Have you ever heard of an Advent calendar for book lovers? It’s so simple and yet so fun, and a perfect way to incorporate read-aloud time into your family’s holiday traditions.
Gather enough books to count down to Christmas. If you start on the first day of Advent this year, you’ll need 28 books.
You can use my library list to gather books from the library or use this holiday activity as an excuse to build up your own library of great Christmas books. Wrap each book, and if you’d like, add a number tag to each one so your children will know which book to open each day.
Display the wrapped books under the tree, on a shelf, or in a basket.
Each day of Advent, have your children open one of the wrapped books to read together as a family.
Perhaps this is the year you’d like to start a new reading tradition in your household. Grab a cup of cocoa, a warm, snuggly blanket, and some kids, and get started with some beautiful Christmas books!
If you’d like to create your own picture book Advent calendar, but need some picture book inspiration, here are some of my favorite picture books for Christmas.
Click to download a checklist of my favorites to take to your local library.
Is there a special tradition that has become a part of your family’s holiday celebrations? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.