A Book Advent Calendar for the Kids

There seems to be a number of ways in which to countdown to Christmas day. These include wooden advent calendars, chocolate ones and even those with toys in them. However, the one that pulls me in most is that of spending time with loved ones by reading them a book every night.

A Book Advent Calendar for the Kids


Last year I spotted a number of blog posts on advent calendars using books including that of Louise's from Little Hearts Big Love entitled Creating a book advent calendar for toddlers and preschoolers. Being a lover of literature I couldn't resist putting together my very own advent calendar of books to count down to Christmas day. In turn I hoped this would be a great way to encourage reading in my little ones.


Book Collecting

A book advent calendar for the kids

So over the year I have acquired a number of books that have helped me bring it to life in our home. The places you can pick up books from are numerous. From brand new ones in the bookshops to supermarket purchases and online sites. Then there's secondhand ones from charity shops and carboot sales. Last year we picked up quite a lot of books in a charity shop that looked brand new and parceled them up and put them in the girls Santa sacks which I handmade. The girls ended up unwrapping quite a lot of books that day.

Swap Out Those Books


There are so many books that touch on Winter and Christmas that our bookcase could easily get overloaded by them if I were to pick up everyone I saw! Therefore, this provides the perfect time to go through the books the children have got and remove any that are no longer loved or are damaged beyond repair! Hands up who has experienced little ones ripping at pages, trying to eat the binding or drawn in them! I've experienced all of them myself!

Elf on the Shelf

A Book Advent Calendar for the Kids

Santa brought another book to the girls last year too featuring Elf on the Shelf! Another tradition to throw into the mix! Originally this book was delivered to another recipient that of my sister who is living in the Netherlands and they've their own elves helping Santa. We had received a bath toy which I was looking forward to trying out. So the book was passed on to us and I'm now debating whether we shelve the elf or let the naughty elf out of the cupboard and let the chaos begin!

How will you be counting down to Christmas Day?

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Comments

  1. I love, love, love this idea! I'm a real book fan & an ex-teacher, and tying reading into Christmas is the best idea I've heard in months. Wow! You made my day #MMBC

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  2. Oh I love your Christmas books. I wish my two were still young enough to do this #bigpinklink x

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  3. Ooo! Thank you for this! I really want to do this for my eldest and you have just reminded me to do an online order for some new books! It's a lovely way to count down to Christmas! Xx #bigpinklink

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  4. How lovely. I quite fancy doing a book advent calendar with my sons this year too. Thanks for the inspiration! #Bigpinklink

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  5. I think book calendars are a fantastic idea. My girls are much older now though so this year I'm going to try them with a book that i read to my older two when they were young, The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, it has one chapter for every day of the advent.
    #KLTR

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  6. We're doing a book advent for the first time this year, I've been slowly building up my Christmas book collection for about three years now! I still have five to find so have been entering lots of giveaways in the hope of finishing the collection, if not I have a book catalogue from school which might just rescue us!

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  7. I'm a huge fan of book Advent Calendars although they take longer to wrap up than you think! Last year I made a Christmas Bedtime Story Calendar, we opened a door each day and read the book that we found inside :o)

    #MMBC

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  8. We've had so much fun over the years with our Christmas books. They are a treasured family collection, and now I look forward to sharing them with grandchildren!

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  9. I love this idea, really refreshing to see something different X #mmbc

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  10. Such an amazing idea. I love it. Every day one surprise :)
    #kltr

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  11. We used to do this. I'd wrap them in fabric and number them. One an evening. I like the idea of swapping. You always have favourites, but lovely to add in surprises. #MMB

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  12. This is such a great idea. As a little one, we had a book that had 24 stories in it and each day it could be a poem, a song or a story. Im devastated that Im yet to find something similar for Ben as it made my christmas!!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

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  13. I did this last year with my little boy and it was a lot of fun... Although the thought of wrapping 25 books again means I won't be in a hurry to do it anytime soon again. Haha! I hope you and your family enjoy your bookish adventures this Christmas.

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  14. We love books in our house but have never done a book advent calendar! We're definitely past the picture book stage and our 8 year old often reads to us. #mg

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  15. What a wonderful Idea. I love christmas books even now!

