Saturday, December 24, 2016
Advent: Nativity Books
There are some books that I know are only in our home temporarily (especially board books, which will age out as my youngest develops a longer attention span), but I thought it would be fun to share what is currently in our collection. Please feel free to contribute suggestions; there are several titles on my wishlist, and each year I try to add at least one new book to the rotation.
If you are interested in starting your own tradition but don't have many Christmas books on hand and are intimidated by the cost of buying dozens of books, I recommend you collect all year, keeping an eye out at garage sales and library sales (my library is kind enough to have a holiday section, which I go straight to each year). Then I enhance my collection via Amazon (the Amazon links here are affiliate links, meaning that should you make any purchase via these links, Amazon will give me a small percentage, at no additional cost to you).
As our pile is pretty diverse, I'm going to do this in installments. The first (and largest) installment focused on the general interest Christmas books, which was followed by a list of our winter-themed books, and our small collection of baby- and toddler-friendly board books. Here I conclude by sharing the books that celebrate the nativity story.
Also, one suggestion (that I have yet to implement myself): when you're packing away the books for the year, I suggest taking the time to wrap them then, so you're not rushing yourself once Advent rolls around again (one year I was wrapping some books every few days, as I didn't have enough time to do them all before we began). Otherwise, I'm hoping to sew reusable bags to easily insert them in, so as to save time and eliminate the wrapping paper waste.
The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer
Father and Son: A Nativity Story by Geraldine McCaughrean
A couple friends recommended this title to me and it took time for me to find a used copy at a price I was comfortable paying (it's no longer in print and used copies fluctuate widely in price online, but in time for Christmas 2017, I was able to track down a good copy inexpensively).
The First Night by B.G. Hennessy
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
The text is the lyrics of the familiar song. We see a poor peasant boy learn of Jesus' birth. He longs to bring a gift but only has his ability to drum. Lacking any monetary gifts, he offers a song.
The Nativity illustrated by Julie Vivas
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
The Story of the Three Wise Kings retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
This Is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten
This Is the Star by Joyce Dunbar