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Christmas Books from Our Collection December 27, 2008

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

Drummer Boy by Loren Long

Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray

An Orange for Franki by Patricia Polacco

Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco


Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera 

I’ve Seen Santa! by David Bedford

The Reindeer Christmas by Atsuko Morozumi

Santa Calls by William Joyce

Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner? by Tomie dePaola 

Trouble With Trolls by Jan Brett

Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett

The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett 

Mrs. Claus Explains It All by Love

Santa Claus by Rod Green

Olivia Helps with Christmas by Falconer

Olive the Other Reinderr by Vivian Walsh

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner 

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bregren

Christmas in the Manager Board Book by Nola Buck

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry 

Who is Coming to Our House by Richard 

Santa’s Reindeer by Rod Green

Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury by Jan Brett

Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

Unwrapping the Christmas Creche by Lisa Flinn and Barbara Younger

The Christmas Miracle by Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

The Christmas Alphabet by Robert Sabuda

Waiting for Christmas: A Story about the Advent Calendar by Kathleen Bostrom

I Smell Christmas by Mercer Mayer

Country Angel Christmas by Tomie dePaola

Cookie Count by Robert Sabuda

Santa Kid by James Patterson

Hurry Santa! by Julie Sykes

Jingle Bugs by David A. Carter

Frosty’s New Friends by Richard Cowdrey

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano


A New Christmas book to add to our family collection December 11, 2008

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christmas-farmChristmas Farm, by Mary Lyn Ray, is a charming new addition to our family Christmas book collection. I’ve added to the holiday collection each year since my children were born. We start reading our collection December 1st and continue through the holiday. 

Christmas Farm was given to me by my dear friend and literacy guru, Carol.

It is the story of Wilma and Parker, the young boy next door, and the Christmas trees that they nurse from seedlings through the years. Eventually they sold five-hundred and sixty-six Christmas trees.

The author’s choice of words are so poetic and beautiful. There is also references to counting by dozens (something many children have trouble with) so I could see using it to springboard a math lesson as well. 

“The young trees work with the spring, and again Wilma and Parker weeded around them, and Parker told them things. Now that he was six, he knew even more than when he was five.” 

“On summer nights, brown moths fluttered among the trees, fireflies flickered above them, and whip-poor-wills called across the darkness.”

The illustrations are as beautiful as the words! This is a must for a holiday book collection. A great gift for children, families, or lovers of books.