Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Picture Book Advent List

Here's our list for a-picture-book-a-day Advent calendar. (Keeping in mind that Dec. 8th-Dec. 15th is Chanukah.) My plan is to have a slip of paper in the matchbox Advent calendar with the title of the book. Then we'll go find it on the shelf & read it. I opted for doing this, rather than wrapping all the books in order to save paper!

Matchbox Advent Calendar

1. You Are Special written by Max Lucado, illustrated by Sergio Martinez - While this is not technically an Advent, Christmas or Chanukah story, I love the message that each of us is loved and special. This is, after all, why the Messiah was sent..."for God so loved the world..." And this is why we celebrate Advent.

2. Old Turtle written by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee - Again, not technically a book for the season, but, again, communicating that something went desperately wrong with the world and the Messiah was sent for our redemption.

3. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend written by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated by Chris Ellison - This is my favorite children's book for explaining how Santa Claus came to be.

4. Wonderworker: The True Story of How St. Nicholas Became a Legend written by Vincent Yzermans - We don't intend to read this whole book. I intend to skim it for highlights and show off the pictures.

5. D is for Dala Horse written by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by Renee Graef

6. The Legend of Old Befana written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

7. The Night of Las Posadas written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

8. Hanukkah Haiku written by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Karla Gudeon

9. The Story of Hanukkah written by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves

10. Beni's First Chanukah written and illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben

11. In the Month of Kislev: A Story for Hanukkah written by Nina Jaffe, illustrated by Louis August

12. The Hanukkah Mice  written by Ronne Randall, illustrated by Maggie Kneen

13. Nine Spoons: A Chanukah Story written by Marci Stillerman, illustrated by Pesach Gerber

14. Snow Crazy written and illustrated by Tracy Gallup

15. Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening written by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

16. The Wild Christmas Reindeer written and illustrated by Jan Brett

17. The Berenstain Bear's Christmas Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

18. The Littlest Angel written by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Paul Michich

19. Trouble with Trolls written and illustrated by Jan Brett

20. Christmas Trolls written and illustrated by Jan Brett

21. Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

22. 12 Days of Christmas written and illustrated by Jan Brett

23. A Forest Christmas written and illustrated by Mayling Mack Holm

24. The Night Before Christmas written and illustrated by Jan Brett

25. The First Christmas written and illustrated by Carol Heyer

(I have made every effort to link to books and book descriptions through author websites. For some links, you will need to scroll through a list of books by the author to find the specific book I have mentioned. I believe that all of the books are available for purchase online, though they may not be available directly through the author's website.)

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This is the 5rd post in a series of posts about Advent, Christmas, Jesse Tree & Chanukah traditions. See the other posts here:
Season's Traditions
Jesse Tree


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