Saturday, November 12, 2011

Five Christmas Books You Should Have

I'm putting out this list a little early for those earlybird Christmas shoppers who need to get things ordered on time. All I can say is God bless Amazon two-day shipping for those of us who remember last minute things.  As a little aside my sister Lizzie made me think about how I shop for books nowadays.  We were in the mall and she had popped down to a new bookstore to see what they had and come back disappointed as they weren't really stocked up yet.  She mentioned having gone to several bookstores trying to find a book and would have to order it online.  I seem to take the opposite approach these days and order on Amazon, Abebooks, Alibris, or even Ebay before I try and find it in a bookstore.  That seems a little sad to me as I write this but I think the days of going to bookstores with an agenda are over.  I love bookstores and go to great ones for the sheer pleasure of wandering through shelves of beautiful books, but I don't go with an aim in mind.  The world of books is changing.  

The Christmas Train HERE
by Ivan Gantschev
This is a lovely story about a child who saves a train on Christmas Eve by dragging her Christmas tree onto the train tracks and lighting it on fire to warn the train of danger ahead.   

The Jolly Christmas Postman HERE
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
I'll admit this book can take awhile to read because of all the little goodies in the envelopes on every page but my daughter finds it enchanting and it is well done.  Ride with the Jolly Postman as he delivers Christmas letters to all the fairytale inhabitants.

My Little Library of Christmas Classics: The Night Before Christmas; The Nutcracker; Christmas Carols; The Fir Tree HERE
By Diane Goode
This little set seems to be getting lost on the bookshelves but I hope they reprint it soon.  These little books are beautifully illustrated, a perfect size for little hands, and a perfect stocking stuffer. 

Santa's Favorite Story HERE
Written by Hisako Aoki and Illustrated by Ivan Gantschev
Christmas may be canceled this year because Santa is too tired to deliver all his packages. The forest animals are worried, but when Santa tells them the story of the very first Christmas, when Christ was born, the animals discover the true spirit of the season.

Madeline's Christmas HERE
By Ludwig Bemelmans
Out of all the Madeline books, this was at the top of the list for me.  The illustrations are deeply colorful and with a magic carpet ride, a zoo in the snow, and beautiful presents, you'll want to turn the page to see what's next.  Madeline...not just for girls.


  1. I've just tweeted this - such a lovely collection of books for christmas. I had completely forgotten about the Jolly Postman books - I loved reading those and opening the envelopes. Putting a link on my blog to this great blog.

  2. Thanks! I greatly enjoyed hunting down a few favorites to list. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Your blog looks yummy :)