Saturday, December 18, 2010

What My Children Are Reading: Christmas Books

This week, I wanted to share some of our favorite Christmas books, which we've been reading and I'm sure we'll be reading throughout the coming week as well. First, I'll share some of the books we've added to our home library this year.

The Polar ExpressOne of the new books we got this year is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. I have to say I hadn't read this before, and have only seen the movie once. I like the story and I think the kids do too. I'm a little concerned about C watching the movie on Monday at school because he hasn't questioned Santa yet, so I don't really want to expose him to the idea that some people don't believe in Santa. Fortunately, the book doesn't go into this as much as the movie. In the book, the kids all just travel to the North Pole on the train, see Santa, and return home.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-ElfElf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell is another new book for us. We did, indeed, get an elf this year and the kids have been having a blast looking for Jolly's newest hiding spot each morning. The book that came with him explains where the elf came from and the rules we have to follow (we are not allowed to touch the elf!) and the kids have been enjoying reading it.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Interactive Book With Sound 2010Another new book for us is A Charlie Brown Christmas: An Interactive Book with Sound by Charles M. Schultz. My mom got this book for the kids a few weeks ago and they love it. It's one of those books with buttons that you push at certain times in the story to hear related sounds. I love that it includes Linus's explanation of what Christmas is, as well as a bit of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing at the end. The book tells the story as it's told in the television special, and we've all been enjoying it.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Snow Blocks)Our last new book for this year is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, which I recently won from Two Bears Farm. This is the story of Rudolph as told in the television special. Since my kids love the show, they love the book too! It is illustrated with pictures from the show. This version comes with a rectangular snow globe as well.

Now on to some of the Christmas books we enjoyed last year as well.

The Night Before Christmas Board BookThe first is a classic, Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. We have a board book version of this story, and the kids really love it. C reads it now and I'm thinking I'll have him read it to our whole family on Christmas Eve as well.

Mortimer's Christmas MangerThe absolute favorite of both kids is Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Jane Chapman. They just love this story of a little mouse who tries to make his home in a nativity scene, until he hears the Christmas story and realizes the significance of his new home. It's a fun but very meaningful story, and I definitely recommend it as it's a family favorite here.

The Christmas MagicThe last book I'll mention is The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. This is a beautiful book that I won last year from Buried with Children. It's more artistic than a typical Christmas book. Santa is presented in a small house in a secluded snowy spot in the cold north. He doesn't have any elves, just reindeer that roam the field near his home. They all wait for the Christmas magic to come and then head off to deliver the gifts to children. It's a simple and quiet story about the magic of Christmastime.

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share! I'm not sure if I'll be around to share books next week or the week after, but if not, I'll be back to What My Child is Reading in January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  1. Leaving a comment works much better when your internet is working.

    I'm trying to decide if my kids would like Christmas Magic. The love Mortimer's Christmas Manger.

  2. I just love The Christmas Magic. The illustrations are beautiful. I couldn't resist it when the author was signing copies last year at the Brooklyn Museum's Book Fair.

  3. All such wonderful choices!! The Polar Express movie is OK, but personally, I'm just not a fan of taking a beloved 32-page picture book and turning it into a 90-minute movie.

    I've seen The Elf on the Shelf in catalogs and have always wanted to read it. We have that exact same elf on our tree - we've had him and his twin since I was a kid myself - but the concept of the book sounds like fun!

    I am a HUGE Peanuts fan, so that sounds very good to me.

    I'm a but disappointed that we haven't read any holiday books yet (granted, our boys are 12 and 16 but still...). It's just hard to fit in with piles of homework each night, after-school activities, etc. Enjoy these times!! I'm sure we'll tackle some of our favorites this week, as school winds down. Ever Christmas Eve we read three favorites: Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Christmas Star, and Santa Mouse (a favorite form my own childhood).

    Enjoy the holidays with your kids!



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