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Childhood Countdown to Christmas: Books

As you can see from, well, everything you’ve seen from my posts, I’m a big fan of books. I’ve been going through book after book after book since I was taught how to read. I’m not sure how I became this obsessed with books and building a library, but I like to think it all started with Christmas books.

Reading nightly Christmas books started after we adopted my little brother. (Coincidentally it was perfect reading practice for me as I was 4 years old and  in Pre-School.)

So here are my top 10 Christmas Books of my childhood. (I’ll add some links to discount book sites at the bottom so you can get them for yourself and/or for your family.)

(I also just finished my “Childhood Countdown to Christmas: Movies” post. I’ll add a link Here.

1. Olive the Other Reindeer

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This was one of my favorite books when I was super little. The thought of a Dog wanting to be a reindeer blew my 1-year-old little mind.

Summary

Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join their team, in the end, Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphics illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.

2. The Night Before Christmas

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No explanation needed. It’s a classic and it’s amazing.

Summary
In this famous poem, Saint Nicholas visits a sleeping household on Christmas Eve. “Clement C. Moore’s classic poem The Night Before Christmas is undeniably the most widely recognized Christmas ditty of all time. Moore’s words evoke images of warm, fuzzy Christmases, long before the invention of TV and microwave turkey. From the brush of artist Christian Birmingham comes this beautifully illustrated edition of the poem, bound in sturdy hardback. This book will delight for years to come.

3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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A simple and incredible Little Golden Book that I still love reading to this day.

Summary

Little Golden Book retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of the other reindeer make fun of Rudolph and won’t let him play in their reindeer games because he’s different. But when Christmas is almost canceled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to the rescue with his wonderful shiny red nose.

4. A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

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This story broke my little heart and then put it right back together again.

Summary

This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer, and squirrel of this story help make their special friend’s wish come true.

5. Merry Christmas, Mouse!

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Oh, I had all of this mouses books! But besides “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” this one is my favorite.

Summary

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates his Christmas tree in a holiday counting adventure.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for toddlers, who will enjoy this simple introduction to numbers. Mouse adds ornaments to his tree, one by one. A great opportunity for the littlest ones to practice counting along with the ever-popular Mouse.

6. The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree

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This may be the first Christmas books that were read to me. I can just see it now, My Nona (grandma) at the local Target (that was locally located 2 towns over) finding this sweet little book and picking it up cause she knew her grandkids would love it. ❤

Summary

This unforgettable tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, has become a seasonal classic-a touching and joyful story about courage and the power of family.

7. Bear Stays Up For Christmas

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This book was definitely from later in my childhood. I was in my pre-teen years but this book was too adorable not to love!

Summary

The day before Christmas, snuggled on his floor, Bear sleeps soundly with a great big snore. “Dear Bear. Get up!” Mouse shouts in his ear. “We won’t let you sleep through Christmas this year.” Bear’s friends are determined that he’s awake for Christmas and they get him up from his hibernation on Christmas Eve. Bear is excited to experience the holiday with his friends and tries very hard to stay awake, helping to find the right Christmas tree, making mint tea and singing carols. Finally, though, it’s his friends who have fallen asleep – and Bear Stays Up! He makes food and presents for his friends, not noticing that Father Christmas has also come to visit. Christmas morning dawns bright and happy for all!

8. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

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I really don’t know why a lot of my favorite Christmas books revolve around mouses. I blame Disney (also thank you, Disney).

Summary

A holiday story to be cherished by families everywhere.*

9. Apple Tree Christmas518n2P5hd7L

Honestly, I have no clue why I love this books so much. I just do and it reminds me of childhood.

Summary

Originally published over twenty years ago, and out of print since 1998, Sleeping Bear Press is proud to bring this beloved Christmas tale to a whole new audience. Moving and nostalgic, and brought to life by glowing watercolor paintings, it reveals the joy of a very special present and the love that a father and daughter share.

10. Letter’s From Father Christmas

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Now, this is a collection of Poems that My father used to read a few to my brother and I after we had already read that night’s story.

Summary

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply?

For more than twenty years, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien received letters from the North Pole — from Father Christmas himself! They told wonderful stories of mischief and disaster, adventures and battles: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place, how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house, and many others.


 

That was my Top 10 Christmas books of my childhood. I hope you enjoyed them and let me know what are some of your favorite childhood favorites.

Here are some discount book sites that I use waaaay too much.

ThriftBooks – Best to find Second-Hand books that are in good condition for cheap!

Book Depositary – Best for finding out of U.S. editions of books (plus free shipping worldwide!!!

Book Outlet – Best for finding new books for up to 90% off retail price. This link will give you a code for $10 off your first order of $25!

 

Happy Adventures!

~Alissa Molder

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