378

Advent Calendar for Book Lovers

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.

Here’s How It Works

Gather enough books to count down to Christmas. If you start on the first day of Advent (this year, that’s Sunday, December 3), you’ll need 22 books.

Stacked Christmas picture 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.

Wrapped picture books

Display the wrapped books under the tree, on a shelf, or in a basket.

Wrapped picture books on shelfWrapped picture books in basket

Each day of Advent, have your children open one of the wrapped books to read together as a family.

Boy opening wrapped picture book presentGirl opening wrapped picture book present

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!

Boy smiling at picture book

Looking For Christmas Picture Books?

Favorite-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.

Does your family have any favorite holiday book traditions? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Holiday Book Traditions Shared by Our Readers

  • We like to use a mix of books and movies!! – shared by Angela
  • We live in a warm climate so we go outdoors to read our books every day . – shared by Cheryl
  • Our Advent book tradition is to read The Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman. – shared by Danielle
  • We wrap a new book for each child to deposit on their beds after they fall asleep on Christmas Eve. – shared by Heather
  • We have a collection of Christmas books that come out during Advent and stay in a special basket. – shared by Danielle
  • I re-wrap our books before I store them for the next year. It makes it so much easier to just pull out and go! – shared by Beth
  • We have a lot of Christmas books. I don’t wrap them, but leave them under the tree for the kids to choose for anytime reading. – shared by Kelsy
  • We did this two years in a row, but I got lazy. Now we just have a basket of Christmas books under the tree and we read at least one a day for the Christmas season. – shared by Jessica L.
  • Every Christmas our family reads each night from the Jesus Storybook Bible. As soon as dinner is over, we read a chapter and put a corresponding ornament on a little tree. – shared by Annette
  • We started a “12 Days of Christmas” tradition this year and will have a different theme for 12 days. We have books to read, crafts/coloring pages and sometimes movies or special foods on these days. – shared by Meggen L.
  • Every night at dinner, we light our advent wreath’s candle and read one (or more!) of our books. – shared by Elizabeth
< Previous Post 

Leave a Comment

Hollie

says:

I love this idea! Now, finding enough Christmas Books…………….

Belinda

says:

We’ve done books under the tree for several years. It’s always been fun for the kids. Now my girls are 14,12, 10 so we’ll all take turns reading a book this year instead of just me reading to everyone each night. They each have their favorite books and it should give them a good chance to practice reading outloud to people.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Belinda,
I like the way you have found to have this tradition grow with your children! Thank you for sharing this.

Carrie

says:

Thanks for the ideas listed here. I have a few Christmas books I pull out every year, but I appreciate that you included a list of books I can look for at the library.

Mary

says:

Marie,
Your Advent list of Christmas books has a wonderful mix of titles. This is a fun and do-able idea to keep some sense of peaceful and relaxation (reading a good book is always relaxing to the spirit) during a busy season.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mary,
I agree! Marie’s book Advent calendar is such a lovely idea for the Christmas season!

Nicole

says:

This is a great idea!

Heather

says:

I’ve always loved this idea but we haven’t managed to implement it yet. We do have 2 advent traditions that relate to books, though. One of our activities on the advent calendar is to spend an evening reading a bunch of our Christmas library books as a family. Even Daddy enjoys this one! We also wrap a new book for each child that is deposited somewhere on their bed after they are asleep on Christmas Eve. That way when they wake up Christmas morning they can enjoy their new book for a while as the rest of the family wakes up. :-)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
I love your tradition of waking up to a new book on Christmas morning! Thank you for sharing this.

Vicky

says:

Love this idea. We did something similar last year but we didnt wrap the books. This year i will definitly wrap the books for added excitement!

Rebekah H.

says:

I purchased 6 of the books on the list and wrapped them up for my sons to unwrap every half week during Advent. We all enjoyed the books and I will probably get another set of them for next advent.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a clever way to do fewer books but still have the enjoyment. Thanks for sharing this idea, Rebekah.

Jane

says:

Hi Robin,

So great to find someone else who loves The Christmas Day Kitten–it’s one of my favorite James Herriot stories. We did the Book Advent Calendar this year and my family agreed that it’s a tradition that we’re going to continue. I wrote a post with reviews of the books we read. I’ll be adding some of the books mentioned here for next year!

http://actively-reading.squarespace.com/blog/2017/2/3/aftermath-of-the-book-advent-calendar

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jane,
Thank you for this great blog post and the detailed review of so many Christmas books!

I’ll add that we read The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements this year, and my short review is that it was okay. It has some good ideas about the difference between popularity and leadership, but wasn’t as good as other Andrew Clements books we’ve read.

Mehgan Brooke

says:

The past two years I’ve tried to read a Christmas or winter themed picture book every day of December leading up to Christmas with my boys. Somehow it always ends up getting put off until later or I completely forget about it until the boys are already asleep. This past Christmas I think I only read the books about 10 of the 24 days that I had planned to! BUT I had honestly never thought of wrapping all of the books and putting number tags on them all. The excitement of opening a Christmas book of the day would definitely ensure my boys wouldn’t let me forget! Thanks for the lovely tip! It’s so simple, I can’t believe it never occurred to me!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Mehgan. Next year should be especially literature full!

Kim

says:

Love this idea!

Cindy

says:

Great idea! I will remember this for next year:)

Laurie Hanson

says:

Love family reading time during advent.

