What We Are Reading This Month:: December

Happy December, Everyone!

We are reading a ton of books this month. Starting December 1st, we’ve been reading one  Christmas picture book a day. We will do this until Christmas day. Yes, I have in my possession 25 Christmas books! Yes, I’m obsessed with books of all kinds, especially kid’s literature. I am a retired elementary teacher, though, come on!

This is what we are reading at our house this month. (I’ll write more about our 25 Christmas books later this month.)

This is what Lulu is reading (or being read to):

A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder

c9494 We love the Little House books around here. These are Wilder’s holiday stories from all the Little House books. These are such a pleasure to read.

 

 

 

Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Christmas Cookies Bite-Size Holiday LessonsI love this book because it takes a wonderful Christmas tradition, like making cookies, and intertwines it with character lessons. The illustrations are whimsical and captivates the little ones. Younger and older kids get a great vocabulary lesson as well.  Each page takes a word like RESPONSIBLE and explains it’s definition by using it in a sentence about cookies. So clever. For example, RESPONSIBLE: You asked me to put away the cookie cutters, and you can count on me to do it.

I highly recommend it.

Fun with Pets  A Beka Book

$_35This was actually the reading curriculum I used when I taught First Grade (many, many moons ago!), so it’s cool that Lulu is reading from it now. I don’t use A Beka as my reading curriculum for her; but I love their readers as supplemental readers to what we are using.

 

 

 

This is what Boo Boo is enjoying.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

61ks7hRsGuL._SL500_AA300_He really just listens to whatever we’re reading these days; but he’s really begun to fall in love with the Critter Books. So, he was so excited when we read this book the other day. I had been saving if for Christmas time so it was new to him.

 

On to what I’ve been reading!

7 by Jen Hatmaker

7So, I’ve already read this book. I suggested it to my book club because I enjoyed it so much and it convicted me in so many ways. I wanted people to discuss it with. It’s our club’s book for December therefore, I’m reading it again, gladly.

 

 

The Valley of Vision  A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

519BBAJNJGL._SL500_AA300_A friend of mine was reading this and recommended it. These are actual, but anonymous Puritan meditations, prayers and reflections. Each devotional is one page long; but each page is so incredibly deep and rich, I find myself reading it 3 or 4 times just trying to soak up the great truths and insights. I realized when reading these,  just how shallow and often selfish my prayers are. This book has been such a blessing and encouragement to me. Instead of highly recommending a book, can I super, duper, highly recommend this book to you? I’m so thankful my friend did.

 

What are you reading?? Any recommendations?? I’m always looking for good books to read.

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