Today I want to share how we’re going to count down to Christmas this year, and for many more I hope.
We’re going to create a book advent calendar.
How to Make a Book Advent Calendar
It’s the simplest thing to do, just take 25 Christmas or winter related story books, wrap them up in brightly coloured paper and then write the numbers 1 to 25 on a sticker or gift tag and attach it to the front.
Just before bedtime on December 1 we’re going to pull out the package labelled number 1 and we’re going to let the kiddos open it up, and then we’ll read the story together.
We’ll do the same every night counting down the sleeps until Christmas Day.
As our kiddos are only little I’m going to keep the packages hidden away and just pull out the one we need to unwrap. If your children are older you might want to put them in a basket under the tree and have them look through the packages to find the write number.
We had a handful of Christmas books that the kiddos really enjoyed last year, so I’m really exciting about introducing them to some new ones this year.
Christmas Books for Children
You probably already have a number of Christmas or winter books scattered around your bookshelves. Collect those up first and then see how many more you need to have 25.
I’ve pulled together some ideas of Christmas books for children to help you fill in the gaps.
Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – Find out what happens when Bear’s friends stop him hibernating so that he can spend Christmas with them instead.
Wish Upon a Dream by Margaret Wise Brown – this is a beautifully illustrated book that you’ll want to keep out to read at bedtime all year round.
The Little Christmas Elf by Nikki Shannon Smith – this is the perfect book if you have a new baby in the family this Christmas. It’s all about Nina, the littlest elf in the workshop, and a special gift for a new arrival.
Tractor Mac Saves Christmas by Billy Steers – if your little ones are fans of Tractor Mac, or even just tractors, this tale of how Tractor Mac braves a blizzard to save Christmas could well be a favourite.