Christine

says:

Love this idea! Sounds like a tradition we may be starting next year!

Nicole

says:

My son is love the advent books this year. It’s going to be a great tradition for my family!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know that this book advent has been a hit with your son, Nicole!

Meggen Loew

says:

We started a “12 days of Christmas” tradition this year and will have a different theme for 12 days. We have books to read, crafts/coloring pages and some times movies or special foods on these days. We have used books already in our Christmas collection and I was able to pick up a few new thisbyear to add to add to some of our days.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Meggen,
I love how you add in crafts, coloring pages, movies, food, and more! What sweet memories are must be making.

We set aside our large collection of Christmas books to pull out each December – I look forward to finding a few new ones on your list!

Stephanie

says:

I’ve always wanted to try this. Guess I better start collecting Christmas books!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stephanie,
I imagine there will be after Christmas sales on Christmas books at book stores. Next week would be a good time to start collecting!

Erin

says:

Love this idea!!!!

Annette W

says:

What a fun way to show what a gift literature is!

Annette W

says:

Every Christmas our family reads each night from the Jesus Storybook Bible. As soon as dinner is over, we read a chapter and put a corresponding ornament on a little tree (they can be found online). My kids love it! They would really like this idea of unwrapping a book to read too! That may be our next before bedtime Christmas tradition!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Annette,
Your tradition sounds so beautiful!

Laura A

says:

What a great idea! I will have to do that next year with my kids. Thank you for sharing the idea!

Stefanie

says:

Wow – what a great list :) Thank you!

Audrey Slade

says:

I love this idea

Anita

says:

I love this idea! I wish I had started at the beginning of December. Maybe I will try it for January to make the cold winter months more fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a nice idea, Anita!

M Moore

says:

I love this idea. We might need to do just 12 days this year.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes! There is still time to start this tradition!

Jamie W.

says:

This is a great way to include all ages of family members! We have 2 and 10-year-old girls, so we are always looking for unique ways to include everyone (including ourselves)! We are loving AAS 1 and can’t wait to start the pre-reading level with our youngest! :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jamie,
This would be a lovely way to create warm memories between your two daughters! I see lots of photos of sweet book cuddles in your future!

Agy Fehr

says:

I am definitely going to do this with my children.

Angela Leggett

says:

My children enjoy reading through Christmas break and this would be a great way to help guide them to some classics.

Cheryl

says:

My state has a sunny, warm climate so I plan on taking my children to a different locale each day to read our books.

Katie Morgan

says:

We love to read A Christmas Carol every year!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katie,
I’ll be reading A Christmas Carol again this year, because one of my kids requested, “The one with the businessman dude that has spirits come at night.” ;D

Jaime B

says:

We’ve done this in the past- so fun! Our current tradition is observing advent with a Jesse tree. I just need to figure out where I put the ornaments!

Tara Bailey

says:

I definitely want to do this with my kiddos

Kathy Brennan

says:

Love this idea!

Rachel

says:

We love you guys. Thank you

LeAnn Elliott

says:

So creative! I really like your gift wrapping style!

Elle

says:

Wow, so cute and fun!!

Karisa

says:

This is such a great idea I’ve seen around. …but somehow I’d never thought to utilize the library. That helps so much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Glad to help, Karisa!

Ashley

says:

<3 this idea!!

Samantha F.

says:

We’ve done this every year for the last 4 or 5 years! My kids love it, even though we use the same books every year. We just put them away after Christmas!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Samantha,
Thank you for letting us know that your kids love this, even though you use the same books year after year! I wondered about that, but I suppose the repetition is part of the tradition and fun.

Beth

says:

We do this every year too! Love finding 50 cent books at Savers during the year to add to our collection. And I re-wrap them before I store them for the next year. Makes it so much easier to just pull out and go.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Beth,
I love the idea of wrapping them before packing them away for next year. So organized!

Sarah

says:

My mother-in-law did this or my kiddos last year. It was fantastic and was an excellent way to build our library.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awwww, what a wonderful grandma your kids have, Sarah! What a blessing.

Alice Ross

says:

What a great idea! Unwrapping the books builds suspense & increases interest. If you don’t number them it will surprise mom too. This could actually work any time of the year to add excitement.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I like the idea of not numbering, Alice! The surprise would be fun.

Nicole

says:

What great ideas for Advent! I try to do something special every year for my kids, to reinforce the spirit of the season, not just the fun of gifts.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I agree, Nicole!

Christy

says:

What a lovely Christmas tradition! Thanks for sharing this. :)

Jessica Hamer

says:

I absolutely love this idea!! Thabks for sharing!! I think I will implement it this year😃❤️🎄

A Hughes

says:

This is an awesome idea!!! Thanks

Kelly

says:

We do this one! We don’t number them and let the kiddos pick one. They love it!

shelby

says:

What a wonderful way to spend chilly nights, snuggled up with our beautiful children. It will be so enjoyable watching them pick out library books for this special time together. It will be nice to download from the technology in our lives for awhile.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Well put, Shelby. Here’s wishing you lots of snuggles and cuddles and family togetherness this season!

Jessica Boenick

says:

Such a cute idea!!!!!

Whitney

says:

Love this idea!

Karen

says:

Super fun idea

Sarah Mason

says:

I absolutely love this idea. I just have to increase my Christmas book collection to accomplish it.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

And it’s a lovely reason to buy more books, Sarah!

