Saturday, December 10, 2016
Advent: Winter 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. Here I share the books that celebrate the winter season, and I also shared collections that focused on the general interest Christmas books, our nativity books, and our board books.
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 Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Snow by Steve Sanfield and Jeanette Winter
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The final page includes a quotation as well as several of his stunning photographs.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs