Our Christmas Book Favorites

 
The kids look forward to each year when we bring our Christmas books out of storage.  They each have their favorites they scoop up right away as the exclaim, "Oh!  I thought I'd never see this again!"  So dramatic, but yet shows how much they cherish their holiday books.
 
Here are the West kids' favorite pics for Christmas:
 

Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea

This cute little board book series stars a ferocious little dino who is always battling something.  The library.  Bedtime.  Mommy.  And now he takes on Santa.  This is fun for all ages.


Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Santa gets a little too ambitious with his sweets in this hilarious little book and ends up stuck in the chimney.  The story and illustrations reminded me of a mix between Jan Brett's illustrating style (picture within a picture) and the fairy tale "The Gigantic Turnip" - with the role of "turnip" played by Santa.  :)


The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

The Nutcracker needs no introduction.  This is a new favorite for us to read over and over.  The illustrations are just lovely in Susan Jeffers book and we like the book retold by AnnMarie Anderson.


The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

This story is sure to be a favorite with so many boys and girls.  A young boy and his mother are making gingerbread cookies to leave for Santa but Captain Cookie is just to dear for young Jim to leave on the plate so he takes him to bed.  Captain Cookie comes to life as soon as Jim falls asleep and sets out to save his crew from the awful cannibal named Santa Claus.
 

 
Room for a Little One:  A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell

The illustrations in this book are just so whimsical and lovely.  The lines on each page are short and so sweet, making this a nice read for the youngest little listeners.
 


The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland

This twist on "The Night Before Christmas" is my eldest's current favorite.  Mouse is gathering cookies on his plate when Santa arrives.  He wants to peek inside Santa's sack and ends up falling in and going on a sleigh ride with the jolly old elf.
 

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry

This sweet book was my childhood favorite, wrapped up in memories of sitting on Grandma's lap as we scratched and sniffed our way through a Christmas of the past. 


What are your favorite Christmas books?




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