December Book Basket

I know – more books, right? We just can’t get enough of the holiday books, though. You may have read the post Unwrapping Books already so now you are thinking “isn’t 25 books enough?” Well, the emphatic answer to that is NO! There are so many good books that were not chosen to get wrapped this year. We have to include them somehow. So, we have another basket for the books that didn’t get wrapped or have already been unwrapped. Each one has a memory or special part of it that no other one can copy. And they all get read at some point. Most of them get read more than once.


The books included in this basket are:

  1. The Nutcracker – adapted by Bethany Snyder, illustrated by Pat Thompson
  2. The Nutcracker (Fun-To-Read Fairy Tales series – illustrated by Roberta Collier-Morales
  3. Fluffy Saves Christmas – Kate McMullan, illustrated by Mavis Smith
  4. Clifford Christmas Wishes – Gail Herman, illustrated by Mark Marderosian
  5. Max’s Christmas – Rosemary Wells
  6. Is That You Santa? – Margaret A. Hartelius
  7. Frosty The Snowman (Little Golden Book) – retold by Annie North Bedford, pictures by Corinne Malvern
  8. I Spy Merry Christmas – riddles by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick
  9. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Fun-To-Read Fairy Tales series) – illustrated by Katherine Lawless
  10. My First Christmas – Tomie dePaola
  11. The Nutcracker: The Story of the New York City Ballet’s Production – told in pictures by Martha Swope
  12. Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas – Sarah Albee, illustrated by Maggie Swanson
  13. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams, adapted by Ashley Crownover, illustrated by Pat Thompson
  14. The Nutcracker: A Young Reader’s Edition of the Holiday Classic – E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by Daniel Walden, illustrated by Don Daily
  15. How Santa Got His Job –  Stephen Krensky, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
  16. Merry Christmas: Treasury of Stories and Songs
  17. Little Lost Angel – Janet Field Heath, illustrated by Janet Laura Scott
  18. Christmas in Colonial and Early America – published by World Book Encyclopedia, edited by Peter Andrews
  19. The Christmas Story – from the King James Bible, paintings by Gennady Spirin
  20. Pop-up The Night Before Christmas – designed by Paul Taylor and illustrated by Marvin Brehm
  21. The Nutcracker: A Treasure Collection Christmas Pop-up – E.T.A. Hoffman and Pioty Ilyich Tchaikovsky, retold by Victoria Crenson, illustrated by Marco Ventura
  22. The Christmas Cub – Justine Korman Fontes, illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

There are also several books that the kids have made over the years that we keep in this basket during the season. Old friends are a constant and I am so glad to have these old friends to bring out every year. At Home.

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4 thoughts on “December Book Basket

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    […] Second, all the other books that are not wrapped up are placed in a basket for the girls to read. And read they do. You can see the titles of the books that ended up in this basket in this post. […]

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