Some of my favorite books from the Christmastide half of my family's Christmas book basket...
Jan Brett, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Jan Brett, Tomie dePaola, and Trina Schart Hyman are my three favorite children's book illustrators. It was a very happy day when I found this book at the thrift store for a dime- but nothing compared to fellow Church Lady Mary Liz when she got to meet Jan Brett a few weeks ago.
A unique retelling of the classic tale. I appreciate how the dialogue is much less repetitive in this version than most.
In chapter-long reminisces, Tomie dePaola reflects on Christmas past, from childhood holidays in New England to time spent at a Benedictine abbey and life in the American Southwest. As a fan, it was interesting to learn more about his life.
A sweet story about the origin of panettone, an Italian Christmas bread.
Last winter, my family listened to this book on CD while traveling to visit family at Christmas. The Ingalls' family's hardships were incredible. At some points, the cost of groceries were inflated to the point of today's costs- nearly 150 years later. Yet Ma still managed to make Christmas Day special for her family.
Books were either purchased myself or checked out from the library.