Our 2020 Reading Journey – Month 12

Last year, I decided that this year I would record all the books my 5 year old and I read together. Actually, he’s now 6 years old, as it was his birthday in November. I’ve been snapping a quick picture of all the books from each day, and collecting them in an album over on my blog’s Facebook page – and now also on Instagram! Here’s our pile of books from our twelfth and month:

Books We Read in December 2020

December was a really busy book month, mostly due to our massive collection of Christmas books which we started working our way through as soon as Advent started. I also realised that we had very few Christmas books in German, so ended up buying quite a few as an early Christmas present. In particular, I tried to find ones that mention ‘Christkind’ as the gift bringer – some regions in Germany have the Weihnachtsmann (i.e. Santa) as a gift bringer, and some have Christkind, and it’s Christkind that I grew up with and who comes to our house on Christmas Eve. In total, we read 66 different books, which was our join busiest month (along with July) in our reading year.

Picture Books


  • A Christmas for Bear, by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton
  • A Homemade Together Christmas, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas
  • Alien’s Crazy Christmas, by Amy Sparkes & Jamie Smith
  • Aliens Love Panta Claus, by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
  • Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise, by Susan Blackaby & Carmen Segovia
  • Christmas Comes to Moominvalley, by Alex Haridi, Ceclia Davidsson & Filippa Widlund (adapted from Tove Jansson)
  • Christmas Eve at the Mellops, by Tomi Ungerer
  • Christmas Farm, by Mary Lyn Ray & Barry Root
  • Christmas for Greta and Gracie, by Yasmeen Ismail
  • Christmas in Exeter Street, by Dianda Hendry & John Lawrence
  • Countdown to Christmas, by Adam and Charlotte Gullain & Pippa Curnick
  • Dasher, by Matt Tavares
  • Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, by Kenard Pak
  • Grumpy Badger’s Christmas, by Paul Bright & Jane Chapman
  • Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, by John Burningham
  • How Many Sleeps till Christmas? by Mark Sperring & Sebastien Braun
  • How to Hide a Lion at Christmas, by Helen Stephens
  • Last Stop on the Reindeer Express, by Maudie Powell-Tuck & Karl James Mountford
  • Meg’s Christmas, by Jan Pienkowski & David Walser
  • Mog’s Christmas, by Judith Kerr
  • Mouse’s Night Before Christmas, by Tracey Corderoy & Sarah Massini
  • Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry
  • Oliver Elephant, by Lou Peacock & Helen Stephens
  • Olivia Helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer
  • Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer, by Nicola Killen
  • Paddington’s Magical Christmas, by Michael Bond & David McKee
  • Pants, by Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt
  • Pick a Pine Tree, by Patricia Toht & Jarvis
  • Red and Lulu, by Matt Tavares
  • Russell’s Christmas Magic, by Rob Scotton
  • Sammy Claws The Christmas Cat, by Ludy Rowland & Paula Bowles
  • Sssh! by Julia Sykes & Tim Warnes
  • The Best Christmas Present Ever! by Ben Mantle
  • The Book That Writes Back: The Story of Banjo Robinson Global Explorer, by Emily Hogan & Ruki Chuki
  • The Christmas Crocodile, by Bonny Becker & David Small
  • The Christmas Eve Tree, by Delia Huddy & Emily Sutton
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski & P.J.Lynch
  • The Crayons’ Christmas, by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
  • The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold, by Maureen Fergus & Cale Atkinson
  • The Doughnut of Doom, by Elys Dolan
  • The Empty Stocking, by Richard Curtis & Rebecca Cobb
  • The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue, by Claire Freedman & Samara Hardy
  • The Littlest Elf, by Brandi Dougherty & Kirsten Richards
  • The Nativity, by May Eliot & richard Johnson
  • The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore & Eric Puybarer
  • The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Santa Trap, by Jonathan Emmett & Poly Bernatene
  • The Snow Dragon, by Abi Elphinstone & Fiona Woodcock
  • The Tree That’s Meant To Be, by Yuval Zommer
  • What’s a Christmas? by Make Believe Ideas


  • Die Kleine Hexe Feiert Weihnachten, by Lieve Baeten
  • Gebrannte Mandeln für Grisou, by Nikola Huppertz & Andrea Stegmaier
  • Hirsch Heinrich, by Fred Rodrian & Werner Klemke
  • Krokodil und Giraffe warten auf Weihnachten, by Daniela Kulot
  • Mäuseweihnacht Bärezauber, by Kristina Andres
  • Pippi Langstrumpf feiert Weinachten, by Astrid Lindgren & Katrin Engelking
  • Stanislaus, das Christkind-Pony, by Michaela Holzinger & Julia Gerigk
  • Tilli Tannenduft schreibt ans Christkind, by Lisa Gallauner & Anna-Lena Kühler
  • Tomte und der Fuchs, by Astrid Lindgren & Harald Wiberg
  • Weihnachten in Bullerbü, by Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland
  • Wer hat Waihnachten geklaut? by Fabiola Nonn & Amelie Jackowski
  • Wichtel Alfred: Wirbel um das Weihnachtsfest, by Outi Kaden

Chapter Books


  • How Winston Delivered Christmas, by Alex T Smith
  • Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas, by Nora & Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin

I’d love to hear what you have been reading in the last month. If you have any great recommendations, let me know in the comments!

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