Reading Our Way Through Advent has been a tradition in our home for as long as we've had preschool-age children. We especially cherish the many picture books that adorn our shelves for Advent and Christmas. Here is our list for this years Reading Our Way Through Advent in picture books. This does not include all the books we will read each day, just the picture book choices.
Please feel free to mention any favorites that you like to share with your little ones and big ones alike :)
Day 1 :: We're Counting to Christmas by Nancy Tafuri
Day 2 :: Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
Day 3 :: The Littlest Matryoshka by Corine Demas Bliss
Day 4 :: Night Tree by Eve Bunting
Day 5 :: Country Angel Christmas by Tomie dePaola
Day 6 :: The Baker's Dozen: A St. Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard
Day 7 :: This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar
Day 8 :: The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Berger
Day 9 :: Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Day 10 :: The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
Day 11 :: The Runaway Sleigh Ride by Astrid Lingren
Day 12 :: The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola
Day 13 :: Hannah's Christmas by Melissa Peterson Wiley
Day 14 :: A Christmas Card for Mr. McFizz by Obren Bokich
Day 15 :: An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola
Day 16 :: Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury by Jan Brett
Day 17 :: The Legend of the Pointsettia by Tomie dePaola
Day 18 :: An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
Day 19 :: Annika's Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis
Day 20 :: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Day 21 :: The Tomten by Astrid Lingren
Day 22 :: Christmas in the Stable by Astrid Lingren
Day 23 :: The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
Day 24 :: The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett
What a lovely list of Advent picture books, we can't wait to get reading! There are so many more I could have added and it's always hard to narrow it down to one per day, but we'll be reading lots of other Advent and Christmas related stories along with our daily picture books.
We'll surely read Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lingren, we might try Jotham's Journey again this year, although it's always a toss up between that one and Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L'Engle. We'll be reading about the Saints of Advent as well, of which there are many, and doing some fun crafts, baking, and the usual Jesse Tree activities! Oh and we do love The Jesse Tree by Geraldine MacCaughrean. Ah, so many books, so little time. How to fit it all in....
Slowly and quietly as we await the birth of our dear sweet Baby Jesus!! I hope you all have a beautiful Advent season and do pop in to say hello when you get a chance! Many blessings from our family to yours.