Judith Martinez

says:

This is a fun idea but I don’t know where we would store all the books if we did this year after year! I saw one idea that used library books instead and I might try that.

We love doing this. We have all our books wrapped and ready to read.

Tonya

says:

Thank You! This is so great. Love this! so much Fun to share with a warm cup of hot cocoa, a blanket and family .The Heart set right to receive all of The Wonderful Season Christ has giving to all who would receive Him.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tonya,
Yes! This would be such a cuddle and snuggle activity, and a warm way to spend the Christmas season.

Brooke C

says:

We love doing the picture book advent calendar!!

Jennifer Huffman

says:

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Julieta

says:

I love this Idea! I had been thinking about getting one of the Lego Advent Calendars this year but this can be for the whole family not just one child and it’s another way of making reading fun, reading aloud and modeling reading to the kids! Thanks for the great idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Julieta. I hope it’s a great hit.

Laurie Carleton

says:

Love this idea!

Amanda goodale

says:

Love this idea!!

Wendy

says:

I love this idea!

ERIKA

says:

I have always wanted to to a book advent and never have yet!

Christina Burns

says:

Great idea!

Tracey

says:

Great idea! We love to read as a family.

Lisandra

says:

Love the idea of a book each day of the Advent Calendar! My little bookworm will love this!

Lori Pavelka

says:

We love this tradition!!! In fact this year we have so many books we’re doing 2/say!!!;)

Rachael

says:

We did this last year and our boys LOVED it! Waiting for the library to call me :)

Melissa

says:

We did this last year! It was a lot of fun. :)

Crystal

says:

Did this idea last year for Christmas!

Erin

says:

We love doing a book advent! ❤️📚

Debra Graybeal

says:

What a great idea!

Vanessa Ast

says:

This is perfect for little ones! Thank you for this idea!

Jillian

says:

Love this!

Wendy Leonard-Richardson

says:

What a great idea!!!

Julie

says:

what a great idea!

Gloria Phillips

says:

I’ve always wanted to do this idea…I did end up with our Christmas books in a basket one year but not wrapped. :-)

Kristen

says:

We do something similar to this, except for the 12 days of Christmas instead of during Advent.

Brandi Morang

says:

We love AAR :)

Angela

says:

We are doing something like this for Christmas!! We have a mix of books and movies!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ooo, I like the idea of adding Christmas movies into the mix as well, Angela. There are lots of great Christmas movies.

Jill Jacobs

says:

That is such a great idea!

Nicole

says:

Such a great idea!

Valerie

says:

This is what I will be doing tonight!

Denise Holsomback

says:

What a great idea!

Jenny Page

says:

This is a fabulous idea! It’s a great way to incorporate more reading into the business of the Season! :)

Bryanna Paice

says:

I love this idea, and have wanted to incorporate it into our Christmas traditions. I have started wrapping! Great idea!

Trudi

says:

I love this idea!

Nicolette Maxey

says:

This is such a good idea!

Heidi

says:

We do this, minus the wrapping.

Melanie

says:

So fun!!!

Leigh

says:

Great idea!

Tauni

says:

We did this last year! Super fun…as long as you like wrapping books…I had my oldest help out ;)

Jessica Menteer

says:

Such a good idea since my oldest 2 can read now to the youngers :)

Jacquelyn

says:

Great idea! What a cute tradition!

LeAnn

says:

I love creative and inexpensive ideas like this one!

Karen C.

says:

Thanks for these great ideas!

Elizabeth T

says:

I love the advent book reading idea. In the past I have made poster-size pictures for my kids to add a sticker every day til Christmas.

Marci

says:

We are doing this for the first time this year! I’ve used your book list to accumulate books over the past couple of years and we now have enough. I’m so excited!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

How exciting, Marci! Have fun.

Kathy

says:

What a fun idea!

Deborah

says:

Great idea! We did this with our younger kids. Now we get a full length book and read it together.

Joni Chambers

says:

Wonderful ideas! Thank you.

Kelly

says:

I did this one year and it wa so fun.

Marcee

says:

Thank you for the idea!

Heidi

says:

I love this idea!!

Kacie

says:

Doing this this year! I’m so excited!

Leslie

says:

LOVE this idea! Keeps our read aloud time fresh and focused during this hectic season!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Leslie, yes! I love bringing the family focus back to the Christmas season.

Amanda

says:

We love doing this in our family!

Lynae Yankee

says:

I love this idea! Doing this next year!

Cathy

says:

We started this last year and my kids loved it.

Tricia Schlegel

says:

Trying to start some new traditions with my kiddos.

Sondra

says:

Love this idea!

Mae

says:

Would love to start this tradition.

Nic D.

says:

This is a FANTASTIC idea!!!!!!

Katie

says:

I love this idea!

Sarah

says:

I as a book lover think your book advent tradition is wonderful. My family has a small wooden Christmas tree advent calendar and it has little doors numbered to pull out the ornament to place on the tree and so the tree doesn’t look bare as it gets its ornaments we hang miniature candy canes on it that the kids get to eat. My question is what is Advent? We have just always started the tradition on the First of December which has us opening 24 doors so that the Christmas tree is complete on Christmas Eve.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sarah,
Advent is the practice of looking toward the celebration of Christ’s birth. Different traditions have it starting on different days, although the 4th Sunday before Christmas seems the most common traditionally and just the 24 days of December leading up to Christmas is the more common modern practice.

