Growing up, I never knew life without reading. My parents read to us every night and my grandmother bought us books for every holiday. Looking back, that is one of the things I am most thankful for – being taught to love reading. Did you know that learning to love reading is actually a learned behavior? It’s something parents teach their children… and you better believe I’m in it for the long haul (and I hope you are too)! We may not have our baby here with us yet… only 5-6 weeks left!… but I wanted to go ahead and start some holiday traditions early since my niece and nephew are coming to visit.
I’ve seen several bloggers out there that wrap up a book for every day of December and let their kids open them each night. I wanted to do something similar, but not necessarily with all “Christmas” books. Some are just fun books that I love, others teach about different holidays, and some are more for me and my husband to enjoy!
A lot of them are books I plan on reading to baby once he’s here, so they may not be super holiday related, but I’m going to wrap them all up and put them under the tree with THESE countdown tags. Each night we’ll open one and read it to baby even though he’s not here yet. It may seem silly, but I want to get the tradition started and share it with our niece and nephew when they’re visiting. Our niece is 20 months old so she’ll enjoy the infant books and our 5-year-old nephew will be a huge help reading them to her. If you have books out and available, they’re much easier to read. Just like I had in my classroom, I plan on having baskets of books around the house, making it easy to grab a book and read it to baby whenever I want.
Without further ado, here are the 31 books we plan on opening and reading this December! My niece and nephew will be here December 5-9 so those books were specifically chosen with them in mind.
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1. The Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Tradition 2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 3. Ramadan by Hannah Elliot 4. Dream Snow by Eric Carle 5.