Picture Book Advent For UU Children

One cool idea for Advent that I have seen is to wrap a picture book for each day of advent, then the kids get to unwrap it and you all read it together.  This made me think that there are so many books to choose from – which are the best ones for a UU type Advent?  One that takes into account the other winter holidays and our UU values?

I had fun sifting through all my favorites, and some that were new to me.  In the end, there were good books I left off this list (but that just leaves me room to do another list next year!).  Here you go:

Picture Book Advent For UU Kids

Nov 30th:       Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child (multiple versions available)

Dec. 1st:         Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be by John Harris and Adam Gustavson

Dec. 2nd:        How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Dec. 3rd:         Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Dec. 4th:         The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

Dec. 5th:         The Legend of St. Nicholas by Demi

Dec. 6th:         The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by by Aaron Shephard and Wendy Edelson

Dec. 7th:         Zen and Bodhi’s Snowy Day by Gina Bates Brown and and Sarah Jane Hinder

Dec. 8th:         Buddha by Demi

Dec. 9th:         Becoming Buddha by Whitney Steward and Sally Rippen

Dec. 10th:      For Every Child by Caroline Castle and John Burningham

Dec. 11th:      The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and Barbara Cooney

Dec. 12th:      Gifts of the Heart by Patricia Polacco

Dec. 13th:      Lucia, Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Dec. 14th:      The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen

Dec. 15th:      The Message of the Birds by Kate Westerlund and Feridun Oral

Dec. 16th:      Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko

Dec. 17th:      Light the Lights by Margaret Moorman

Dec. 18th:      The Tree of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

Dec. 19th:      A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Brett Helquist

Dec. 20th:      A Solstice Tree for Jenny by Karen Shragg and Heidi Schwabacher

Dec. 21st:       The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer and Jesse Reisch

Dec. 22nd:      The Return of the Light by Carolyn McVickar Edwards

Dec. 23rd:      The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paolo

Dec. 24th:      Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck and Mark Buehner

This work made possible by the support of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Please consider donating at www.ouuc.org, or if you will buy some of these books we have an Amazon Widget to support OUUC.

November’s Theme: Loving Hearts

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This month the theme for the children and youth program is Loving Hearts.  This comes from the chalice lighting that we do in the children’s classes each week:

We Light this Chalice (that was September’s theme)

to celebrate Unitarian Universalism (October’s theme)

This is a church of Open Minds

This is a church of Helping Hands

This is a church of Loving Hearts

Together we care for our Earth

and work for Friendship and Peace in the world

So now we are exploring our Loving Hearts, before Open Minds or Helping Hands, which is fitting because Love is the base that supports us in all else we do (after physical needs).

A book I recently read, The Five Love Languages of Children, makes the case that the goals parents may have (instilling discipline, teaching morals, encouraging academic learning, etc) are all secondary to “filling up the love tank” of their children. This is because when children feel truly loved they are more able to focus on other things such as learning or doing good in the world.  This concept has been expressed by others: people need to be physiologically and emotionally resourced if they are to be at their best.

We are looking to fill our hearts, and let that love that we feel guide us.
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