How advent is celebrated varies from little things to open each day, such as your Christmas tree calendar, to lighting of advent candles and special scripture or catechism readings.

Alena

says:

We already have plans for a countdown this year, but I’m looking forward to this activity next year!

Kara Mixon

says:

I love this idea! I’ll be checking out what my local library has tomorrow. Thanks!

Marci

says:

We did this last year, and my children loved it!

Amber

says:

This is a great idea!

Tracy

says:

Great idea!

Jamie Jones

says:

I love this idea!

Kristy

says:

Cool idea!

Nathania

says:

Great idea! I’ll be hitting up out library with the book list!

Heather

says:

We have done this for years but with the addition of AAR my 10 yr old finds it especially exciting this year. As she says…” I can read it without you, mommy!”

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great achievement this year, Heather!

Sarah Ter Maat

says:

We don’t have any special traditions, but I absolutely love this idea! I may just have to implement this.

Ashley Wakefield

says:

Oh! What a great idea for a special Christmas tradition! Can’t wait to snuggle with my kids and some good Christmas books! 🎄🎄🎄 It would be a tremendous blessing to win! Next year I will be homeschooling a kindergartner. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

jess

says:

Love this idea!

Stefanie M

says:

Such a wonderful idea!

Christa

says:

I love this idea! We always add a few new holiday books to our collection each year.

Nicole

says:

Such a great idea!

Bethel

says:

Winning Level 3 would be such a blessing! My first grade daughter will be finished with Level 2 by Christmas. She is becoming quite a little reader!

Michelle Bustamante

says:

Totally going to do this with my kids this year! Thank you.

Carolyn Boyd

says:

We try to do a different advent story or bible study every year. This year we started reading Jotham’s Journey and my kids are loving it!

Lisa

says:

My kids love to read books and you combine that with Christmas and it’s even better. This is a great idea for advent.

Katie Olson

says:

What a great idea! Thanks for including a list!

Tessa

says:

Very fun idea! Now to make a book list and head to the library!

Lori Blake

says:

I love this idea. I need more Christmas books!

Pat S

says:

Nice idea for Advent!

Kimber

says:

Love this idea! ❤️

Brittany Gell

says:

Very cool!

Melanie

says:

We don’t wrap our either…but we do definitely have Advent read aloud a each day, as well as Jesse tree readings.

We love this! We don’t wrap ours, but we do have a set that we use every year.

Brianna

says:

Great idea!

Julie

says:

Tried this once. But I love all my Christmas books too much and got impatient to READ THEM ALL! Now we do Advent with something less tempting (chocolate) so I can have all the books at once.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Julie,
I love how chocolate is less tempting than books!!!

Rebecca knepper

says:

I love this, we are going to try this!

Andrea

says:

LOVE THIS IDEA!

Kristin

says:

Love this idea – thanks for sharing!

Kristen

says:

What a great idea! Our boys would love this! May have to try it this year!

Kelly

says:

This is such a great idea!

Autumn R

says:

Great idea!

Jen

says:

So crazy! Researching Christmas books and requesting them from the library was on my to-do list today…I went the other day and grabbed a bunch, and oh my, there were some REAL duds!! Thank you!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I think you will find we weeded all the duds off our list, Jen!

Amanda

says:

This is a great idea. I may try this next yr 🙂

Jessica

says:

We did this two years in a row with my son. I hate to say it but I got lazy (so much wrapping!) after that. Now we just have a basket of Christmas books under the tree and we read at least one a day for the Christmas season. My son loves it and he gets a new Christmas book every year. We also put up the Christmas books at the end of the season and don’t read them until after Thanksgiving so they are brand new to him again.

Leisa H.

says:

I love this idea!

Rachea

says:

What a neat idea! We’ll have to make that a new tradition for our family!

Rachea

says:

What a neat idea! We’ll have to make that a new tradition for our family!

Sonya

says:

We love books !

Laura

says:

Thanks for a great list of Christmas books!

Danielle

says:

Cute idea!

Kim Fielding

says:

I heard a great tip on a Read Aloud Revival podcast advent podcast. I think it was Elizabeth Foss who suggested gathering all the Christmas books after the holiday is over and wrapping them before they are packed away. Everything is prepared for the next year and their is no scrambling to get things ready for the advent season.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great idea, Kim! Then you can take advantage of the post-Christmas wrapping paper sales too. Thank you for sharing it.

Elizabeth Childers

says:

We do something similar. I don’t wrap the books, but we have a collection of Christmas books I’ve added to over the years. They get packed up with the Christmas stuff, so they seem “new” when we get them out. Every night at dinner, we light our advent wreath’s candle and read one (or more!) of our books.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a warm and lovely tradition, Elizabeth!

Bethany Furness

says:

This is a wonderful idea, especially with the library and a book source! I read about something similar last year, buy it seemed so expensive. This way you can change out some books each year and keep your favorites.

Rebecca T

says:

We don’t do this as an advent calendar, but do keep a box of Christmas books under the tree every year. They are fun and fresh because they are packed away all year. There is something so sweet about your littles reading books by the Christmas tree :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That sounds like the perfect Christmas portrait opportunity, Rebecca!

Maria

says:

Love this idea so much!! Think we’ll be heading to the library to find some books!

