty good collection but I want more more more! I'll be posting on this as well next week!

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  16. I love your blog!! It is so much fun to check in everyday to see what's new. I found it last February when I learned I was pregnant. I can't believe I have a two-month-old now!!

    One of my favorites from when I was a little kid is Santa Mouse. It is an adorable book!

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  17. I love this idea and can't wait until I have kids some day. One of my favorite Christmas books is The Story of Holly and Ivy. I have loved it since I was a little girl and still read it to this day.

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  18. I love this idea and can't wait until I have kids some day. One of my favorite Christmas books is The Story of Holly and Ivy. I have loved it since I was a little girl and still read it to this day.

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  19. Love the books on your list! 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' would be an awesome addition to the collection! It has heaps of cute letters and cards that you pull out and read - I think it would be one of those books that the little ones could grow in to!

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  20. Thanks for posting all these books!! Some of the newer ones I've never heard of and want to check out! I can't wait till next Christmas already...when my now 3 month old can understand it all so much more. You rock, but I'm sure you already knew that ;)

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  21. I love the book The Spirit of Christmas. It is such a sweet story with beautiful pictures.

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  22. So cute! I love this idea bc obviously as a former teacher I want my son's room to look like a Barnes and Noble! Another cute one is Llama Llama Holiday Drama or It's Christmas, David

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  23. What a great idea! Thanks for giving me such a good idea for next year when she will actually want to read books.
    Katie

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  24. I love those ikea ledges! We are using them as book ledges in our little one's room. I am obsessed with children's books too (elementary teacher) gingerbread girl is the absolute best!

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  25. That is so funny I LOVE THE ROAST BEAST LINE TOO!! My favorite! And my mom and I love Olive the Other Reindeer. We watched it on tv, she got me the movie, and now I should get her the book! :)

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  26. I love the Sweet Smell of Christmas....reminds me of when I was a kid. My aunt had that book and now I always buy it for my nieces/nephews.

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  27. Great post! I'm constantly looking for books for my baby nephew, and this is a great listing! Hopefully they're available as board books as well... that would help with the ripping of pages!

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  28. Seriously, anything by Jan Brett. They were my favorite books growing up and the illustrations are mind blowing beautiful! The Mitten, Twelve Days of Christmas, Trouble with Trolls AND she even has a great Halloween one, Spooky, Spooky Halloween.

    XO.

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  29. Ahh so many great ones on that list! I love that my daughter wants to read Christmas books all year round :) The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas are our favorites! Of course the original The Night Before Christmas is a fabulous one as well. She tries to recite the book outloud with me as we read that book every single night lol

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  30. I just noticed that Merry Christmas Mom and Dad is on the list! That is one of my faves too! I still have the book and cassette tape from when I was little :)

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  31. You should get Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. It is so cute, and a true story!

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  32. I cannot wait to have a baby so I can read him/her all the amazing books I had as a child. I made my mom save them all.

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  33. What a great idea!! Having so much fun following your blog! My son is due 2/20/13 so seeing Harper grow is like getting to see a sneak peek into what next year holds. I'm a book lover and setting up a library for my little one has already begun. Will definitely be doing this next Christmas! Thanks for a great list!

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  34. Awesome list, and what a great idea! I gave my daughter a few Christmas books on Thanksgiving, so we've been busy reading them every night, I could definitely use a few more to add to the collection! Our favorite one to read right now is Frosty the snowman! It's a sing along version, I'm so not a singer but it helps cover up my horrible voice;)

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  35. Awesome list! I was going to suggest Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas but you've already got it so I will second Jan Brett's The Mitten. I used to teach preschool and we did a whole two week session based on that book. It's so cute!

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  36. This is a great list! So many favorites :) my little one also takes the occasional bite into a book lol.

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  37. Have you seen the book Balloons over Broadway? Its not a Christmas book but it's about the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade! So cute and festive!

