• Ryanne Harper

Book Advent Calendar

I saw a Book Riot article last week about book advent calendars. Then I went to Pinterest where I wasted two hours looking at book advent calendars, knitting patterns, and totally unrealistic hairstyles. Back to the calendars. This is such a cute idea. I kind of want to do it for myself, which is ridiculous, but I don't care.

The idea is, instead of a traditional candy advent, you wrap up children's books, Christmas themed or not. You could also include movies or game. Do whatever you want, it's your calendar. Each day, you unwrap that day's gift and read, watch, or play it. It's a really great way to get your kiddos to read and look how cute it is:

This project can get a little expensive. Hit up a used book store; the stores in my area have a great selection of children's books. Plus, you'll be helping out a local business. It's a win/win.

Aren't sure what to buy? Here's a list of my favorite children's books:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A Christmas Carol

Olive, the Other Reindeer

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

Polar Express

Angelina's Christmas

Snowmen at Christmas

The Snowman

Dream Snow

The Night Before Christmas

And, my absolute favorite, The Santa Claus Book.

Throw in some non-Christmas selections:

Literally any Dr. Seuss will do

Where the Wild Things Are

Any Skippyjon Jones

Give a Moose a Muffin

Amelia Bedila

So, head to your local used book store and start shopping.


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