Kayla

says:

What a great idea!

Kristy Spears

says:

I’ve seen this idea before, but I always miss the start date! This year I could actually pull it off as it isn’t December yet, AND I have enough books for this year! Thanks for the encouragement on making reading fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad this was timely for you, Kristy!

Yvette

says:

Love this idea!

Alicia

says:

I love this idea

Sandi W

says:

What a great idea. I’ve seen this before but at least I got reminded before Christmas/December this year. :)

Brittany Adams

says:

We love reading as a family every night. Wrote bed! What cute idea for unwrapping each book!

Katelyn

says:

What a fun idea!

Davelle J.

says:

This is a great idea. The kids would love it.

Amanda

says:

We need to try this! What a fun idea.

Nancy A.

says:

I love this idea for my budding readers!

Lauren

says:

We have done this the past few years and the kids love it!

Kimberly

says:

I LOVE this idea!!!

Daryn Kennedy

says:

We have done this for a few years at our house. The only downfall is that after each year, I “need” new books! :) (Not really. We do reuse most, but phase out ones that are too young to be replaced with books for my older kids.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

But what a lovely excuse to get new books, Daryn!

Anna S

says:

We have done a book advent for a few years now and we love it. This year we are trying to decide if we want to wrap the books or just leave them unwrapped for all to read at anytime. It’s a great tradition that we really enjoy!

Tamara

says:

Working on doing this!

Maria

says:

I have a friend who has been doing this for years. She has enough books to do multiple advent calendars

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Maria,
That’s a lot of Christmas books!

Priscilla Chavez

says:

Fantastic idea!

Cheryl Barnette

says:

My young readers would love this :)

Katelyn

says:

I enjoy the idea of a book advent but we love to dive into our seasonal books from the start of December and I think we’d miss not having access to our favorites from the start. We love having countdown paper chains.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katelyn,
I rather agree with you. I like to set out the Christmas books are part of the season’s decorations. We can read them whenever, but we also get to enjoy how pretty they are.

Stephanie Federico

says:

This is a fabulous idea to share some really great books this Christmas season!

Cindy N

says:

I love this idea! Probably not going to pull it off this year but saving for next !

Brittany

says:

What a wonderful idea!

Scott

says:

Love this idea of opening books leading up to Christmas! Just another way to get my kids excited about reading! Love that our kids are in a program that not only is a curriculum but is still trying to help so many people in so many other ways than simply through the curriculum itself!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Scott. :D

Callie Ramsey

says:

Love this idea!

Jill Van Soelen

says:

Such a fun idea! Love the book suggestions!

Dara Shackelford

says:

What an amazing idea! My 5 year old cannot wait to count down and now I have a meaningful way to bring reading into our holiday joy. Thanks!

Katrina

says:

This is a great idea.

Amanda Banks

says:

I love this idea!

Kelsy

says:

We have a lot of Christmas books. I don’t wrap them, but leave them under the tree for the kids to choose for anytime reading.

Corrine Harris

says:

Love this! We do an advent calendar but might use this idea this year. We could use some great holiday books.

Amber Gleaves

says:

Such a fun idea!

Horton

says:

Awesome idea!

Kristina Poehls

says:

🌲

Bekah

says:

Great idea!!

Jessica

says:

Awesome idea! My book loving fam would love this!

Dawn P

says:

We always read a Christmas book every day in December, but I haven’t brought myself to take the time to wrap them. I think that would be extra special& make for a great memory for my children!

Adrien

says:

Thanks for the idea!

Rkapser

says:

Love this idea. Trying it for the first time. I just finished wrapping my books this morning.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

How exciting! I hope it’s a huge hit with everyone.

Amanda Jungquist

says:

Love these ideas!

Kristen

says:

Love this idea!

This is such a great idea!

Laura Gosnell

says:

I am not sure I will wrap them, but the plan is to read one Christmas book a day, plus Tolkien’s Father Christmas.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Laura,
I kind of like the idea of displaying Christmas books as part of the decorations.

Ashlee

says:

I did this a few years ago with my daughter. She absolutely loved it! Now I have two girls. Definitely gonna do it again!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What fun, Ashlee, continuing a family tradition this way!

Chris

says:

This is always a fun tradition at our house!

Carrie

says:

Love the idea of giving books for advent.

Andrea

says:

I love this idea but I think I will have to wait till next year so I can plan ahead!

Katie Waalkes

says:

We have been doing this for 3 years and my kids love it we have slowly built up our collection of books and they love unwrapping one a day. We put our books under the tree wrapped and we don’t put out the other presents till Christmas Eve so that if someone were to sneak a peak or accidentally unwrap one no surprises would be ruined.

Desiree SerpaTorres

says:

I can’t wait to try this!!! 📚

Teagon

says:

What a fun idea!

Elizabeth

says:

Love this! My son will love it when I read Christmas books as part of his reading time!

Jennie

says:

Great idea!

Tikisha

says:

I absolutely love this idea. My daughter is a little bookworm so it would be perfect for her.

Mimi

says:

I LOVE this idea! My grandson and I are doing his first year with AAR and AAS and so far so good! We started with level 2 and after a rocky start (due to UNschooling) we are sailing now! Today we found his inner goofball and he is reading in a funny voice and laughing! I am so very pleased with this program! We are entering the drawing for a free level! Would be wonderful to win level 3 and sail along through that too!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Mimi,
I love when young readers start reading with voices and expression. It’s soooo cute!

