Jessica, over at Shower of Roses, is hosting a favorite Advent and Christmas book link-up. Here are a few of my family's favorites (not in any particular order--just the random way they came to mind).
One of my little kids' favorite books is Baby's Christmas illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. And who doesn't love Eloise Wilkin? I thought of this one first because Elizabeth just asked for this one to be read this morning. Our is a little Golden book from when my husband was a child, even more precious! Though I have to say, ours doesn't look like this one, but I think it is the same one.
Another favorite is Tomie dePaola's Book of Christmas Carols. We use this book to sing carols every night after our Advent Wreath. I like it because the littler kids have beautiful pictures to look at while we sing! I'm thinking it must be out of print? Bummer. Of course we like all of dePaola's books but two other favorites are The Lady of Guadalupe and Mary, The Mother of Jesus. (Which for some weird reason, weren't with my other books and haven't made it into the basket yet... I have to go hunt them down!).
The Nativity is a really cool book. Delicate, but cool. My kids love looking at this one over and over. I did also buy this one for gifts one year.
We've always sort of been library people and of the Christmas books we own--at least half have been Ken's as a child! And, slowly, some of them are deteriorating and are out of print (like A Very Special Baby--a sweet book!). This year I bought a couple of our favorites from the library (shhh!):
The Polar Express. Love the book, cried when I saw the movie--I hated it. I think the movie didn't even come close to capturing the sweetness of the book. After I got over my shock, I think the movie isn't all bad. But still, no comparison to the book.
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas. A beautiful story of faith. We've checked this one out often from the library--I think it is time it became part of our library! This is another book that is MIA, The Legend of Saint Nicholas. Hmmm, where are my books?? Don't you hate that? When you can't find something that should have been with everything else? Drives me crazy.
And lastly, we have Santa's Favorite Story. It juxtaposes the fun of Santa with the real meaning of Christmas and gives proper respect to the birth of Christ. Lovely!
I'm looking forward to checking out all the other ideas out there!