Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Read-Aloud Advent Calendar

We started doing a read-aloud Advent calendar after I saw the idea in Family Fun magazine. If you're not familiar with what a read-aloud Advent calendar is, here's how it's done: you collect 24 Christmas or winter-themed books, wrap them up, and allow the child to unwrap one each day in December leading up to Christmas. Then you get to read the books together as they're unwrapped. Even as infants, Linus and Veda enjoyed it, so I know that they're going to have a blast with it this year.

Linus and Veda's granny was very generous last year in getting us started with our Christmas book collection, and the rest of the books are books from my childhood. Some of those are *ahem* pretty fragile, so we'll have to be very careful with them. If we still needed more books, the library would be my next choice.

Here are the books Linus and Veda will be unwrapping this year:

  • Funny Felt Faces (pub. Sandy Creek)
  • 10 Trim-the-Tree'ers: A Holiday Counting Book by Janet Schulman
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Golden Books)
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  • Frosty the Snowman (Golden Books)
  • The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Jan & Mike Berenstain
  • Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus by Chris Plenal
  • Nutcracker by Hoffman & Innocenti
  • One Snowy Night by Butler & MacNaughton
  • A Sesame Street Christmas by Pat Tornborg
  • The Night Before Christmas (Golden Books)
  • ABC Is For Christmas (Golden Books)
  • Santa's Runaway Elf by Jean Lewis
  • Troll's Twelve Months of Christmas by Jill Wolf
  • Jingle Bells (Golden Books)
  • The Very Special Night by Ruth Odor
  • The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly
  • The Animals' Christmas Eve (Golden Books)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Golden Books)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas (Golden Books)
  • Santa's Toy Shop (Golden Books)
  • Christmas Peekaboo! (pub. by DK)

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