Nov 29 09
by cara
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25 Days of Christmas Books

When The Littlest Apple was born 2 years ago, I knew I wanted to start some new family traditions for Christmas.  I’d seen this idea several places, and given my love of books and my love of Christmas, this new tradition is a perfect fit for us.  The idea is to collect 25 Christmas books, wrap them all up (and number them, though this is optional) then let your child unwrap a book each night during the month of December to read.  Since The Littlest Apple is only 2, this will be my first year wrapping the books.  Our collection is still growing.  We’ve got 20 books, with about half of those gifted from grandparents.  Right now I’ve got some books that are on the baby-ish side, and some that are probably a little over my guy’s head, but I’m excited to see which books are his favorites this year.  As The Littlest Apple gets older, the books will change to reflect his age and interests.

Christmas Books

1.  My First Christmas,  by Tomie dePaola:  A beautifully illustrated boardbook with introductions to all of the basics of Christmas.

My First Christmas

2.  Biscuit’s Pet & Play Christmas, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli: My son loves Biscuit.  This one is a very short touch and feel book.

Biscuit's Pet and Play Christmas3.  Counting Christmas, by Karen Katz:  Karen Katz is always a favorite here, and this one will be great for a little boy learning to count!

Counting Christmas

4.  Jingle Bugs, by David A. Carter:  This is a pop-up book with music (Jingle Bells) and lights at the end.  This is a current favorite, but the pop-ups are a little too delicate for my rough little 2 year old.

Jingle Bugs

5.  Santa’s Special Day, by Janet Sacks:  This book teaches about colors.  Throughout the book, there are black and white pictures (like the one of Santa, below) that “magically” change to color pictures as you pull the tab.

Santa's Special Day

6.  The Mitten, by Jan Brett:  Jan Brett’s illustrations are amazing in this traditional Ukranian tale, and I especially love the extra insight you get from the border illustrations.

The Mitten

7.  Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett: Another great book illustrated by Jan Brett.  The Gingerbread Baby has the whole village trying to catch him, and a little boy comes up with a smart way to do it!

Gingerbread Baby

8. I Spy Christmas, by Jean Marzollo: This book is new for us this year, but since The Littlest Apple is starting to enjoy searching for things in pictures, I think he’s going to love this one!  There is so much to look at!

I Spy Christmas

9.  Curious George Christmas Countdown, by Tish Rabe: Also new for us this year.  The Littlest Apple loved his Curious George Halloween book, so I think this one is destined to be a favorite.

Curious George Christmas Countdown

10.  Russell’s Christmas Magic, by Rob Scotton: Another new one for us this year.  I love the whimsical illustrations.

Russell's Christmas Magic

11. The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree, by Jan and Mike Berenstain.

The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree

12.  A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate From A to Z, by Mary Engelbreit.  This was one of my son’s favorites last year.  An alphabet Christmas book with Mary Engelbreit’s gorgeous illustrations.

A Merry Litle Christmas Celebrate From A to Z

13.  A Scratch & Sniff Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore.  The scratch and sniff books were always a favorite of mine when I was little, so I’m happy to share this with The Littlest Apple.

A Scratch and Sniff Night Before Christmas

14.  Ho Ho Ho, by Mary Engelbreit:  This is a short little book (no real plot) with Mary Engelbreit’s lovely illustrations.

Ho Ho Ho

15.  The Sweet Smell of Christmas, by Patricia M. Scarry: This was the scratch and sniff book my parents read to my brother and me growing up.  My parents bought a copy for the The Littlest Apple, and I am excited to pass along this wonderful book (and scents!) to him.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

16.  The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg:  The Littlest Apple is probably a little young for this one right now, but this book is just so beautiful to look at!

The Polar Express

17.  Santa Claus, by Rod Green.  I spotted this book at Target last year.  What a neat, interactive book, with many flaps and letters to open!  This book, as you can tell from the title, is all about Santa Claus.  I think this book is perfect for older elementary school aged children.

Santa Claus

18.  The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Mary Engelbreit:  The classic story with Mary Engelbreit’s colorful illustrations.

The Night Before Christmas

19.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss.  Need I say more?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

20.  Dream Snow, by Eric Carle.  We love Eric Carle’s books, so it was great to find a Christmas one!

Dream Snow

I’m sharing this post with Show Us Your Life: Christmas Traditions at Kelly’s Korner

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  1. Excellent idea and wonderful book list; there are lots of good ones on there!

    This looks like so much fun I think I’m going to do this too – now I only hope I can find 25 Christmas books on this crazy little island!!

  2. I love this idea. Will be doing it next year.

  3. I LOVE your list! My favorite one on your list is “The Mitten” as the illustrations are so beautiful.
    I think my new favorite book from this Christmas is “The Christmas Sweater” by Glen Beck. Have you read it?
    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m off to browse around some more!

  4. I was already planning on doing this as part of my family Christmas activities! What a fantastic list of books! I will be doing my post next week regarding this idea and will link to you!!!

  5. This is really an excellent idea! I think I may be doing this, if I can collect enough books!

  6. Great idea and fun book list! We used to read a Christmas book every day in December through Christmas, but I hadn’t heard of wrapping and giving a book as a gift each day. I featured your post at

  7. Deb,

    Thanks for featuring my post! My son is only 3, so this is a relatively new tradition for us. We’re still building our collection, and I think we may actually have 25 books this year! We reuse the same books each year. The wrapping is optional, but kids always love to rip in to a present, don’t they?

  8. Sierra at H is for Homeschooli permalink

    I know this is not a new post for you, but I would love it if you would link up to my Christmas Advent link party. This is such a great list and a great idea. It inspired me to do the same thing 🙂

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