Friday, November 21, 2014

Our Book-a-Day Advent Calendar

Ok, ok, "Quick Takes" is supposed to be a list of seven, but-- I'm bending rules here, because I really want to talk about my Advent calendar.  So, twenty-five Quick Takes...? Hey, at least it's a list, right?

A list of twenty-five books, wrapped and numbered... One for each day.

Inspired by Catholic blogger Elizabeth Foss, I did this for the first time last year, when my children were nearly 2 and nearly 3 years old.  Some books were hits, others not so much-- but a year can do a great deal, and I've been mom long enough to know that even last month's "meh" can be this month's obsession. We'll see what they make of the collection this time around....!

Its spine is several of Foss' selections (I'll buy pretty much anything that she recommends!), rounded out with other Christmas books that we were lucky enough to receive.  And I'd be so happy if you would comment with your suggestions, too!  I'd love to hear what your young children are reading this season...  For example, can anyone recommend a book for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe?  It's an embarrassing gap in my current plan!

1. Who Is Coming to Our House?  (Slate and Wolff)
2. A New Coat for Anna (Ziefert and Lobel)
3.  Christmas in the Big Woods (Wilder and Graef)
4. The Nutcracker (Balducci and Lanza; Little Golden Book)
5. [Feast of St. Nicholas]  The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale (Shepard and Edelson)
6. The Snowy Day (Keats)
7. Strega Nona's Gift (de Paola)
8. [Immaculate Conception] The Story of Christmas (Brundage)
10. The Birds of Bethlehem (de Paola)
11. The Mitten (Brett)
12. [Our Lady of Guadalupe]  The Legend of the Christmas Rose (Hooks and Williams)
13. [Feast of St. Lucy] Lucia Morning in Sweden (Rydaker)
15.  Christmas in the Manger (Buck and Bond)
16. Baboushka and the Three Kings (Robbins and Sidjakov)
17. The Little Fir Tree (Brown and LaMarche)
20. All for the Newborn Baby (Root and Bayley)
21.  The Snow Queen (Anderson and Cavendish)
22.  The Friendly Beasts (de Paola)
23. The First Night (Hennessy, Johnson, and Fancher)
24. The Night Before Christmas (Moore and Birmingham)
25. Good King Wenceslas (Cavendish)

Happy Friday!  Thank you for visiting, and please check out This Ain't the Lyceum for more Quick Takes!


  1. Great list! I'm really bad about being intentional about which book I bring out when - I *want* to wrap them, but this year it's not going to happen... I'm thinking I might be able to enlist my 5-year-old's help next year to wrap them though, he LOVES that sort of thing!

    1. Thanks! I love your recent post on Advent preparation-- so many helpful book lists!

      And I hear you about the question of "what book when?" It could drive me nuts! :) Hugs to your helpful five-year-old, and best wishes for a blessed Advent season.

  2. I love this idea! I don't have kids, but I want to do this for someone...or have someone do it for me, lol!

  3. One of our Christmas favorites is Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo. The illustrations are gorgeous and the very simple story almost always moves me to tears.

    1. Thanks, Kristen, for the recommendation... I've added it to our Amazon cart, because-- wow, those illustrations DO look beautiful!! I'm sure that our family will love it.

  4. Great list! My kids love Mortimer's Christmas Manger.