Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Picture Book Roundup

We have a Christmas book problem... like the kind of problem you might see on Hoarders.

Yeah, it's really that bad.

In fact, our books wouldn't fit in our crate.  They ended up piled everywhere.

From the library we had:
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: A Special Christmas Edition (This had a CD too, music, story, recipes, sheet music, etc.... a hit with MeiMei.)
Tyrannoclaus (Interestingly, not a favorite.  Not sure why.)
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett (I love the art in Jan Brett books, but I don't think my kids were all that into it.)
Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear? (Awkward to read aloud, but really cute.  Since we have been reading Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? grabbing this one at the library was a no-brainer.)
Shall I Knit You a Hat? A Christmas Yarn (Cute.)
Nutcracker Twinkle Toes: A Touch-and-Feel Book (MeiMei insisted on getting this board book... but I'm not sure anyone actually read it!)
The Gingerbread Pirates (Cute)
Santa Duck (Arguably the favorite of the library books-- we read this one over and over and over...)

New this year: (Books with an * were received for review... even if I told the kids they were from Gunther the Elf.)
The Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson
*It's Christmas by Jack Prelutsky (Boo was super excited about more Prelutsky poems, even if it is an "I Can Read" book.)
*Pete the Cat Saves Christmas (This was the "Night Before Christmas"y book that Mister got this year.  He gets one every year. It's really cute.)
*The Berenstain Bears' Old-Fashioned Christmas (Who doesn't love these bears, right? Very cute.)
*Santa Claus and the Three Bears (Cute retelling of the classic story, with Santa as the interloper.  Mister chose to keep this one rather than donate it to his school classroom.)
*Zoomer's Out-of-this-World Christmas (This one Mister donated.  Very cute-- aliens come and learn about Christmas.)
*The Snow Queen (A retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale-- awesome illustrations but LOTS of text, so better suited for older kids reading by themselves.  This is the one Boo chose to keep.)
*Twelve Days of Christmas (A new version of the classic song where Santa comes to the rescue.  This one Boo donated to her class.)
The Berenstain Bears' Merry Christmas (My mother-in-law sent this for the kids-- it's a great combo of Mad, Mad, Mad Toy Craze and Meet Santa Bear.)
Mooseltoe (Mister got this from his teacher.  Very cute.)
Look and Find Santa (Also from my mother-in-law.  The kids LOVE look and find books, so this was a big hit.  Like Waldo, though, it's tough!)

Books we already had:
The Elf on the Shelf
The Littlest Angel (I grew up with this one, but oh my gosh, as a parent I sob the whole way through.)
The Night Before Christmas
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
The Christmas Story
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Santa on the Loose
Favorite Christmas Stories (This one was mine as a kid-- 4 stories about Christmas.)
Who Will Help Santa This Year?
Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (Little Critter)
The Penguin Who Wanted to Be Different: A Christmas Wish
The Merry Christmas Mystery (Winnie the Pooh)
The Sweetest Christmas (Winnie the Pooh)
The Night Before Christmas (Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson)
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Mr. Men: The Night Before Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Forgotten Carols (Okay, so this one isn't so much a picture book, but Boo's old enough to enjoy it and it's picture book shaped.)

See what I mean?  We're going to end up on Hoarders.  Seriously.

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