We did it last year and it's a lot of fun...except we didn't have quite enough Christmas books, and when I got online to order some, they just cost more than I was willing to spend. We buy most of our books used, either from some local shops or online. But it's no surprise that used Christmas books (especially hard cover) cost more around Christmas when they're in higher demand...and some titles we weren't able to find used at all then.
So I was happy to recently find some favorite Christmas titles I've been wanting for $2.50 a piece...for hard-cover books.
You'll typically get the best prices at thrift stores or garage sales, but that's not such a reliable way to find specific titles. My favorite place to buy books online is Better World Books. They manage to be socially conscious and at the same time consistently the cheapest place online to buy used books and have a huge selection. A lot of books are only $4 a piece, and often have sales where you can get 4 books for $3 or 40% off if you buy 3 or 4 used books, etc. I keep a list of books I want and then watch for one of their sales. (Disclaimer: I do work with their affiliate program, but I was in no way compensated or even asked to write this post. This is completely my own opinions and the giveaway at the end is provided by me...not Better World Books.)
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of great Christmas books, but here are some of our favorites. I've put my personal VERY favorites in bold.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Gingerbears Help Santa
The Christmas Memory Quilt by Kimberly Webb
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett
I Spy Little Christmas by Jean Marzollo
Merry Christmas from Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Little Critter's The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer
The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell
The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett
The Hawaiian Christmas Tree by Dawn Adrienne
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The Very First Christmas Recordable Book (recorded by the kids' grandparents)
And some books that we don't have yet, but I would love to get:
It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon
Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
I mentioned it above in the list, but A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck is another lesser known favorite worth making special note of. It's illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright (as in one of my favorite artists/fabric designers) and is more focused on the religious part of the holiday than a lot of our other Christmas books.
I was recently able to find several copies of one of our favorite lesser-known Christmas books, The Christmas Memory Quilt by Kimberly Webb, so I thought it would make a fun little giveaway...
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