Monday, November 28, 2011

Our 2011 Advent Books, Week 1

I was hoping to post this earlier, but we can only do what we can do and feeding the children is more important than blogging. (It is, right?) My regular Monday post (What I Loved About Last Week) will (hopefully) appear on Tuesday.

Here's our first week of Advent books. As last year, we'll be reading a picture book a day (well, often two; I have a picture book problem) and I had to front load the library books again.

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, is just a sweet story of the Nativity. I expect my girls to love it.

Look and Find on the Night Before Christmas When Every Creature Is Stirring. My mother picked this up at Goodwill or someplace during the year and I added it to the mix because I think First Son will enjoy it

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, just for fun.

Peter Spier's Christmas is a delightfully illustrated wordless book. I got our copy from

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo is a new book for us this year. I hope it makes the children think about who Jesus came to save.

Christmas Alphabet by Robert Sabuda. Kansas Dad and I found this on clearance years ago. The children love it every year, but I have to put it up where they can't reach it or the artwork is destroyed.

The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Berger

Good King Wenceslas - Our library copy is the one illustrated by Christopher Manson

A Small Miracle by Peter Collington is one of my favorite books of all time; it's a joy to read each Advent.

Through the Animals' Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell - my kids love all of his books.

Blessed Advent!


  1. Thanks for posting your list! None of those are on our reading list this year, though we've read a few of them before. I don't think we've ever read The Donkey's Dream, though, so I requested it. I'd like to try the one by Christopher Wormell, too, but our library system doesn't have it, so probably not this year.
    My girls are excited about having the books wrapped this year! We had a slight breakdown last night over who got to unwrap the first book though. =)
    Happy Advent!

  2. I already started a draft with our books that I thought I'd share at the end of advent. Maybe I should do it weekly though....

    Thanks for sharing. Our first book today was "Room for a Little One", have you read it? I've been a Martin Waddell fan for quite some time now. Thanks for always sharing your recommendations, I enjoy and appreciate this immensely.

  3. Tiffany, I've been having trouble commenting on this post or I would have sooner. I made up a schedule for opening the books before Advent started. The youngest went first and we went up the ages from there. We managed without too many tears, though the three year old wants to open every day. And the others usually "help" the 1 year old.


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