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Book Advent 2014

My children take a real pleasure from books and I love that they are excited by our Book Advent. A Book Advent is a Christmas themed book-a-day during December, much better for you than chocolate! This year we’ve had a whopping 29 books, so nearly 1 for every day of December. We’ve taken out some from last year and passed them to our local charity shop. We’ve also picked up a few more along the way.

This year we have stored our Advent books in a Children’s Cardboard Bedside Table Kit from The Cardboard Man. It comes as flatpack but there are only 4 pieces which slot together so it takes seconds to assemble. Their range of kids craft cardboard furniture is made of recycled, water resistant, export quality cardboard. They can be painted, drawn or collaged on so you can really let your children use their imagination.

cardboard book shelf

So far we’ve added colourful washi tape to the straight edges and made a washi tape road on the top. The children have been enjoying playing with it and it’s strong enough to hold some really heavy books. They’re itching to decorate it though so I know I will have to let them loose with their crayons and stickers on once we’ve put our Advent books away and taken it upstairs to their bedroom.

cardboard book shelf

Here’s this years’ list for my book-loving 3 and 4 year old:

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
Jingle Bell Reindeer
Mater Saves Christmas
The Elf on the Shelf a Christmas Tradition by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
Santa Claus has a busy night
Santa needs a wee by Nicholas Allan
Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives
Christmas Stories for Little Children
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Night Before Christmas a pop-up picture story
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Santa’s Christmas with flaps and a sparkly surprise ending
The Last Snowball (Everything’s Rosie)
Mr Christmas by Roger Hargreaves
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Little Robin’s Christmas by Jan Fearnley
The Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
Miffy in the snow by Dick Bruna
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
The Christmas Bear, A Christmas Pop Up Book, by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler
Bless You, Santa by Julie Sykes
Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freeman and Ben Cort
Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas by Alison Uttley
Mr Men Meet Father Christmas by Roger Hargreaves
The Gingerbread Man
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
Christmas at the North Pole (Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom)
The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg


The Children’s Cardboard Bedside Table Kit by Cardboard Man costs £14 and they also make a Children’s Cardboard Bookcase Kit too.  Both are available through their NotOnTheHighStreet shop. We were kindly sent one to review.


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    December 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Wow that is more books than even I have read in 2014, impressive!

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      December 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Luckily they’re only children’s books so there were plenty of pictures!

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