I've pulled out our Christmas/Winter books, and every year I get them out in November and read a new one each day. Some I love, some are just ok - I'd like to get some recommendations of your favorites, so I can improve my collection!
Here's what I have:
|Allsburg, Chris Van - The Polar Express|
|Barry, Robert - Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree|
|Baylor, Byrd - And it is still that way: Ledgends told by Arizona Indian Children|
|Bianco, Margery Williams - The Velveteen Rabbit|
|Bowman, Leslie W. - The Fiddler of the Northern Lights|
|Brett, Jan - The Mitten^|
|Brett, Jan - Christmas Trolls^|
|Brett, Jan - Gingerbread Baby|
|Brett, Jan - The Hat^|
|Brett, Jan - The Night Before Christmas^|
|Brett, Jan - The Twelve Days of Christmas^|
|Brett, Jan - Trouble with Trolls^|
|Brett, Jan The - Wild Christmas Reindeer^|
|Brown, Margaret Wise - A Pussycat's Christmas|
|Brown, Michael - Santa Mouse|
|Christiansen, Candace - The Mitten Tree|
|Garland, Michael - The Mouse Before Christmas|
|Godden, Rumer - The Story of Holly and Ivy|
|Johnson, Carolyn M. - Winter Tales of the Snowbabies|
|Kneen, Maggie - The Christmas Surprise|
|Korman, Justine - The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas|
|Lindgren, Astrid - Christmas in Noisy Village|
|Lindgren, Astrid - The Tomten|
|Lindgren, Astrid - The Tomten and the Fox|
|Littledale, Freya - The Snow Child|
|Matthews, Caitlin - Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter's Eve ( Barefoot Books Collection)|
|McCourt, Lisa - Merry Christmas, Stinky Face|
|Monroe, Colleen - A Wish to be a Christmas Tree|
|Root, Phyllis - Grandmother Winter|
|Schulevitz, Uri - Snow|
|Seuss, Dr. - How the Grinch Stole Christmas|
|Stainton, Sue - Santa's Snow Cat|
|Tudor, Tasha - Corgiville Christmas|
|Tudor, Tasha - The Night Before Christmas|
|Van Laan, Nancy - Shingebiss, An Ojibwe Ledgend|
|Watson, Wendy - Has Winter Come|
|Wilder, Laura Ingalls - Winter Days in the Big Woods (My First Little House Books)|
|Wood, A.J. - The Christmas Hat|
|Wynstones Press - Winter|
That's a great list!
AAK started a similar thread a few days ago, but also including adult reads: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1279505/favorite-holiday-reads-lets-make-a-list
You've reminded me about The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. I don't think it has been mentioned in either thread yet.
I really liked The Last Straw - very nice illustrations and message. We got it last year and it's disappeared. I'm really hoping I packed it up with our Christmas stuff, as opposed to losing it somewhere.
Also, we have a Christmas version of the Bear Snored On book (Bear Stays Up for Christmas) that's very cute and the girls like a lot.
A more secular winter book that's beautiful is Owl Moon by Yolen. Lovely story about a cold winter night going 'owling' with her father.
We also have The Shortest Day which is about Winter Solstice and its history/traditions, including some projects in the back of the book (triangulating the angle of the sun etc.), a simple kids' book but very nice.
The Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite of mine too. I do a holiday program in my Children's Room called How Toys Become Real where we read that story and each child brings their favorite stuffed animal and they also bring a new, unwrapped one to put in our Toys for Tots donation box. The Night Before Christmas is another favorite and there are so many beautifully illustrated versions. For our Night Before Christmas storytime we actually go to a local farm/nursery where they have reindeer. We bundle up & read the story outside with hot chocolate and snacks & then go into the barn & each child gets to feed the reindeer an apple. It's by far one of our patrons' favorite programs.
I also like:
It's Christmas David by David Shannon
Bear's First Christmas by Robert Kinerk
Little Rabbit's Christmas by Harry Horse
The Snow Angel by Christine Leeson
The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen , illustrated by Rachel Isadora
taken from The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
check out my children's room in the library: Hampton Bays Public Library Children's Room http://hbaychildroom.blogspot.com/
No one has mentioned this one yet:
Sam and his mom make goodies for their neighbors and drop them off silently in the early morning to surprise them. Very cute.
For funny, my kids think Mooseltoe is hilarious. http://www.amazon.com/MOOSELTOE-First-Margie-Palatini/dp/B003OH71A8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1290323739&sr=1-3
And a third to add is "All you need for a snowman"
I love many of the stories mentioned above, but sometimes the ones with lots of "meaning" get me teared up and I need something a little bit humorous or just simple.
We always like The Sweet Smell of Christmas - http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Smell-Christmas-Scented-Storybook/dp/0375826432
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
The Donkey's Dream http://www.amazon.com/Donkeys-Dream-Barbara-Helen-Berger/dp/0399212337/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290345102&sr=1-1 is really sweet.
I just LOVE Christmas and winter books. :)
We have a ton. Many that you listed and some that I've forgotten but here's a good size list. I've included Christmas, Winter, Nativity stories and some cheesier books as well. My DD loves them all.
R~Mama to my sweet A 7//07 & bubbly Z 3/12
AND due 9/13
Found two new ones (well, rediscovered one from my childhood too):
The Angel of Mill Street (Weller) - a sweet old family story of Christmas Eve, and a dog who saves an uncle - nice pictures.
Star Mother's Youngest Child (Moeri) - the one from my childhood. Black and white drawings -- published in the 70's -- a great little story about Christmas and its traditions and giving (even when you don't have much if anything) - and a good reminder for the adult(s) reading it of what Advent and Christmas are really about. I am going to see whether I can find a copy of this one, to add to our 'library.' [not specifically religious, a family who is not religious at all wouldn't have a problem with the book I don't think]