Christmas Book Advent 2017 | 10 more Awesome Christmas Books

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

We are all about simplifying our lives in certain areas, but not when it comes to our Christmas Book Advent. Christmas books are a serious weakness of ours and we generally add several new titles to our burgeoning collections each year. We’ve seen a variety of beautiful book advents but still find that the perfect set up for our Advent happens to be the bookshelves in our playroom.


This year we’ve added an adorable letterbox for our kids to write letters to Santa to their hearts content, they’ve already stuffed several drawings inside in hopes that once our elf arrives he’ll whisk them off to the big guy.

If you are Christmas book addicts like us, or are simply looking to start a new tradition, we’ve rounded up 10 more Christmas favorites below and you can also check out our list of 24 from last year.

1-  Pick a Pine Tree We are also pretty serious about picking out just the right Christmas tree, we like them straight, full and piney fresh and of course we go en masse to pick The One each year. This book perfectly captures the tradition of picking out a Christmas tree and the excitement that comes with getting the tree set up and trimming it with an assortment of sparkling baubles. The illustrations are bright, lively and lovely and are perfectly complemented by the rhyming verse. This one evokes all sorts of nostalgia as well as excitement for welcoming a new Christmas season.  A wonderful read to kick off seasonal festivities!

2- Waltz of the Snowflakes This wordless picture brings to life the beauty, splendor and even uncertainty of seeing The Nutcracker for the first time. We love how the illustrations evoke all the feelings one can feel when attending a performance for the first time and not knowing if it should be something to be endured or enjoyed.

3- Finding Christmas As three woodland critters, Squirrel, Mouse and Hare prepare for Christmas they find a sick Sparrow in the snow that they lovingly rescue and then nurse back to health. This is a truly special book that focuses on the spirit of giving and on the power of compassion.

4-The Little Reindeer This new release is a simple and charming. We go with Ollie through the snowy forest as she follows the sounds of jingle bells to a pretty perfect Christmas adventure.  I particularly appreciated the illustrations.  The pops of red in the otherwise muted color scheme are perfect and the little bits of silver and cutouts add just the right touches of magic.

5- A World of Cookies for Santa This one had us at cookies; within these pages you will find a thorough overview of the different types of cookies left out for Santa in countries around the world. Also included are some of the Christmas traditions and several recipes for cookies mentioned in the book. A great primer for those who love to bake and learn about other cultures.

6- One Christmas Wish A beautiful British import that explores a boy’s loneliness on Christmas Eve and the magic that occurs after a Christmas wish helps remedy his sad situation. Emily Sutton’s illustrations are an utter delight.

7-Presents Through the Window A slightly less traditional Christmas read, we love Taro Gomi's tale of Santa's deliveries gone hilariously awry. Humorous, original, and interactive- all the elements of a great picture book.

8-The 12 Days of Christmas This is not new, and it's not exactly a picture book- but it's one of my absolute favorite holiday reads.  I laugh every year.  Told from the perspective of the appreciative, then exhausted, then exasperated, and finally furious recipient of the absurd gifts outlined in the classic holiday song. John Julius Norwich has created a holiday treasure.  And the illustrator?  None other than the inimitable Quentin Blake.  Highly recommend.

9-Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present If you like charming and humorous stories this one will not disappoint. On Christmas Eve, after his sleigh and reindeer have been put away for the season, Santa discovers one last gift that still needs to be delivered to a Harvey Slumfenberger. Santa must use his ingenuity to get the present to Harvey at the top of Roly Poly Mountain without his traditional mode of transportation.

10-The Nutcracker in Harlem Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, author T.E. McMorrow, takes the magic of the Nutcracker and introduces its magic to a new place and time.  An original and breathtaking spin on the familiar classic.

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