Christmas Books, picture book, Spectacular Illustrations

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Magic

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love read to me, this beautiful work of art! This book is the perfect end to my list: lovely, quiet, and magical. Reading this story is akin to watching the snow fall on a clear winter's evening. In it, Santa is presentedĀ as a fragile but capable man… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Magic

Christmas Books, picture book, poetry, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this rhyming charmer! There is nothing likeĀ a good rhyming text. When verse is well done, it's hard not to get caught up in the rhythm of the story. A rhyming text should be fun to read aloud, and listeners are just as delighted… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

American contemporary, Christmas Books, Classics, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love read to me this crowd-pleasing read-aloud! I heart the Herdmans. Described by the young narrator of this book as "absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world," they certainly know how to add laughs to a Christmas story. The annual Christmas pageant is a… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Christmas Books, Classics, Personal Faves, picture book

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Polar Express

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love read to me this magical masterpiece! In some ways, it feels ridiculous adding this book to the list. The Polar Express is pretty much the first title that comes to mind when people talk about Christmas picture books. But I am of the staunch belief that… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Polar Express

Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this poignant Polacco! Patricia Polacco's books are an entire course of children's literature unto themselves. They are a teacher's dream- stories about communities coming together, triumph after hardship, and extraordinary acts committed by ordinary people. Her books are well-written, beautifully illustrated, and tug… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry