November 22, 2016

A Book Advent Calendar + Other Alternative Ideas


With Christmas approaching, it's time to get thinking about how you'll celebrate the Christmas countdown. This year, I've opted to create a book advent calendar for Alexander - I wanted to do this last year but I felt he was a little too young, but now aged three and total bookworm, I'm super excited to countdown Christmas with him by sharing a winter / Christmas themed story each day.

Luckily for us, we have exactly 25 seasonal books for this time of year, all accumulated since Alexander was little. Advent calendars are traditionally 24 days, and so we have one extra, but it won't go to waste as I'll include it in Alexander's Christmas Eve basket instead.

I thought I'd share the books we'll be reading this festive period as inspiration, whether you're building your own toddler book advent calendar or are just looking for some new winter themed titles.

Not listed in order of countdown

1. Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
2. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
5. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
6. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter
7. One Snowy Night by M Christina Butler & Tina MacNaughton
8. How Many Sleeps Till Christmas by Mark Sperring
9. Snow by Walter de la Mare
10. Oliver's Winter Adventure by Sarah Phillips
11. Foxes In The Snow by Jonathan Emmett & Rebecca Harry
12. Big Bear, Little Brother by Carl Norac
13. Betty and the Yeti by Ella Burfoot
14. Rabbits In The Snow: A Book of Opposites by Natalie Russell
15. Bella Gets Her Skates On by Ian Whybrow
16. Say Hello To The Snowy Animals by Ian Whybrow
17. Sam's Snowflake by Gillian Shields
18. The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas by Fiona Boon
19. Snow Bears by Martin Waddell
20. The Perfect Gift by Tim Bugbird
21. Charlie Crow In The Snow by Paula Metcalf
22. Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
23. Usborne Christmas Magic Painting Book
24. Usborne First Sticker Book - Christmas Market
25. 5 Minute Christmas Stories (going in Christmas Eve Basket)

OTHER ALTERNATIVE ADVENT CALENDER IDEAS
ENVELOPES WITH MESSAGES OF LOVE & JOY | PAST CHRISTMAS MEMORIES IN A MASON JAR | FESTIVE FUN WITH A DAILY SEASONAL ACTIVITY | RANDOM ACTS OF KINDESS TO BE FULFUILLED | GRAB BAGS - LEGO, TSUM TSUM ETC | CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS TO BUILD YOUR TREE DURING THE COUNTDOWN | PUZZLE PIECES | STICKERS | COLOURING SHEETS & CRAFT ACTIVITES | NATIVITY CHARACTERS TO HAVE THE SCENE BUILT BY CHRISTMAS DAY |
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HOW WILL YOU BE COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS?

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4 comments

  1. What a wonderful idea, Jade! Your son will definitely love the advent calendar!
    I know only few of these titles... many of them sound really charming to an adult as well. :)
    I have been planning, for ages, an advent calendar for my blog. I hope I will have enough time for it sometimes in the future...

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    1. Thank you, Sara! Haha - I like what you say about some of the titles sounding charming to an adult, because I do quite enjoy reading picture books; some wonderful stories to be found in children's books.

      I hope you have enough time to put together an advent calendar for your blog - I look forward to seeing what you put together!

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  2. What a great idea! I wouldn't mind having one myself :)

    -Soma

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