If you’ve been following our blog since the very beginning you may remember that I posted around this time last year about starting a holiday tradition with my boys called #holidaybookaday and the #kindness calendar.
The premise is instead of opening a small gift every day in December to count down the holidays we open a holiday book (it could be about any of the December holidays including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve) and we also open a small piece of paper with an activity that promotes kindness. For example some of the kindness activities we did last year were, ‘candy cane bombing’ a parking lot, bringing teachers coffee, holding open the door for others, drawing a picture for someone, making a list of polite words to use, etc. We had such a wonderful time reading holiday books and being kind to others that I can’t wait to continue these traditions this year. With so many great new books to add to our list I know this month is going to be just as special as last years!
Here is a list of some of the books we will be reading:
The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli
Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey
Christmas Makes Me Think by Tony Medina illustrated by Chandra Cox
Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht illustrated by Jarvis
Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray illustrated by Mike Lowery
Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Siebold
A Piñata in a Pine Tree by Pat Mora illustrated by Magaly Morales
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket illustrated by Lisa Brown
Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah by Sylvia Rouss illustrated by Katherine Kahn
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy
Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis illustrated by Daniel Minter
K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford and Ken Wilson-Max
Here are a few others that I still need to wrap…
Stayed tuned for more wonderful holiday books in the month of December including some great ones to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the coming of a new year!