Under our stockings is our book basket. Usually filled with seasonal/random books for the kids to read in the living room, right now it's filled to overflowing with our Christmas books. I LOVE my books. Thought I'd share them, in case you're looking for a new one for the kiddos (or next year).
I'm not going to bother linking to where you can buy these, some are vintage anyway, but you can click the photo to read the titles/authors better if you want to.
Beginning the tour with a selection of Nutcracker books:
Eloise Wilkin books (I collect her books, her illustrations are SO sweet):
Character books: (some of these are out of focus, sorry! Too lazy to reshoot.)
The redhead loves to read this page of the Olivia book (which are so well designed), and Angelina Ballerina books are always simply gorgeous (original Angelina books, not the TV version books). I bought the Angelina book years ago on eBay, and ended up getting a British (original) version!
Let's call this group... classics? Santa Mouse was last year's new book, and I have to admit I like the Polar Express less because of that stupid movie. Why The Polar Express Movie is the Worst Children's Movie Ever might be an upcoming post...
This group... book order specials:
I used clear contact paper when I bought these to help them survive in all their cheap-paperback glory, and I'm glad I did! Exception is the Elf book, which was a gift (and hardcover). I hope I don't offend anyone, but I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't LOVE Elf. Yes, Will Ferrell is a genius, and there are some awesome one-liners, but I just didn't like that movie much at all. PLUS I don't want to explain paternity testing to my small children. Why is that necessary in a family movie? However, this book sticks to just one sweet part of the story, and it's fun.
Um... miscellaneous books:
A Child's Christmas in Wales, Jingle Bells (not the copy I cut up here), one by Richard Scarry, and Santa Calls by William Joyce (my kids love Dinosaur Bob, too). Santa Calls is a cute Christmas adventure story, with awesome illustrations.
Books the kiddos have outgrown: (but the Little People one still got looked at this year!)
We have another one that should be here that someone must be hiding called 'Ten Tales of Christmas'. Along the same lines as the Treasury one - Christmas stories and chapters from various books. I was going to read the pageant book to the boys this year, but it hasn't happened yet, and I LOVE the Dickens book. My parents sent this to us when we were first married, and it is just lovely. The girl reads it every year.
And finally, this year's acquistion:
Gyo Fukikawa is another illustrator I love. We have a Children's Garden of Verses by her also, and I'd been drooling over this book for a couple of years. Glad to finally have it, it is GORGEOUS.
So there's our stack. Oh, how I love these books!
When we get out the Christmas Stuff, the books are the first thing the kids want to paw through. We pack them away again after Christmas to keep them together and keep them special. Ahh, book memories!
It's kinda weird with the kiddos getting older, I haven't heard these books much this year at all! Because they can all read well, these are getting much less out loud time. Which is kinda weird and sad. But they are getting read, and that's awesome. I guess I just need to sit down and read them all myself!
I've already picked out next year's book: Letter's from Father Christmas. We need it, the kiddos are already Tolkien fans anyway.
Any more that I need to get?