We have started the Christmas Countdown in the Morkus household.
I know that lots of people are doing a Christmas Book Advent this year. The idea being that each evening you share a different Christmas book, film or tradition with your little one in the lead up to Christmas. I think this is a lovely idea and to help those who are doing this this year I have looked through L's bookshelves and picked out the Christmas ones to share with you all.
Baby Christmas Books
Usborne Touchy Feely The Nativity
A simplified version of the nativity story and a great introduction to the story. Each page features small textured elements keeping babies and young children entertained. The page are large and robust enough and have encountered a few chews each story time.
Usborne Cloth Books Christmas
A lovely story of woodland animals getting ready for Christmas with lovely natural decorations and a surprise visit from Father Christmas (refered to as Santa which would of put me off buying this book if I had known as I am a Father Christmas traditionalist.
That's Not My Penguin and Angel
Everyone knows this series yes? Repetitive, textured pages and one for any and every occasion. L enjoys the pictures and different things to feel and these are two suitably festive titles.
Baby's very first touchy-Feely Christmas
Each page has a word and an image of something suitable festive. Great introduction to Christmas vocabulary and next year when L is talking we will use it again to teach new language.
The Christmas Story, Ian Beck
Quite possibly my favourite illustrated version of the traditional story. Starting in Nazareth this picture book is full of richly detailed illustrations. It finishes with with a traditional scene of a nativity play. A beautiful book and certainly one to read when you set up the nativity scene at home.
Jesus' Christmas Party, Nicolas Allan
Another quite different take on the traditional nativity story told from the perspective of the rather disgruntled inn keeper. His grumps are quickly forgotten when he looks in the manger and realises just how special this baby is.
The Nativity Play, Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
One which will appeal to any parent who was in a nativity while at school or a child who is taking part in their own nativity this year. Filled with humour and musical interludes for the finer voiced readers this is a bit of a through back, especially with mention of over head projectors!
Father Christmas Stories
Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, Raymond Briggs
The gruff and often grumpy Father Christmas of Briggs stories is how lots of parents, and now children, picture our bearded present bringer. One of the most brilliant elements of Briggs' stories is the lack of written narrative. This really gives children a chance to tell the story for themselves and for parents and children to really look at the detailed illustrations.
Aliens Love Panta Claus, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
Those cheeky aliens are back and this time they are sharing the joy of Christmas pants! Helping Santa when his sleigh breaks down and bringing smiles, as well as pants, to the good boys and girls. In the spirit of Dinovember you might want to slip of pair of underpants in stockings to keep the magic alive!
Father Christmas Needs a Wee!, Nicholas Allan
My second offering from Allan and it's another funny one! This time with some additional learning fun with the whole book being a count up and count down as Father Christmas drinks lots of drinks but forgets to do something very important!
Usborne Christmas Baking for Children
This great book from Usborne has a great selection of Christmas treats from mince pies to Stollen this book will see you through many Christmases. The instructions are clear and there are getting started and basic skills pages, as well as decoration and wrapping ideas for giving these baked goods as gifts. I used some of these recipes in the classroom and I think this book is a great introduction to classic Christmas bakes.
I hope you find something to meet your seasonal reading requirements. What is your favourite Christmas book? How do you incorporate reading into your celebrations?