There’s something special about books. I think with all the technology about these days, it’s a special moment to be able to pick up a good old fashioned book. To sit with your child and make memories. We read to Finlay a lot and I hope, he too, one day will be able to remember these moments with fondness. So what a better way to make some wonderful Christmas memories than with a Christmas book advent calendar!
So last year Finlay had his chocolate advent and we bought him a luxury toy advent calendar too. I decided that come this Xmas, I would make him a Christmas Book Advent calendar to go alongside his chocolate advent. Really it has been no more expensive, in fact probably cheaper than buying a Toy one! I raided Finlay’s book Cupboard and sneaked out Stick Man, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Snowman and the Snow Dog and The Night Before Xmas. I took advantage of The Works, 10 books for £10 deal. Mid year, ALDI was selling last years Christmas books for 69p, I grabbed about 6. Finally, I popped into Poundland this week and found enough books to make up the 24 for £1 each.
I did intend to go to the charity shops throughout the year, but I just don’t go to town that often, but I reckon you can get some great pre loved books this way. You can even borrow some from your local library! Just remember to put these books at the front of the advent to ensure you have enough time to read and return them. It’s probably a good idea to explain to your child these ones aren’t to keep either. Anyway, all in all, if I had planned my Christmas book advent calendar better, it could have been even cheaper!
Wrapping was the most time consuming part, I was struggling with book one and thought ‘oh my god, I have another 23 to go‘. I would suggest doing a few a night if you get bored easily. I got there eventually though and it looks great. Just remember, you don’t have to go OTT on the wrapping and you can just tack the edges. These, after all, are not proper present and they will just be ripped off in a matter of seconds!
So if you are looking for some inspiration and wondering what books made it into Finlays Christmas Book Advent calendar, then here they are. All 24 books in all their glory. I have linked to the ones that are readily available so you can have a little read. However, there are a couple that are a bit more obscure and not available online. You might find them in store somewhere!
Our Christmas Book Advent Calendar:
- Jingle bells by Rosie Greening
- Reindeer Party Pop Up by The Clever Factor
- A Christmas Carol by Joshua George
- Little Penguin Learns to Swim by Eilidh Rose
- Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
- Baby Bear and the Big, Wide World by Ellie Patterson
- Hiku by Nicole snitselaar
- The Gruffalo’s child by Julia Donaldson
- The Snow Queen by Rachel Elliot (Hans Christian Anderson)
- The Snowman and the Snowdog by Raymond Briggs
- A Christmas Wish by Julia Hubery
- Santa’s Stowaway Pop up by The Clever Factory
- Santa’s 12 Days of Christmas by Alexandra Robinson
- Tig and Tog The Discovery by Sally Garland
- The Nutcracker by Rachel Elliot (ETA Hoffmann)
- charlie crow in the Snow by Paula Metcalf
- The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas by Fiona Boom
- The Story of Christmas by Hayley Down
- We Three Kings by Rosie Greening
- When I Dream of Christmas by Oakley Graham
- The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett
- Cub’s First Winter Rebecca Elliott
- The Silent Owl by Clemency Pearce
- The Night Before Christmas by Harriet Muncaster
Have you thought about creating a Christmas book advent calendar this year? Have you already put one together? Am I missing any major titles in your opinion? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!