Danielle

says:

Our Advent book tradition is to read The Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman. We also have a large collection of Christmas books that come out during Advent and stay in a special basket. I’m eagerly awaiting our new additions to arrive via Amazon!

Carrie

says:

My kids would love this!

Jade

says:

I try to store holiday specific books with the decorations so they only come out once a year, which makes them special.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’ve done this too, Jade. A favorite for us is The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, as it’s a book that my mother read to me when I was little.

Rebecca Sweazy

says:

This is a great idea!

Ann R

says:

I love this idea! Maybe next year.

Marci

says:

Love this! I plan to wrap ones we already have and a few new ones. Wonderful tradition.

Elizabeth

says:

So fun! What a great way for kids to get excited about books!

Emily

says:

I love this idea! I have our Christmas Books wrapped and under the tree for the kids to open each day. I love seeing them so excited to open and read a book each day!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so organized, Emily! I haven’t even bought a single gift yet, let alone wrapped anything!

Haley Aldrich

says:

Great idea! I’m going to do this!

Wendy Thelen

says:

I have always seen this but never done it. Maybe this year I’ll get organized early and do it.

Audrey

says:

Awesome idea!

Sharee Patten

says:

This is such a fabulous idea! One we will definitely use next year for my emerging readers!

Tami Palmer

says:

I love this idea! My kids would too!

Pam

says:

My kids love books, what a fun tradition they would enjoy!

Vida

says:

My sister does this. She picks up books all year and then the girls get books everyday in December.

Brooke

says:

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree and The Quiltmaker’s Gift are always on our list as well.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for these recommendations, Brooke.

Jess

says:

We did this a couple years ago, and now we have a wonderful selection of Christmas books.

We have done this before. Might be a good year to bring it back. :) We also sing Christmas songs each night before Christmas in December. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
Books and songs… What a wonderful, memory-making way to celebrate Christmas!

Jamie

says:

Thank you for the list! I’ll be reserving some of these at our library for read aloud time!

TabitaD

says:

We’ve done something similar a couple years back, but instead of wrapping the books we wrote notes about which book or parts of a book to read, and we put the notes inside the pockets of our wall advent calendar. Together with the scriptures we read for that day. It was a bit more frugal, but I like your idea because it has potential to build more excitement. I mean … unwrapping a present to read every night? Awesome!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I like your notes in pockets alternative, Tabita! Thank you for sharing that.

I love this idea! What a fun way to countdown to Christmas.

Whitney

says:

Love this idea! Thank you.

Kimberly Watson

says:

We love this tradition! :)

Leslie

says:

I did this for the first time last year, and plan on doing it again! It allowed my kids to get out of the habit of picking the same book to read every night. And, because of that, they found some new ones that they couldn’t wait to see me pull out again this Advent.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Leslie,
Thank you for letting us know how well this was received last year! What a wonderful tradition you have started.

Marilyn Fuqua

says:

Love, love, love this idea!

Heather

says:

I love this idea! I might have to start collecting books for next Christmas :)

Lynna Burton

says:

We love to read Santa Mouse at Christmas. I love your idea of wrapping each book for Advent!

Katie

says:

Thanks for this great idea. We used it throughout the whole advent season and my two daughters (6 & 7) took turns unwrapping the books each night. This will most certainly be an annual tradition for us. We always have read stories aloud at night, but this brought novelty, wonder and joy for both the adults and children. We did half of the recommended books from the blog and the other half were Christmas books we own, but only bring out this time of the year. It actually makes a lot of sense to wrap the treasures that are stored away the other eleven months of the year. Favorites from our collection are Santa Mouse and The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, which was my husband’s favorite holiday book as a child. From your list we read Otis, Humphrey, and Olivia countless times. Truely, The Christmas Miricle title was the greatest gift of the season for me…better than anything that can be put under the tree. Thank you for this advent and Christmas blessing.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Katie,
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how your picture book advent went. It’s great to hear that it was a lovely experience for you and your daughters, one you wish to repeat in years to come. Thank you for the additional recommendations as well.

Judy

says:

Hi, Thanks for the list of books. We found many at the library and enjoyed them all. Here are some of my family’s favorite picture books for the holidays. The Carolers (Georgia Guback) we “sing” this book, Angel Mae (Shirley Hughes), Peter Spier’s Christmas! (no words), A Christmas Rebus Story I See A Star (Jean Marzollo), That Special Starry Night (Jeff Carnehl), The Best Thing About Christmas (Christine Harder Tangvald), I Spy Christmas Riddles (Jean Marzollo), and our current favorite of favorites Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (Jane O’Connor)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the lovely list of recommendations, Judy! I forgot about the I Spy Christmas Riddles book; we have loved that one almost in pieces!

Kiesha

says:

Thanks to your tip, we’re on our second week and loving it! Got all the books from the library and only cost $2 in cheap wrapping paper. Success!

Tara

says:

What a beautiful idea! My kids are always finding baby blankets and wrapping up their old books for each other as “presents.” I think this would be a fun way to make sure to read new books and the ones we have over again. Plus it’s so pretty!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

This made me smile, Tara. Playing at “presents” is too cute.

