So here we go, my virtual basket of Advent and Christmas books! I decided not to put them in any particular order, just divided up between picture books and the slightly longer "chapter books" (although many of these have pictures too :) )
Also, there are two books that we read a chapter from every single day during Advent starting on December 1st:
In the morning, we work on our Jesse Tree, and we've been reading Geraldine McCaughrean's The Jesse Tree. And every evening when we light our Advent wreath part of our family time is reading Jostein Gaarder's The Christmas Mystery, and it is AMAZING!:
Last year I discovered The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, the author of Sophie's World. We actually didn't get to finish it last year, but we're planning on it this year, and it's the most interesting book. It serves as a sort of Advent calendar in book form, but in true Gaarder style, it is filled with mystery and interesting and unexpected turns and metafictional qualities. A boy named Joachim, finds an old Advent calendar in a bookstore, but he soon finds out it's anything but ordinary. Through the Advent calendar and the little pieces of paper that are behind each door, we become part of a mysterious story, one in which the characters are traveling across countries and back in time to the Birth of Christ. There are just some simply beautiful passages too!
So, what books are you reading this Season?
Oh, also, I just found this and thought it was pretty amazing, a recording of Dylan Thomas himself reading his A Child's Christmas in Wales! :