I’ve been looking at different book related Advent Calendars in preparation for Advent. My daughter loved Christmas and Snowy’s Advent Calendar last year and although I was hoping to do something a bit different she is expecting them to come back again this year!
Christmas and Snowy (who were named by my daughter) brought our Advent crown and introduced themselves on December 1st last year. Each day during December they brought a book and set up a scene related to the book that they had chosen. The books were mostly from our own book collection and Christmas and Snowy also found the Christmas books that are hidden away every year. As well as bringing some new books they also borrowed books from the local library.
The first book that Christmas and Snowy brought us last year was an Advent story book, Rica und ihre Freunde feiern Weihnachten. Every evening we read a section of the story and my daughter stuck a sticker on her bedroom window. By the time Christmas arrived she had the whole crib scene stuck on her window. The stickers are reusable so we’ve read the same story for three years running, this year Christmas and Snowy will be bringing a new Advent story book. There are lots of Advent story / sticker books in German but I haven’t found an English version. Please do let me know if you know of one, it is so much fun to read a story and create your own picture.
While I was looking for an English Advent sticker storybook and calendar I was very tempted to buy The Story of Christmas Advent Calendar which contains 24 miniature books that tell the Christmas story. Each book has a gold ribbon and can be hung on your Christmas tree (if anybody has this I would love to hear your thoughts on it).
I love the idea of a book tree Advent Calendar. Wrap twenty four books up in green paper and stack them up to look like a Christmas tree. Again the books can be a mix of old, new or borrowed from the library. Carmen from Rhino Reads made this beautiful tree last year.
Another lovely idea is colouring during Advent. The ‘Advent calendar to colour’ from Usborne gives a child the opportunity to colour every day. It is printed on thick quality paper and makes a great keepsake.
Anorak Magazine also has a lovely Advent Calendar to colour. It can be sent anywhere in the world!
There are book inspired Advent Calendars for children to enjoy which include well-loved children’s characters. We are particularly intrigued by the pop up Eric Carle Advent Calendar.
Very little people will enjoy opening the doors to find the stickers in Maisy’s Advent Calendar.
The Paddington movie is out for Christmas and you can buy a Paddington Bear Advent Calendar (which also includes stickers).
Author / illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson has designed a beautiful Sticker Nativity Advent Calendar which you can order on her website.
I would be interested to hear any ideas that you have for book inspired Advent calendars. Please add your links to the comments.