There are lots of things that I spend too much money on (like cutting boards and perfume scented pearled radiant pink tampons). But the one thing that I collect with gumption and dolla dolla bills, and make no apologies for, is Christmas picture books. I’m a big fan of traditions but my tradition to buy a new Christmas picture book every year has quickly evolved to more like 5 new Christmas books a year. I know that somewhere in my posterity there will be a Christmas picture book lover who will tenderly inherit my treasures, but until then I must cling them to my chest and defend my obsession.
I mean, Christmas is so magical and then when you throw in beautiful artwork and heartfelt stories…I become a major sap. Blah. So the time has come again where I have to share some of my favorite Christmas picture books. Swoon with me:
The Nativity (illustrated by Julie Vivas) – This book is one of my favorite illustrated books of all time. It perfectly captures what I felt like when pregnant (Mary is one of my personal heroes) and is just so adorable in general.
The Polar Express – I love the magic of this cross-continental train ride! I actually way prefer the book over the movie.
The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish – I adore all the pout-pout fish books. Especially because 3-year-olds are prone to be very animated pout-pout fishes (even at Christmas time!).
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Still one of the most well-written Christmas books in my opinion. A classic. The Dr. knew what he was doing.
The Carpenters Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree – A really intriguing and heartfelt story! Especially if you have a soft spot for New York.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – The biggest tear-jerk book on my list, I absolute love this book. Mr. Toomey has a heart of gold somewhere under his lumberjack beard.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (a Little Critter book) – Mercer Mayer, who illustrates and writes all the Little Critter books is my favorite children’s author. His books are like the essence of childhood. I know that sounds kinda dorky (this is a post about books after all) but he writes from the perspective of a child and it is exactly what I would expect an innocent child to say about Christmas. I love them.
Just a Snowman (another Little Critter book) – Like I said, I love the Little Critter books!
Tallulahs Nutcracker – The cutest ever Nutcracker tale of what goes on behind stage. I bought this one this year for Charlotte to open on Christmas Eve. I know she will grow to love it as much as I do.
The Night Before Christmas – Holly Hobbies illustrations are so lovely. All of the sweet babies nestled in their beds look like my babies, and I am not above buying an illustrated book because the children look like mine. But really, it’s one of my favorites!