We have a pretty good collection of Christmas books. Still, it’s always fun to search the library every year so that our Advent book box is a mix of old favorites and new books. I usually buy one or two new ones each year to add to our growing collection. I’ve reviewed a lot of the books in our collection in the past two years but I thought I’d share a few of the new (to us) books we’ve enjoyed so far this season.
I really enjoyed this little gem of a book by Mike Reiss. It’s the story of a girl who lives in a town where every day is Christmas and she is bored of waking up to yet another pony under the tree and yet another big turkey dinner. She waits eagerly for the best day of all, Un-Christmas, where she gets to eat leftovers and undecorate and best of all, go to school! Both H. and I thought this book was hilarious and I liked that it was funny but remained sweet . The only thing I’d have to say against it is that none of our kids liked it as much as we did.
On the other hand, this robotic version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, appealed to our boys more than me. It’s cute, especially if you have boys who like machinery and tools and of course, robots.
I think we all enjoyed this book by Ellen Bryan Obed. It looks at what happens on a Christmas tree farm over the course of a year. Who wants a Christmas Tree in January? The black-capped chickadees of course who eat the seeds and roost in the branches. Each month features a different animal (or plant) that benefits from being part of the Christmas tree ecosystem. I liked that the author goes beyond a few sentences and explores each animal in a little bit of depth. I also liked that there are even more facts at the end for those who want to read more and a blurb telling about the real Christmas tree farm where she did her research.
Archie and Quentin Roosevelt are upset when their father the President declares no Christmas trees at the White House. Theodore Roosevelt has decided that to set a good example as a conservationist his family will have to forego the tradition. The boys figure out a way to sneak the tree into the house anyway. The story is loosely based on a true story, and also on other known facts about the Roosevelt family and kids. We enjoyed it for the setting and for the way the relationship between Teddy Roosevelt and his boys is depicted. I think my boys could relate to the mischievousness of the boys.
You may have noticed that none of the books I’ve mentioned so far are about the real Christmas. We have so many books about the Nativity and birth of Christ that I tend to get ones that are just fun out of the library. This book by Carol Heyer is a great mix of funny and serious. It tells the story of the Wise Men’s journey through the eyes of one of the camels. Humphrey is a silly, vain camel and the boys laughed at his antics many times. In the end though, he knows enough to worship the baby they have traveled to see. It’s a sweet ending to a silly book.
Amongst all the very similar Christmas books, this book by Dandi Dale Mackall stood out. The story is told through the repeating refrain “It was not such a silent night” as the different sounds of the night Jesus was born are considered: cows mooing, sheep baaing, and even a baby crying. The repeating nature of the text and the focus on different sounds makes this one a great book for younger preschoolers. We read it the same night we read Silent Night: The Song and its Story by Margaret Hodges which is a really interesting telling of the story behind the beloved hymn.
Did you know? Only 11 Reading Days ’til Christmas!