Emily

says:

I was so excited when I read this idea a few weeks ago. I love doing Advent calendars, but this year we were short on funds, and we have a child with food allergies, so doing a “traditional” Advent calendar with either candies each day or one that has you baking a lot, was not an option. When I got the email with this blog post, I was so excited. My mother-in-law helped out by buying some new books, and I spent an hour in our libraries book store finding the rest of the books I needed. I was able to find the rest of the books needed for $2.50!! This is our second week doing this and, to my surprise, all 4 kids can’t wait to open their book for the day. Thanks for such a great suggestion, we’ll be doing this EVERY year.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Wow, Emily, it’s so great to hear how this idea has worked out for you. Thank you for sharing!

Allison Toone

says:

I love this idea! We will be trying it this year!

Jaime B

says:

I love this idea! We have a lot of Chriatmas books, but I’m not sure we have enough for this. We do Jesse Tree ornaments for advent.

Dee Anne Lane

says:

Love this idea! Thank you for sharing the list of Christmas books:)

Launa

says:

I don’t have enough books for this this year. And we’re doing truth in the tinsel anyway but this looks like a lot of fun to do next year!

Melanie

says:

This is such a good idea. We are going to start today! Even if it’s the second. :-)

Hannah Jenks

says:

I love this idea! I got all the books from the library and the kids get so excited when it’s time to open the day’s book.

Gail

says:

I just finished setting up our books in front of the fireplace! Made the tags and dug up an old Pepsi crate to hold all the books. SO excited to start this wonderful Christmas tradition with our kids! I posted my photo on your facebook page. :-)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Gail,
I saw your photo on our Facebook page. It looks so attractive and appealing! Thank you for sharing.

Miranda

says:

This is such a great idea!

Kimberly

says:

One of our favorite traditions is an annual gingerbread house decorating party with all of our friends!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Kimberly,
We love doing gingerbread (and graham crackers, for those of us that don’t like gingerbread) houses too! We long ago gave up on the kits (limited, and never taste good) and make our own custom houses. I particularly love the adobe style house, complete with a cactus garden, that two of my sons collaborated on a couple of years ago.

Love this idea! I think we will start this tradition!

Caroline billman

says:

What a fun idea- thanks for sharing!

Jenni

says:

great idea! Thanks!

Heather

says:

My kids loved doing this when they were younger. Now that they’re older, I’m looking for a new Advent tradition to start.

Addie

says:

What a great idea! My boys would love this!

Kerry

says:

We read a daily advent book. This year it is Bartholomew’s Passage.

Megan

says:

Love reading about Advent traditions! My boys are only 4 & 2, and I have tried something different each year so far, trying to find “our thing.” :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Megan,
My kids are 19, 16, 12, 10, and 8, and we still try new things most years. We keep our favorites (like making gingerbread and graham cracker houses a few days before Christmas) and don’t keep things that we didn’t love (like making friendship bread). It’s part of the fun.

Leslie

says:

I never thought about this. My son will love it. Thanks!

Katie

says:

This is a great idea and wonderful way to get kids excited about reading!

Cindy

says:

I love this idea!

Suanna

says:

We’ve read a book everyday, but I’ve never wrapped them. Thinking about getting my older kids to help this year and wrap the books. I like the tags you used to number them.

Aude'marie

says:

What an awesome idea! Definately going to try this out.

Lynn

says:

Lovely idea. I like that it can be done with library books.

Amanda

says:

This is a great idea!

Elizabeth

says:

We’re trying out this advent tradition for the first time this year. I’m excited!

Lexi

says:

I love this idea for advent! We actually have a giant red and green tub filled with Christmas books from the past few years. Every evening we go down to our basement and sit near our tree and let our kids choose a few books from the tub. Then we read with them right before bedtime. We LOVE reading our beautiful Christmas picture books!

Paige

says:

I would love to do this with my 9 year old. I also would love to have some ideas that aren’t picture books but not too long so that they can be read each day without reading for hours on end :o) We have a yearly tradition of reading a series of advent books by Arnold Ytreeide. He has a new one out this year called Ishtar’s Odyssey and I’m so excited to add another book to our yearly tradition. We also have an advent wreath that we light the candles on each day of advent.

If anyone has anymore book lists especially if they aren’t picture books but not too long either I would love to hear then.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Paige,
I’m not sure what you consider “not too long”, but since you mentioned Arnold Ytreeide’s books, I think these would be okay. My kids really enjoyed The BEST Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, and (if it’s isn’t too scary, my kids were fine with it) A Christmas Carole by Charles Dickens.

Katharine Neill

says:

That is a great idea! We love books!

Linda

says:

I keep all of my Christmas books in a box, usually in the attic. After Thanksgiving I bring them down and display them in the living room. Then, we pick and read them together throughout the month. This will be the third year, and I love it. I was inspired by a friend who displayed her books that way.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Linda,
I love the idea that the Christmas books become part of the Christmas decor! I love decorating with beautiful books anyway (I turn books I find interesting or attractive face our on my shelves all the time!). Thank you for sharing this idea.

Shannon Curran

says:

I adore this idea! We will definitely be doing this. What a wonderful way to connect and slow down during the busiest time of year. Thank you for the great idea!

Em

says:

Love this idea!

Lisa Law

says:

I love this idea! We will be adding this to our Christmas traditions this year.

Charlie

says:

Great idea! Thanks for all that you do.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays as a family! Thanks for the ideas!

Emma

says:

I love this idea! It’s the perfect way to countdown to Christmas – and add to your book collection, too!

