Sunday, December 19, 2010

Favorite Reads - Christmas Storybooks

1. A Christmas Alphabet [Clothbound boxed edition]A Christmas Alphabet. Illustrated by twenty-seven vintage illustrations. We especially love the Jessie Wilcox Smith art. Ours is a well-loved discarded library copy. I originally bought it thinking I might use some of the pages to frame as art for the girls' room but they wouldn't let me take it apart!

2. The Christmas Day KittenThe Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot.Once again, ours is a former library copy but the paperback copies of this are quite affordable. The girls love this story and ask for it often. So sweet and the illustrations are so rich it almost makes me want a cat. Almost.

3. Peter Spier's ChristmasPeter Spier's Christmas! We just discovered this one this year at the library. Wordless, with amazingly detailed pictures that invite you to create your own story.

4. The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley. A bit long for a picture book but very enjoyable story and more amazingly detailed pictures make it worth the effort. These books are hard to find but it's well worth checking your library.

5. BABOUSHKA AND THE THREE KINGS ADAPTED FROM A RUSSIAN FOLK TALEBaboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins. This is a Russian folk tale that Polly read for history last year. Includes music at the back, just in case you're inclined to sing the tale. Another version of the story that we found at our library: Babushka by Charles Mikolaycak. The girls prefer these illustrations to the stylized ones in the Robbins version.

Last, but definitely not least, our favorite:

6. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift EditionThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. By Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. This picture is different from ours but I hope it's the same other than that. This book is so beautiful. The story just about makes me cry and I very rarely feel that way about a book! The art is deep and rich. Lovely!

This post contains Amazon Associate links. Any action taken with these links could result in compensation for me. Opinions are my own and I encourage you to check your library or Paperback Swap first - these books are worth it! 

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