We love traditions. Our family life is full of them, especially around Christmas. We always start the festivities with a Christmas Book Advent.
The idea behind a book advent is that you source 24 Christmas themed books and wrap up each one individually. Each day, the child chooses and open a book. Books can be bought new, or money can be saved by sourcing them from book fairs and charity shops throughout the year. You could also borrow some from your local library.
During advent, Ted unwraps a Christmas book every day and we read it before bed. It is such a special time to enjoy as a family and really helps get us all in the Christmas mood. A book advent is also a lovely alternative to those typical chocolate filled calendars, especially if a child is dairy intolerant or does not like chocolate.
Check out Ted’s adorable reaction to first book advent:
Each day, from 1st December, Ted will be choosing, unwrapping and reading a different book before bed. We will create special family time each evening to just be together, uninterrupted, to enjoy the chosen book each day.
We know how busy the run up to Christmas is, so we’ve listed a selection of possible book advent books below for you. The great thing is that any books you find can be used again next year too.
Here we go then:
Alfie is counting down the days until Christmas. He’s opening his advent calendar, decorating the tree and writing his letter to Father Christmas.
It’s Christmas Eve and Peppa and George are waiting for their best Christmas present ever…
Baby bear can hardly wait for Christmas. But first there’s lots to be done and some special visitors are coming.
At every house Father Christmas eats and drinks the tasty treats that have been left for him. But when he reaches number ten he realises that he really, really needs a wee.
Mrs Pepperpot’s habit of shrinking gets her into all sorts of scrapes. She is just about to go to the Christmas market when she shrinks. How will she get presents for all her friends in time for Christmas?
It’s Little Duck’s first Christmas and she is desperate for Christmas Bear to visit with his sack of presents but she is unsure if she has been good enough.
It’s Christmas Day and the whole family have come to visit. Baby bear and his cousins are so excited. But suddenly they realise Grandbear doesn’t have a present.
Re-telling the Christmas story, you’ll find donkeys with fluffy ears, wooly sheep and baby Jesus in a soft blanket.
Father Christmas goes on a search to find the ideal holiday spot.
Cynthia the sheep loves Christmas so much that she travels to the North Pole to help out Father Christmas. Disaster strikes!
Mouse receives an invitation to spend Christmas with Rabbit. The more he prepares for the journey, the more things seem to go wrong.
When Santa sets off to deliver the presents poor Christmas Bear is left behind. How will he make it to Tom’s house in time for Christmas?
Kath Smith and Becky Brookes – Dear Santa
When Kit moves house on Christmas Eve he suddenly remembers that Father Christmas doesn’t have his new address.
A traditional story loved by all. One Winter’s night a snowman comes to life and a magical adventure begins.
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. A magical classic.
There’s poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast. What’s not to love?
Lift the flaps to unwrap each present.
Father Christmas is grumpily making his rounds in this delightful book.
Poor Santa is boiling in his hot, fluffy beard. His beard flies off to find a new face. One of Ted’s favourites.
Well I guess it is a busy day for him…
This does exactly what it says on the cover! Ha!
You gotta keep to tradition a little, right?
The illustrations in this book are so wonderful – Ted adores looking at the pictures.
Whoever said that a rabbit, fox & bear can’t be kings?
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Peppa, would it?
I love what they did here. Kids are never too young to teach them about selfie’s.
We keep all Ted’s Christmas books in his Tidy Books book box!