The Kids’ 2016 Christmas Book Haul


How is everyone settling into 2017?  I am apparently just as frazzled and discombobulated as ever, because I accidentally scheduled both my regular Monday post and my December reading roundup – which was supposed to go live on Wednesday – on Monday the 2nd.  Oops!  Off to a great start, right?  So instead of changing the reading roundup post back to “scheduled” status, I decided to just pop in with an unplanned post – unplanned, but something I always meant to do at some point in January – a post about the kids’ Christmas book haul!  Santa always brings lots of books to our house – for the whole family.  But as excited as I always am to open my own bookish gifts, I think my favorite part of Christmas is choosing – that is, helping Santa choose – the kids’ books.

Advent (and post-Christmas) Books

Adding to our family Christmas library is one of my beloved Advent traditions.  When Peanut was very small and we had no Christmas library to speak of, I went a little crazy buying piles of picture books and board books.  Needless to say, we have a pretty extensive holiday library now, so I’m adding to it at a much slower rate – one book per kid, each year.  This year, they received:

  • Apple Tree Christmas, by Trinka Hakes Noble (for Peanut)
  • Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, by Alice Schertle (for Nugget)

In addition to the Advent books, I couldn’t resist adding a new book celebrating winter, just a few days after Christmas.  Peanut has a book called Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and we both love reading it together – the text is practically poetry and the illustrations are stunning.  On a whim, I checked on Amazon to see if the author had any other (similar) books and saw that she has also written a winter book.  Despite the piles of books under the tree, I knew that I the kids should have it.  So I immediately ordered:

  • Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner

Peanut’s Haul (From Santa)


I’ve had to break Peanut’s book haul into two groups, because it was too big to fit in one picture.  Anyone surprised by that?  No?  Anyway, she did very well.  Santa had a blast choosing her books and I think he picked very well:

  • The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
  • Little Women: A Playtime Primer (Babylit), by Jennifer Adams
  • Book Speak: Poems About Books, by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Katie in London (Katie Books), by James Mayhew
  • Going West (My First Little House Books), by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Adventures in Brambly Hedge (Brambly Hedge Box Sets), by Jill Barklem

Peanut’s Haul (From Relatives)


Peanut also was spoiled by her friends and relatives, receiving:

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Frontier’s of Space, by Dominic Walliman (from Aunt Rebecca)
  • Every Day Birds, by Amy Vanderwater (from Grandpa and Grandma Lynn)
  • Drum Dream Girl, by Margarita Engle (from Grandma)
  • Star Wars (Search and Find), (from Nana and Grandad)
  • The Story of Peppa Pig, (from Nana and Grandad)
  • Hermione Granger Character Guide, (from Nana and Grandad)
  • Harry Potter Character Guide, (from Nana and Grandad)

Nugget’s Haul


Nugget’s books being smaller, somehow I was able to cram them all into one picture.  As you can see, he also did well.  From Santa, Nugget received:

  • A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play, by Marilyn Singer
  • A Day at the Fire Station, by Richard Scarry
  • Busy Busy Town, by Richard Scarry
  • Jamberry, by Bruce Degen
  • The Odyssey: A Monsters Primer (Babylit), by Jennifer Adams

He was spoiled by friends and relatives, too:

  • Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker (from Grandma)
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (from Aunt Rebecca)
  • The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (from Nana and Grandad)
  • Thomas the Train Engine Hidden Surprises (from Nana and Grandad)

I feel like I must be leaving something out.  The Christmas books have already been scattered around the house, so I probably did forget something when I was gathering them up.  Sorry to anyone whose book I left out – we appreciated it, you can trust me on that one!  There can never be too many books in this house.

Did Santa leave any books under your tree?

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