Aubrey

says:

Great idea!

Char

says:

Love this idea and I know my children will too! Read-aloud time always seems to get pushed out of the schedule at our house, but having just one book wrapped for each day will make it more likely to happen. Can’t wait to go the library next week! Thanks for your great blog posts (and the great curriculum)!

Gail

says:

This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time! I’ve been thinking of ways to make this Christmas extra special and I know our kids will absolutely LOVE this!!! I can’t wait to just cuddle on the couch and open up a book. I was able to order almost ALL of these books from our library. Thank you SOOO much!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Gail,
You are welcome! I hope your Christmas season is full of warm, fuzzy, memory-making moments!

Karen

says:

Love this idea!!!!! I think I have enough books. Now to find time to do the wrapping
….

Jessica Stephens

says:

I LOVE this idea! What a fun and exciting way to spend time with family!!!

Robyn

says:

My boys are 10 and 13…we have donated most of our picture books at this point as the boys are in chapter books now. But I will occasionally check out picture books from the library, and the boys love to read them. I am thinking of checking out 26 library picture books and wrapping them for advent. With a 3 week check out period and a 2 week renewal period, it should work! Thanks for the idea!

Lynn

says:

As a child, my parents kept and added to a box of holiday books that was brought out a few weeks before Christmas and then put away soon after Christmas. I kept that tradition with my children, starting with cardboard baby books, then picture books and eventually juvenile novels about the holidays. Even last year, my youngest, now 18, was eager to get out and reread the Christmas books soon after Thanksgiving. Each child has their own favorites that have been read over and over.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Lynn,
This is lovely! I know what you mean about older kids loving to revisit the stories. I read The BEST Christmas Pageant Ever with my younger children last year, and my then 18 and 15 year olds ended up enjoying it just as much even though I had read the book aloud to them years before.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family tradition.

Renee Gould

says:

Marie…

I always read your blogs and enjoy them so much! I never have written in; but had to this time. My kids will LOVE this! I literally purchased almost every book you published in a previous blog about Renee’s favorite poem books. Seriously, they are my kids favorites! It has gotten them very interested in poetry.

Anyway, thanks for the wonderful ideas! This is genius:-)

Have a great holiday!
Renee
PS..I am a faithful customer of AAR and AAS:-)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Renee,
Thank you for taking the time to comment! It’s great to hear that Marie’s poetry books were such a big hit. I hope that you find the Christmas picture books to be equally loved.

Renée,

I’m thrilled that your kids loved the poetry books! Poetry is near and dear to my heart, and it’s always gratifying to know kids still respond to it — they just need to be exposed to it. :) Happy reading!

the other Renée from AALP :)

Sherry

says:

So far, we haven’t started many Christmas traditions, unless you count putting up the tree and listening to Christmas music. This looks like a fun tradition, I would just be afraid we wouldn’t be home often enough to actually carry through with it.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Sherry,
Try to think of how you could make it work. You don’t have to read the stories every night right before bed. You could do them every morning, or before naptime, or whatever works for your individual family. If you are away from home overnight, you could even take a book with you for each day you will be gone.

Of course, you don’t have to do this, but one of my biggest regrets with my older children was not establishing holiday traditions when they were very young. We did get around to getting traditions going, but my older kids missed out on them for many years. So, I recommend to try to establish some sort of tradition this Christmas season.

Becca

says:

OMG, what a nifty idea!!!! There are many nights when I forget about having a bedtime story read and this is a great way to remember. I am definitely going to do this this year and make it a new tradition. Thank you so much for the idea! :D

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Becca!

Magela Gonzalez

says:

What a beautiful tradition. I can’t wait to do this with my family.

Kay

says:

My user name on pinterest is hpstour. I gave the wrong one in my entry.

Kay Beams

says:

The best tradition is Elf on A Shelf! My grandson named his Nash. I just love that name. When I’m there for Thanksgiving, my grandson just had to be at home on Thanksgiving night, because that was when Nash came out. My grandson was so excited when it was time for Nash to come. My daughter thinks of some really cute ways to hide Nash each night. Love it! I’m not sure he will be so excited about Nash this year as he is getting older–but maybe. I really like the idea above–one book to share reading for each day before Christmas. I need a list of books for a third grader!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

What a cute tradition, Kay. Thanks for telling us all about Nash!

I don’t do daily picture books with my kids, but I do a Christmas chapter book each year with them. My younger kids were 11, 9, and 7 last year and they loved The BEST Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.

I am a grandma to 4, I see my granddaughter every other weekend and always read to her. We sit in my grandma rocker and read and this weekend we even sat in it and listened to Burl Ives singing the Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer CD and made a video of it & I posted it on just her Mommy’s (my daughter’s) Facebook so she can let my granddaughter pull it up and look at it anytime! She loves me to read to her! This is a great idea!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Barbara,
I want to be a grandma just like you. My kids sometimes ask why I still have so many preschool books and such, when my youngest is almost 9, but it’s because my I’m going to be the grandma with all the wonderful BOOKS!

Thank you for sharing this lovely memory you and your granddaughter made.

Sarah McKendree

says:

What a wonderful idea! We already read books as a family, but this would be a great new tradition to start for Christmas!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you are excited by the idea, Sarah!

Jenn Khurshid

says:

I love, love this idea! Thank you for sharing.

Leave a comment