It’s time to get those bells jingling. It is 6 weeks to Christmas and in our house we’ve already started getting into the Christmas spirit. I was supposed to wait til 1 December but I got excited and started putting out Christmas books this week!
Here is a round up of our Christmas Book Collection. I plan to stagger the books out over the next few weeks. Because I find that Chloe loves a book for two weeks and then is ready for something else (unless it makes it to “Favourite Status”)
Note: My daughter is currently 21 months old and will be 23 months old on Christmas Day. I’ve also included the books we read last year too. My plan is to build our collection by a few books each year.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Tim Hopgood
‘Sleigh bells ring! Are you Listening?’ Based on the classic song Winter Wonderland, this beautiful picture book takes you on a snowy walk through the woods. It features a family sledding in the snow and forrest animals – birds, owls, foxes and deer.
I love singing this song and it is a fun way to do it.
This was a favourite of ours from last Christmas as well. So I can say that it is a success with Chloe at both 10 – 11 months old and at 21 months old.
First 100 Christmas Words by Roger Priddy
This is a new addition to our Christmas library. I brought it to add some real pictures of Christmas items into our book collection. Chloe has loved the 100 First Farm Words, which is also part of this series 😉
The first time we read this, I thought it was a tad overwhelming for Chloe as there was soooo many unfamiliar things in it. But I was surprised that at the end Chloe said Read again!’. I think it is a nice way to build on her vocabulary around Christmas. We saw a Christmas Tree when we went out shopping today and she said ‘baubles’. So it is working already!
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
When I was a kid, my sister and I loved Mog. I actually didn’t realise it was part of a series. We just had the one Mog book – Mog and Bunny.
So when I saw this book I felt all nostalgic and it was in my cart without hesitation.
The book isn’t brilliant but I still like it. Chloe has been enjoying it as well. Although I’m not sure she understands the concept of the chimney! As we don’t have a chimney. But I guess we all have to learn about it somehow?!
Listen to The Nutcracker by Marion Billet
We got this last year when Chloe was 11 months old and she love it. In fact we kept it out til February, she loved it that much.
This book features small excepts from six pieces of music from The Nutcracker – March, Chinese Dance, Russian Dance, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker is one of my favourite ballets, so this was really special to share last year and I am hoping it will be lovely again this year.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
This is still on order. We love Little Blue Truck, so I’d thought we’d give this a whirl. I’ll update this post after we’ve read it a few times.
The Elf Boogie (Holiday Jingles)
This is still on order. Here’s the spiel from the Publisher:
“Boogie like an elf getting ready for Christmas. Twist, clap, and tap along with this interactive, rhyming board book that will bring the holiday excitement to a new level! Children and adults will want to twist, jump, and boogie over and over again.”
Chloe enjoys Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, so I’m kinda hoping it is a bit like that. I’ll update this post once we’ve received it and had a few reads.
Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove
I brought this for a crazy cheap price after Christmas last year. So I have been storing it away waiting to bring out on 1 December.
Here’s the spiel from the Publisher:
“Christmas is here! Christmas is Macca’s favourite time of year.
He loves thinking up amazing presents for his friends. But when he looks in his piggy bank, he finds he has no money!
Macca and his best friend Al have to come up with a plan to make the best Christmas surprise for all their friends, and in doing so, discover the true spirit of giving.”
We’re Going on an Elf Chase
This was also going for a crazy cheap price after Christmas as well. It’s a lift-a-flap. The book says it is suitable from 10 months old. It is illustrated by the same person who did Daddy’s Sandwich (which we love – read our review from September 2019). So fingers crossed this too is a winner.
Are you there little reindeer?
We had this last year. At 11 months Chloe liked it but it wasn’t a favourite. I’ll be interested to see what she thinks of it this year. I’l keep you guys posted.
What are your favourite Christmas books?
I’d love to know what you are reading with your baby or toddler to get ready for Christmas.