If you want to try something a bit different from the usual advent calendars this year, there is the “Book Advent Calendar” which is sure to be a great hit with the kids. There is no child who doesn’t love cuddling up to Mummy or Daddy whilst reading a bedtime story. If the thought of finding 24 books is a bit much you could always do the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Here is my take on the Book Advent Calendar I did for the boys last year and a list of books which might help you create your own magical festive library for the kids.
I decided to wrap the books simply in brown paper (I purchase mine from one of those “everything is a £1” shops – I can’t remember which one…but a huge roll of brown paper was…you guessed it…£1!) and twine (from Ikea – their Christmas ranges are always great) and attached the numbered labels on each book. The labels I used were downloaded from Simple As That (the link is here). I cut them out and punched a hole to make a tag. You could always print them on ordinary paper, cut and glue them to inexpensive brown parcel labels.
Here are some ideas to get you started on an enchanting way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas.
The Night Before Christmas – a true classic and a perfect Christmas Eve story.
The Nutcracker – this edition has the ballet music to accompany it. Simply press a section of each page to hear the different scores.
Deep In The Woods – a modern telling of a classic Russian folk tale.
Let It Glow: A Winter’s Walk – this follows the journey of a boy through a wintry landscape with twinkly lights to enchant.
The Fox and The Star – a truly beautifully illustrated book which Teddy received in this Christmas Eve box last year. One to treasure.
The Twelve Days of Christmas – a book which can be spoken or sung (we have to sing ours…it’s already a Christmas tradition with the boys).
The Jolly Christmas Postman – the Jolly Postman is being kept busy delivering all kinds of letters and packages to individuals throughout the book.
The Polar Express – a true favourite with my boys, this edition comes with an audio CD and is gorgeously illustrated.
Christmas in Exeter Street – with so many guests staying in this house on Exeter Street will father Christmas be able to find them all to deliver their presents?
The Tale of the Castle Mice – a family of mice live in a grand doll’s house and the story begins…by the author of Paddington Bear.
Oliver Elephant – when Noah’s beloved elephant goes missing on a shopping trip, the hunt is on to find him.
Pick a Pine Tree – which Christmas tree will you go for?
The Christmas Eve Tree – a heartwarming story of how a book shouldn’t be judged by it’s cover.
A Year Full of Stories – one to keep our throughout the year with 52 folk tales from ones you will recognise to some surprises.
The Worm and The Bird – from the author of stunning The Fox and The Star…the worm dreams of more space above the ground whilst the bird dreams of a tasty meal…will they find what they re looking for?
The Untold Story of Father Christmas – A beautifully illustrated and timeless story about how a toymaker and his wife became Mother and Father Christmas for children all over the world.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The ghastly Grinch refuses to be moved by the Christmas spirit in this must-have paperback version of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale.