Christmas book advent calendars – the new Christmas trend. First it was Elf on the Shelf, then there was the Christmas Eve Box and now everyone is jumping on the Christmas book advent – me included.
We have quite a collection of books already, I’d say we have at least 80+ books up in the big kid and toddlers room. I’d say we have every Julia Donaldson book going, the Lost My Name book, the collection of Adams Cloud books, My Given Name, a few of David Walliams books – one of my favourite children’s authors and the usual suspects like The Hungry Caterpillar and We Are Going On A Bear Hunt.
The past few months I can shamefully admit we haven’t been reading as much as we used to, especially before bedtime. With daddy working late and the newest addition strategically planning mealtime at story time just before bed it’s all been a bit crazy. BUT I have a plan, I bought books (and got some for review), wrapped them and come December the 1st our Elf on the Shelf Twinkle McSprinkles will leave a book a day, on the lead up to Christmas.
The big kid is notorious for judging a book by its cover so with them being wrapped up and gifted each morning she won’t get to choose. I’ve chosen books to suit all the family too. We have nursery rhyme books, personalised books, picture books and lots of Christmas books to get into the Christmas spirit and hopefully get back reading daily again.
Included in our Christmas book advent calendar is 17 Christmas and non-Christmas related picture books, this way lots of the books can go into our library for the younger babogs to enjoy too. I picked all of these up the past few weeks in Bookstation and The Works, some 3 for €8 and others 5 for €8 (if you don’t have either of those shops local I found The Book People have bundles for as little €20 for 10 books which is a brilliant deal too!).
The lovely people over at O’Briens kindly gifted the big kid four books – Lets See Ireland by Sarah Bowe, Brain and the Vikings by Chris Judge and Mark Wickham and A Dublin Fairytale (gorgeous book!) by Nicola Colton. They also sent the smaller ones a beautiful nursery rhyme book Sally Go Round The Stars – it was featured on the Late Late Toy Show (eek not long now!) and it’s full of favourite nursery rhymes from an Irish childhood. I think I’m looking forward to that one the most!
I have a personalised Message in a Bottle book for the big kid too. A few months back I mentioned I was teaming up with the book creators and some bloggers to help get this beautiful book to market and now that it’s come to life it’s amazing to see it in full. The book is about a little bird called Kiki who flies around the world to deliver a very important message – a personalised message that you have customized into the book. It’s a wonderful idea, with bright and bold illustrations and I’d put Joe’s money on it that this will be her favourite leabhar in our Christmas Book Advent.
Last week when we were at Lottie Day in Arnotts Kayla received a Freckles The Elf book in her gift bag so I nicked it before she seen it and added that in as I was a couple of books short. While I do think the illustrations aren’t to my personal taste I like the message in the book. It’s a Christmas adventure book and kids will discover that no matter where you live, as long as there is a loving and giving, there is ‘home’. I also like the references to Ireland, it’s quite an educational book too which I love!
And finally, the last book in our Christmas Book Advent is Santa is Coming to Dublin, we have this book years and I’ve read it to the big kid every Christmas Eve since she was one. It’s a little tradition that I hope will continue for years to come with the other kids too.
So that’s it, our Christmas Book Advent, will you be joining in and making one too?