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Our 2017 Book Advent books (perfect for 5-7 year olds)

Our 2017 Book Advent books (perfect for 5-7 year olds)

I can’t believe it’s time to start getting ready for December 1st and our annual festive Book Advent. Do you organise a Book Advent? It’s a lovely way to bring out some of those classic Christmas books, as well as more modern classics, and cuddle up with a good book. We love to read and this time of year is even more perfect for picking up a longer book and sharing it with your child.

My children are 5 and 7 but are happy to share their Book Advent books (thankfully!). The first thing I did was to get last years’ books out of the loft and weed out any which the children had grown out of, these went to the charity shop for someone else to enjoy. I haven’t been able to find The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter or The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler. My 5 year old loves these two and sneaked them away to her room to keep them (and they’ve not been seen since!).

I’m excited to add 4 new books to our book collection this year. They are Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara, The Marvellous Moon Map by Teresa Heapy and David Litchfield, Getting Ready for Christmas (a sticker storybook) by Tara Lilly and Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett. See my recent book gift guide post for more on these titles.

Our 2017 Book Advent books (perfect for 5-7 year olds)

This didn’t take too long to sort and this winter we will be reading the following:

The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa by Valerie Thomas

The Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara

The Marvellous Moon Map by Teresa Heapy and David Litchfield

Getting Ready for Christmas (a sticker storybook) by Tara Lilly

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Father Christmas needs a wee by Nicholas Allan

Bless You, Santa by Julie Sykes

Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freeman and Ben Cort

Stick Man by Julia Donaldon and Axel Scheffler

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

The Gingerbread Man

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives

Miffy in the snow by Dick Bruna

Elmer in the Snow

Santa Claus has a busy night

Mr Christmas by Roger Hargreaves

A Dot in The Snow by Corrinne Averiss

Now I just need to wrap them all up and add them to our Advent pile for the children to open on the 1st of December. November has whizzed by!

Previous Book Advent reading lists can be found here:

Book Advent 2016 (perfect for ages 4-6)

Book Advent 2015 (perfect for pre-schoolers)

Book Advent 2014 (perfect for pre-schoolers)

Book Advent 2013 (perfect for a baby and a toddler)

Book Advent 2012 (perfect for a toddler)


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    November 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    You’re doing such a great job of fostering a life long love of learning! Great job, momma!

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    November 24, 2017 at 7:51 am

    What a great idea to get children reading! I’ll share this with my friends who are parents.

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