Last year when we were in Uganda, I read a post from Sara Hagerty (who wrote Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, my favorite book from all of 2014), about how each December 1st they give each of their children a different book to read during Advent and as they collect them each year, they are able to have a library of beautifully written and illustrated advent books to set out during the month of December. I knew returning home would be so hard and such a shock and we’d forgo a lot of our Christmas traditions. But this I thought I could do! We always collect beautiful books and this was such a neat idea. So I purchased a few last year and plan to do so again (thank God for amazon prime) . So, without further adieu I thought I’d share the few we have read/own here and the ones we will purchase. And if you don’t already follow us on our Facebook page, do so! We are posting a daily 2pm book suggestion and this next week will be some of these great books as reminders!
First we have The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt. This is one of my favorite books! These three trees turn into the three crosses that Jesus and the 2 criminals were crucified on. What I love is that it isn’t traditional. It’s an Easter book, but it helps us point our children toward why He came: to be the savior of the world. That was always the plan.
Christmas Day in the Morning The illustrations alone in this book about a boy finding love as the perfect gift for his father, are worth the price. A great reminder for us all.
One Wintry Night This book by Ruth Bell Graham is a great depiction of the whole story. A boy is injured and finds a cabin to seeks refuge during a storm and hears the Christmas story for the first time. But this story starts with creation and ends all the way at the resurrection.
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones – this one is by the same author as the Jesus Storybook Bible and yes, it is just as good and just as beautifully illustrated!
No “Great Advent Book List” would be complete without Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas. I love this book, I also purchased this last year to have an easy advent season. One where we read a passage each day and just reflect on the gift that was truly Christ.
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