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  16. I've been looking out my books to get them wrapped tonight! #KLTR

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  17. This is a lovely idea, I like the focus on having a new book to read to read at bedtime each night. I was thinking of putting together a 'singing'advent calendar, and have the words to a Christmas song in each day's pocket. I was always part of a choir growing up but don't get much opportunity to sing Christmas songs any more unless i make the time so thought this would be a good way to introduce her to some Christmas songs and hymns and start building up the familiarity and association to Christmas that I've loved so much. #CoolMumClub

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  18. Shelf the elf. They're evil things lol. Love the idea of an advent calendar although we don't need any new winter/christmas picture books and are moving onto chapter books now. #sharingthebloglove

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  19. This is such a lovely idea I probably have enough Christmas books at home to make this happen just need to get organised to do this ! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

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  20. I say I'm going to do this EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Never happened yet but this year I'm definitely going to wrap all the books before I put them away. I think I said that last year too...
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

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  21. I recently wrote a post asking for ideas for a Christmas tradition and someone commented about books, this is a lovely tradition and one I had never considered. It truly is a wonderful way to enjoy family time, my children all love reading too. Thanks so much for joining us #ablogginggoodtime

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    1. popping back to say still loving this post! From #thesatsesh

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  22. I always love this idea, but I have to admit that we've not done it yet, partly as I do an activity based one, and partly as my son just isn't that into reading. But the thing he struggles with most is making a decision about which book to read, so the fact that the decision is already made would make this a great idea for him. Too late for this year, but I'm seriously considering doing it next time! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  23. If my boys were younger I would definitely be putting together a book advent calendar. It’s such a great idea. As it is I always add a book to their Christmas Eve boxes. Do the elf!!! #thesatsesh

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  24. Its such a fab idea! and we might try more reading over the festive period. Good luck with elf on shelf too x #DreamTeam #Sharingthebloglove x

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  25. Hi Helena, this is a wonderful idea! I only wish my two were still small enough to enjoy this! Reading books before bed was part of the highlight of my day when the children were small and we did collect some lovely Christmas books that we still use as decorations. Your daughters are going to love this countdown to Christmas I'm sure!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    xx

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  26. We did something like this last year! I thought it was great, but I have to admit that by Christmas eve, the magic of a new Christmas book completely wore off... for everyone! I put them all away at the beginning of the year and have just started taking them back out again (slowly). It seems to be much more exciting now for some reason. Are there any books that you would recommend? Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

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  27. Ah what a really good idea. I need some more Christmas books I think. I think we're going to let the elf loose this year for the first year...I need to do some research on it though as I am not really sure what to do! Thanks for joining at #familyfun

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  28. This is such a lovely idea! We've always gone down the chocolate advent calendar route, but wanted to try something different this year as we are on a big family health kick! I love this, especially as both children love reading, and getting good condition books from a charity shop is also a lovely touch x
    #bigpinklink

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  29. Again a huge thank you for sharing this with #mg

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  30. What a great idea - we have lots of Xmas books that I tend to get out in the first week of December, maybe I'll do one a day instead! Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh xx

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  31. I really love this idea, I keep meaning to do it every year and fail every time. My girls are both book worms and we love to read together. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  32. I absolutely love this idea! It reminds me of how my mother used to countdown Christmas with me.

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  33. Lovely idea, my kids adore books so maybe I will collect some to give next advent #coolmumclub

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  34. This is such a great idea - I'll have to share it with my sister. Maybe I'll do this when I get grandchildren x #SharingtheBlogLove

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  35. I love this but have never hear of it before. I am definitely going to do it next year with my book loving three #sharingthebloglove

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  36. #thesatsesh Ohhhhhh I love this idea! we put our Crimbo books in the loft so much like the decorations they form the joy to the lovely day :) I love Childrens books too and Christmas books always have fab morals. whatmyfridgesays x

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  37. What an incredible idea. We adore books and the family time they offer us. Every single night since our kids were born we've all crowded round a book and read before bedtime. Adding in this extra element is magical! Think I need to do a mad dash round the local charity shops today to get this made ;-) #SharingtheBlogLove

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  38. I've never done a book advent, but it is a really lovely idea - how nice to have a new book to read every book of advent Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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