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Twelve Books Of Christmas - A Christmas Tradition Your Kids Will Love


Oh boy, what a year 2020 has been! Christmas is around the corner and it certainly doesn’t feel the same as it has in previous years, but we can’t let that stop us from getting into the holiday spirit, right? So, this year my family and I decided to try a new Christmas tradition. I got twelve Christmas books and wrapped each one up, then each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will unwrap one book with my kids and we will read it as our bedtime story. It's a really cute way to build up excitement and get into the holiday spirit. If you’d like to try a similar tradition, here are some ideas for Christmas books to add to your list of twelve!


The Square Root of Possible: A Jingle Jangle Story

A charming picture book story based on the Netflix holiday film Jingle Jangle, starring Phylicia Rashad, Forrest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Keegan Michael Key, and newcomer Madalen Mills, about an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention, that if they can get it to work in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.


A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World

A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you've returned home, the journey's still not over—M. E.


A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year!

This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season. In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy.


The Night Before Christmas: An African American Retelling

Written by teen Noland Nixon, this book is sure to spread joy and cheer to your family story times. The Night Before Christmas is an African-American retelling of Clement Moore's classic holiday poem, which is complimented by illustrations of an African-American family.Let's celebrate African American teen writers and enjoy the reading of a revised Christmas classic.


Silent Night (The Christmas Choir)

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol. Rediscover the Nativity Story in all its glory—from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels—as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. The world’s diversity is reflected in a cast of characters with a range of skin tones. A gorgeous book for all the family to share during the festive season.


In The Nick of Time

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.


Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

That cold winter's night,

beneath the star's light...


...a Little One came for the world.


Where Would Santa Go?: A Christmas adventure with the most famous world traveler

If you could travel the world, where would you go? How about Antarctica, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Nepal, Egypt, Iceland and Oman? Now who do you take with you? How about the most famous world traveler who’s seen it all?


Snow Globe Wishes

2019 Top 20 Goodreads Choice Awards As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland--beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow--lots and lots of snow.


I Got the Christmas Spirit

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting--CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!--and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows--BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish--for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.


Pick a Pine Tree

A festive read-aloud brimming with all the joy and excitement of Christmastime — beginning, of course, with picking out a tree!


Fritz the Farting Reindeer: A Story About a Reindeer Who Farts

Fritz is an excellent reindeer, except for one small problem: He has gas. And leading up to the BIG day, Santa must choose his Christmas crew. Will Fritz make the team?


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