As if opening 3 advent calendars a day in preparation for Christmas isn't enough in this house, a few months ago I decided I would wrap a book a night for the month of December to have the boys open for nightly reading.
Then I calculated how much money 25 nights of books would cost (because you know I am self proclaimed book snob and usually only buy hard cover books). So then I got more realistic and decided to do the 12 days before Christmas.
Then I re-calculated how much 12 nights would be, and still felt like we might have to switch to cereal for dinner for the rest of the year.
Then I contemplated wrapping books that we haven't read in a few months and having them open them in hopes of some book amnesia.
Then I discovered Amazon's used book selection and other online used book sources and spent a few weeks collecting used books in excellent condition and secured all 12 for between $1 and $3 a piece (and we had some Barnes and Noble gift cards that we used, too).
I used the boys's old art and cut out the numbers 1-12 and pasted them to the wrapped books. I'll place them all under the tree on December 13, and each day one boy will have to find the right # and can unwrap the book to read. You know, a twofor: learning #s and getting a gift. Well, maybe even a threefor in that we don't have to read James and the Giant Peach for a few nights (we are already on the re-reading it phase).
I present to you the 2012 Twelve Days of Bookmas:
One by Kathryn Otoshi
The Great Pie Robbery by Richard Scarry
Look! Another Book by Bob Staake
Who's Hiding? by Satoru Onishi
A Stick is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer
Inside Your Outside by Tish Rabe
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein
Many Moons by James Thurber
The Big Green Book of Beginner Books by Dr Seuss
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr Seuss
The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain
No one can say we don't read to these 2.5 kids...