Have you ever heard of a book advent? I think I first heard about it on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to do with the children. Instead of a tacky Advent calendar with cheap chocolate, we’ll be unwrapping a Christmas book every day of December leading up to Christmas Day. This way we will get to spend more time reading together, which is something we all love, and some time each day to enjoy the festive season.
The hard part has been finding the books. 24 Christmas-themed books can be difficult. I really wanted to buy second hand and I’m pleased to say I managed it! I’ve been stalking my local charity shops and fortunately my local Oxfam Bookshop came up trumps with a whole section of Christmas books for children in perfect condition. I’ve now amassed 24 different books which should appeal to the toddler and baby, a real mixture of Christmas classics and more recent classics too.
I thought I’d share my selection:
Mr Christmas by Roger Hargreaves; The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore; Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort; The Snowman by Raymond Briggs; How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss; Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives; The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg; My First Story of Christmas by Tim Dowley; Father Christmas Needs A Wee by Nicholas Allan; That’s Not My Snowman by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells; Usborne Very First Words Christmas; That’s Not My Reindeer by by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells; Usborne Sparkly Touchy-feely Father Christmas by by Fiona Watt and Rebecca Finn; Bless You Santa by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes; The Grufalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; Jingle Bell Reindeer; Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs; Santa Christmas with flaps and a sparkly surprise ending; The Gingerbread Man; Mr Men Meet Father Christmas by Roger Hargreaves; Snowy Tracks Thomas & Friends; Everything’s Rosie The Last Snowball; and Dear Santa by Rob Campbell. Oops, just realised I’m short by one, any suggestions?
Here’s my daughter discovering the box of books when my back was turned!
She’ll have to be patient as the next step is to wrap them all so I’m very pleased they’re all flat! Then we’ll put them under the tree and read them randomly.