December 6, 2009

Holiday Favorites

These four books have been around for a long, long time. They've survived multiple decluttering efforts and a major pre-move scale down. They were our favorite Christmas reads :: you know, the ones that are read over and over again. I can still feel the warmth of the yellow zippered blanket sleeper snuggling next to me. I still see those chubby little hands reaching for the pages. There were so many questions and so much inquisitive energy. Here's our list of favorites, in no particular order:
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
by Hans Christian Anderson and retold by Tor Seidler
The gorgeous illustrations in this book, done by Fred Marcellino, make it my favorite read.
The Jolly Christmas Postman
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
If I had to choose just one, this would be it :: hands down. It's an interactive story about a postman who rides his bike from place to place, delivering the holiday mail. The pages are actual envelopes filled with all sorts of exciting mail that can be removed and read. Very sweet.
Corduroy's Christmas
by B.G. Hennessy
Another interactive book, it's a lift-the-flap and is great for busy little hands.
These holiday favorites are still unpacked and admired each and every Christmas. For now they're displayed in our built-in cabinet, but they're patiently awaiting the day when the next little pair of hands gathers them together for a few favorite holiday bedtime stories.