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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas books

speaking of Christmas books...well I was.....
I was thinking of the other ones we have.
I buy one each year, usually from the local Oxfam book shop.
I would like to choose one each night as we go through to the big night but this usually ends in some disagreement and wanting one they remember from last year. this is defiantly bot an argument to have to they pick one and I pick one. Otherwise it might be Dear Santa every night... which is a good book but not one really to inspire.

This is the inspiring one this year. A friend recommended it to be and it has just the right amount of gold to give that sense of wonder to it. I love the work of Jane Ray for her use of gold and I sort of see this book with her work.

I love illustrations in books and could see no other better job than stitching illustrations. i have a couple of books that use stitch and find them really inspiring.

so here is a list of the books we have.
The Nativity by Jane Ray... little pop up models to make your own nativity scene at the end. Always stays on my bookshelf!
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Ok so not a Christmas book as such but you cant be without it.
Reindeer by Marks and Spencer. The board book that started it all off
Thomas and the Missing Christmas tree by Christopher Awdry. We had a very big Thomas fan.
Paddington and the Christmas surprise. by Micheal Bond.
A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith. A new favourite of mine.
Christmas in Exeter street. by Diana Hendry and John Lawrence. Love, love love these illustrations.
My penguin Osbert by E Cody Kimmel. Lot of penguin love in our household.
Christmas adventures in Hazelnut wood by Peggy Burton
Harry and the Dinosaurs make a Christmas wish. by Ian Whybrow. Big Harry fans as well.
Lauras Christmas Star by Klaus Baumgart
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
Santas Suitcase by Kate Lee
The Lighthouse keepers breakfast by R and D Armitage.
Mr Christmas by Roger Hargreves. I love the Mr Men as a child and everyone needs a book with a flying teapot!
Merry Christmas Maisy by Lucy Cousins
Christmas in Puddle Lane by Sheila Mccullogh
The Penguin who wanted to be different by Maria O Neill. More Penguins
The Night before Christmas by Clement Moore. Cant be without this one!
Letters from Father Christmas by J Tolkein. One for older children.

and hope to have one of Vanessas soon.
and if you are still here and not too bored then tell me about your favourite Christmas book/ illustrator and I will do a little giveaway, sort of like the teacher still checking if anyone is listening!


Catherine said...

Of course there is the old school Mog's Christmas by Judith Kerr, and the fantastic Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Although I have to say, I have a slight phobia of Christmas books - I can't explain why - I think it's because it bugs me when I see them lying around in the summer, because I forgot to round them all up and shove 'em in the Christmas Decorations box in the New Year!
x x x

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic list. I enjoyed reading A Jolly Christmas postman to my daughter for years and one by Nick Butterworth that I can't remember the name of now! Have a wonderfull Christmas and Happy New year!

Ticking stripes said...

Just discovered your lovely blog. I have collected childrens book illustrators for years . My favourites are Brian Wildsmith, Jane Ray, Nicola Bayley and Emma Chichester.

angharad handmade said...

The books look lovely! My daughter got Jane Ray's version of Snow White for Christmas and the illustrations are enchanting, so I must look out for that nativity book.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas, and wishing you a happy new year!