Welcome to our round up of the books we read during week two of our Christmas Book Advent.
You can see what we read in the first week of December here.
Day 8 –
We read Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. I thought Peapod would love this because, well, pants! He did enjoy it, but it’s not one that’s really captured his attention.
Day 9 –
Okay, he actually got two books tonight as I added in How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens after he loved How to Hide a Lion at Christmas last week (and pretty much every day since).
But tonight’s Christmas Book was Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes. He LOVES it. We’re reading it multiple times every night and we have to play Alfie when we go outside too!
He’s fascinated by Alfie finding his scooter but being unable to go straight out in it (“no shoes on! Got jammies on!”) and by him speeding away from Great Uncle Will later on, so this is re-enacted repeatedly in our garden!
I love it as it really feels like a snapshot of a family Christmas!
We read The Very Busy Day and The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry and Jane Chapman earlier in the year and he loved them, so I ordered this Christmassy Big Mouse and Little Mouse tale – The Very Snowy Christmas – months ago ready for Christmas and it’s proved just as popular.
He’s enjoyed playing this with our pretend snow (packing foam bits!) and toy mice too, so we’ve taken this one downstairs!
“SUPERTATO TO THE RESCUE!!” It’s safe to say Peapod is a Supertato fan so he was very excited to find Supertato: Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet in his advent bag today (though of course it did mean bringing the original book in too – unquestionably his favourite of the series!)
He loved this seasonal supermarket adventure too though – “Evil Peeea!!!” Such a, great series which always, makes us giggle.
The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer. We reviewed this more fully last year but it was a big hit this, year too. Peapod enjoyed spotting all the animals and birds, and was particularly taken by the two children reading under the tree at the end and I always enjoy Yuval’s, illustrations and depictions of nature and the seasons.
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis. This is another we talked about last year and another favourite. I always, leave this one til we’ve put up our tree and Peapod has really enjoyed it this year. We read it repeatedly back to back yesterday as I managed to coerce him into a nap (bkniwung we’d be out late and he’d need it but also knowing it’d be a big ask to get him to have one!) and it was a, lovely, cosy story to read as he gradually settled and snuggled and slept.
Peapod doesn’t watch much TV, 10mins a few times a week maybe, but when he does Postman Pat is his go to choice. He loves it because of Peter’s tractor, especially when he, has to clear the roads of snow or mud and help or when he gets it stuck.
So I knew he’d LOVE last night’s book – Maisy’s Christmas Eve by Lucy Cousins – as Eddie gets stuck in the snow and Maisy gets her tractor to pull him out.
Well, I was right. We read it repeatedly last night then as soon as we got up this morning then three more times before nursery, and squeezed in a quick rescue of Eddie from the snow (the vacuum is the tractor. Obviously.)
So it’s been another great week of Christmas books here!
Have you read any of these? Are you doing a book advent? Which Christmas picture books have you chosen/would you choose?