Growing up, I never knew life without reading. My parents read to us every night and my grandmother bought us books for every holiday. Looking back, that is one of the things I am most thankful for – being taught to love reading. Did you know that learning to love reading is actually a learned behavior? It’s something parents teach their children… and you better believe I’m in it for the long haul (and I hope you are too)! We may not have our baby here with us yet… only 5-6 weeks left!… but I wanted to go ahead and start some holiday traditions early since my niece and nephew are coming to visit.

I’ve seen several bloggers out there that wrap up a book for every day of December and let their kids open them each night. I wanted to do something similar, but not necessarily with all “Christmas” books. Some are just fun books that I love, others teach about different holidays, and some are more for me and my husband to enjoy!

A lot of them are books I plan on reading to baby once he’s here, so they may not be super holiday related, but I’m going to wrap them all up and put them under the tree with THESE countdown tags. Each night we’ll open one and read it to baby even though he’s not here yet. It may seem silly, but I want to get the tradition started and share it with our niece and nephew when they’re visiting. Our niece is 20 months old so she’ll enjoy the infant books and our 5-year-old nephew will be a huge help reading them to her. If you have books out and available, they’re much easier to read. Just like I had in my classroom, I plan on having baskets of books around the house, making it easy to grab a book and read it to baby whenever I want.

Without further ado, here are the 31 books we plan on opening and reading this December! My niece and nephew will be here December 5-9 so those books were specifically chosen with them in mind.

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1. The Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Tradition 2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 3. Ramadan by Hannah Elliot 4. Dream Snow by Eric Carle 5. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney 6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 7. Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht 8. Shiver Me Letters A Pirate ABC by June Sobel 9. Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson 10. May I Go Now? by Adair Fletcher Middleton 11. The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer by Jeffrey Burton 12. Black and White by Jane Foster 13. Christmas Cookie Day by Tara Knudson 14. Sleepyheads by Sandra Howatt 15. Christmas Baby Touch and Feel 16. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson 17. ABC’s of Biology by Chris Ferrie 18. God Gave us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren 19. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffery Burton 20. Merry Christmas Bright Baby Touch and Feel by Roger Priddy 21. Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle 22. The Night Before Christmas by Parragon Books 23. Merry Christmas, Mouse by Laura Numeroff 24. Eight Jolly Reindeer by Ilanit Oliver 25. Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate 26. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul 27. Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin 28. Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver and Illustrated by Tommy dePaola 29. Celebrate The Holidays by Sophia Day 30. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman 31. Happy New Year, Spot! by Eric Hill

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