25 Days of Christmas Books 2015

25 Days – Book 25: The Biggest Story

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I am so delighted to end this year’s Christmas picture book countdown with a book that breaks all the rules of the countdown. First off, this isn’t just a Christmas picture book. Yes, it is the perfect story to read on Christmas, or surrounding Christmas; but it should actually be read as often and anytime as desired.

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Second, this isn’t really even a children’s picture book. Yes, it has some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen; but it actually has 10 chapters, is quite long, and is definitely not just for children. This book is the best story that has ever been told – the story about a King who crushes snakes and is destined to die and deliver humanity. This is The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung, illustrated by Don Clark, 2015.

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25 Days – Book 24: Marguerite’s Christmas

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I have saved a very lovely and exciting new book for this Christmas Eve post. I spied this one a few months back at a book conference and have been waiting to finally have a chance to see and review it. Originally printed in Canada in 2013, this book has finally made its way to the U.S. thanks to the wonderful Enchanted Lion Books. It is a unique, endearing, slightly bizarre story about an elderly woman spending Christmas Eve in her home. Here is Marguerite’s Christmas by India Desjardins, illustrated by Pascal Blanchet, 2015.

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25 Days – Book 22: When Santa Was A Baby

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Three days until Christmas and four books to go for the picture book countdown. Today’s book is one that I spied at a conference early this year and have been so excited to see it come out. Though I must admit, it isn’t really the story that I was excited about it, but more the illustrations. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to no one. This is a book about Santa from birth to how he grew to become the famed Santa Claus. Here is When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout, 2015.

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25 Days – Book 20: Bear Stays Up

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Six more books in this countdown to Christmas and today I am sharing a sweet book about friendship and celebration. A story about a bear and his friends who don’t want to let him sleep through Christmas. One in the series of books about Bear, here is Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman, 2004.

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25 Days – Book 19: Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!

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For today’s book in the countdown to Christmas, I have yet another new Christmas book for the pile. From the creators of the beloved and hilarious Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, comes this humorous Christmas Eve tale about animals too eager to see Santa and getting stuck in the chimney. Check out Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, 2015.

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25 Days – Book 18: A Child’s Christmas In Wales (Ill. Raschka)

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We are a week away from Christmas in this picture book countdown. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted already from the holiday. I’m also behind. So when I sat down today to write this post, I was a bit disheartened to remember I had chosen a very long book. I mean really long, as in, it probably shouldn’t even count as a picture book. But then I sat with it, read through it, and felt myself take a deep sigh. I needed the moment of peace. I needed to be told a story from someone like this whose storytelling reminds me of my grandfather. So I am at peace with today’s book and hope you need something just like it too. Take a moment with A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, illustrated by Chris Raschka, (1954) 2004.

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25 Days – Book 16: Christmas Is Together-Time

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Continuing on our Christmas picture book countdown, it is time for some vintage. And who better than Charlie Brown for sentimental, nostalgic, tongue-in-cheek, festive reading? This is one of the small gift books from the 60s and it is hysterical, charming, thought-provoking, smile-inducing, and chock full of Peanuts characters. Add in one color, black ink on bright red and green paper, and I am sold! Here is Christmas is Together-Time by Charles M. Schulz, 1964.

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