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  38. One book that I would recommend to all is Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. The story has two strong female characters and has a unique take on Santa Claus and his family.
    http://www.amazon.com/Auntie-Claus-Elise-Primavera/dp/0547406223/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355429056&sr=1-1&keywords=auntie+claus

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  39. My daughter loves the Duck and Goose series. They are big books, with colorful pictures, and pages that are easy for her to turn :) So we just scooped up Duck and Goose:It's time for Christmas. Can't wait to read it with her!

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  40. Our elves brought my kiddos their basket of wrapped books. As a teacher, I had a hard time choosing my favorites. I love The Crippled Lamb, Auntie Claus (I love the pictures an my kiddos at school LOVES them), It's Christmas Time David (part of the No David series-my 3 year old loves them), and all the Jan Brett books. Many of her stories have a Christmas theme and the pictures are AMAZING!!!

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  41. This Gap pajamas are way too cute! Precious!

    One favorite children's book: The Jolly Christmas Postman.., from the Jolly Postman Series.
    I'd recommend picking them both up. Real pieces of mail! It is so much fun.

    Also The Littlest Angel.. by Elizabeth Koda Callan.. you might remember her books.. The Magic Locket. They each come with a necklace! Maybe Harper isn't quite ready for the necklace.. but such sweet stories and wonderful keepsakes! I STILL have mine!

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  42. I don't know if you'll see this, but as soon as I saw this headband I thought of your sweet Harper and your love for headbands! It's from a website called Mud Pie. Very Southern! So I just feel like you'll love it!

    http://www.mud-pie.com/p-2696-pink-felt-cake-headband.aspx?EID=474&EN=Category

    Her 1st birthday will be right around the corner! :)

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  43. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is my new favorite. It has a nice message, is fun to read, and there's a free audiobook online complete with singing!

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  44. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is my new favorite! It has a nice message, is fun to read, and there's a free audiobook recording complete with song!

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  45. One of my favorites is "Snowmen at Christmas" Im not sure of the author, but the book is amazing! The illustrations are awesome and the story is wonderful!

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  46. Love this idea! Great classics! I was disappointed with my Elf on the Shelf's floppiness, so I created a tutorial about how to add wire, velcro, and magnets to make him more pose-able! It's super easy. I'm sure Harper's kinda little still, but it's very helpful for when you're hiding him! Here's the link if you (or anyone else) would like to check out the tutorial:

    http://lifesolovely.com/2012/12/01/elf-on-the-shelf-mod-in-easy-steps/

    -Nicole

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  47. My best party trick is reciting The Grinch, word for word! Probably a result of watching the old (and in my opinion ONLY) movie about a zillion times growing up. Though I'll admit, sometimes I need to bluff a bit when naming all the Who's toys... Love the book suggestions!

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  48. I know this is random, but did you ever do a blog on breastfeeding?? I'm due in February and I'm going to try but would like to hear from some other mamas and I love your blog!

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  49. Hi LOVE your blog but there is an important book you left off your list !
    It's "The Spirit of Christmas" by Nancy Tillman . Destined to be a classic and beautifully written
    You will then go out and buy all her books because she is that amazing. You should check out " Go to sleep my love" "wherever you are my love will find you" and especially " On the night you were born" You have to check it out!!!!!

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  50. children's christmas books are the best -- love the 25 days of books idea! harper looks very happy to have her daddy reading to her! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  51. Great post! So awesome to find some new books on your list and through your comments (just ordered 3 on amazaon)! One of our favorites is "you are my miracle" by the same author as "you are my i love you." Both great books...but a must for the christmas list! http://www.amazon.com/You-Miracle-Maryann-Cusimano-Love/dp/0399240373/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355972740&sr=8-1&keywords=you+are+my+miracle

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  52. I did a blog post today mentioning 4 of my favorite Christmas books I read to my children. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" was on the list. I remember one year they did the play at church and it was a real hit. Thanks for the post! I love your book shelf.

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  53. First off, I LOVE your blog! Secondly, I am having a baby in July and starting to plan our nursery!! Thirdly, I am getting a lot of my ideas from you and would love to know where you got your bookshelves? I would love to use those in my nursery :)

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  54. Check out apple tree christmas by trinka noble, been my personal favorite for years. Love love love your blog!

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  55. The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

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