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As we head toward the 25th, I must report that the Book Advent has overall been a success, at least as far as I can tell given that Baby Z can neither read nor talk.

Though our version does not look like this. The books are kept in an old Barnes & Noble tote with a blue snowflake design, and are pulled out pretty randomly except for Days 1, 24, and 25. If the books are too advanced (for now) text-wise, we just look at the pictures. If a title is popular and is known by multiple versions, I’ve added the author or illustrator. I’ve also tried to include some books with a more international flavor.


1. Little Tree by e.e. cummings (Dragonfly Books) This is one of my favorite poems in the world. Every since I was a kid we would read this once the tree was decorated.
2. 12 Days of Christmas illustrated by Roger Priddy
3. The Polar Express
4. The Nutcracker version by Susan Jeffers
5. Christmas at the Zoo: A Pop-Up Winter Wonderland
6. The Legend of the Poinsettia (Mexico)
7. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
8. Carl's Christmas
9. Dream Snow
10. The Gift of the Magi illustrated by P.J. Lynch
11. Snowmen at Christmas
12. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story
13. Angelina's Christmas
14. A Child's Christmas in Wales (Wales)
15. The Story of Holly and Ivy
16. A Christmas Carol illustrated by Brett Helquist
17. The Crippled Lamb
18. Olive, the Other Reindeer
19. Santa Is Coming to Washington
20. The Snowman
21. The Wild Christmas Reindeer (Sweden)
22. Babar and Father Christmas (France)
23. Madeline's Christmas (France)
24. The Night Before Christmas: The Anniversary Edition illustrated by Christian Birmingham
25. My First Story of the First Christmas - one in a series of Mormon classics for kids.
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