Toddler Book Advent

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Happy first of December!

It is officially time to start counting down to Christmas, and this year we are trying out a new tradition. I've put together a book advent calendar for Zach, and I am so excited to get it started! I have wrapped 24 different Christmas themed books, and each evening between now and Christmas Day we will open one to read. I hope that by the time we've finished them all Zach will have a little bit more understanding about Christmas as at the moment he doesn't really know anything!


I started collecting the books for this book advent calendar quite a few months ago, and it has taken me until now to get enough. I even had to pinch two from his winter book collection to include as I was actually two short! I would definitely recommend starting early when it comes to buying the books as it can take a long time to build up your collection.

The majority of the books I have chosen are very simple board books because Zach prefers these to proper stories. Buying them all did end up costing me a lot of money, but I found quite a few ways to get books cheaply, and I plan to use quite a few of them in next year's book advent calendar too. I found quite a few of the books in our local charity shops, and the rest I ordered second hand on Amazon for 1 penny and then paid for the postage.

Wrapping the books took forever, especially as I put ribbon around them all, but I have to say I was so pleased with the final look. I have popped all of the books under the tree in order so that it is easy to find the right one, and we are ready to go! So far, thankfully, Zach hasn't opened or damaged any of them so far, which I am really please about as I did think he might just try and open them al in one go!


There are the books we've included this year:

Touchy-Feely Father Christmas (could this book title sound any more rude?!)
The Night Before Christmas (pop-up edition!)


What type of advent calendar do your children have?


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17 comments

  1. They do look so lovely all wrapped up, I did the same with mine the first year but I've given up since having the twins. Now I have a cardboard box that I've wrapped and covered with tinsel and each night a new Christmas book gets put in it, I just can't face the wrapping again, haha. We still have a few 'That's not my' books in ours and love The Night Before Christmas, a pop up one sounds perfect! xx

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    1. Oh I don't blame you! I didn't realise how long it would take me to wrap them all, and I'm not sure if I'll do it the same next year! xx

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  2. Love this and LOVE your wrapping. I literally did mine in brown paper and stuck some numbered stickers on them. I like Hayley's idea of putting a new one in a box each evening, saves the frantic wrapping! We opened our first one this evening and Parker wanted to open them all....x

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    1. Ahh thank you lovely! It took me forever although I did kind of enjoy it! We opened ours and Zach just wasn't that interested haha xx

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  3. OOOO Book advent are the best! I still waiting for someone to make one for me! he he he, well done you! #picknmix

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  4. I think this is a lovely idea. My friend is an Usborne Rep and she was doing an amazing deal of 24 books for £24 (all pre-wrapped too) but I wasn't quick enough with putting my order in. Gutted! Maybe next year... I hope Zach loves his books #TheListLinky

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    1. Ahhhh that sounds like such a good offer, maybe next year! xx

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  5. I was really hoping to get organised and do this this year but I haven't again. Such a lovely idea! #PicknMix xx

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    1. Oh maybe next year! It did take me ages haha xx

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  6. Such a lovely alternative to a chocolate one. I'm too lazy to do such things aha!! ox

    #PicknMix

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    1. It did take more effort than I thought it would haha! xx

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  7. I really love this idea and did for my girls when they were younger. The jolly postman is definitely our favourite x #picknmix

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    1. Oh it's my favourite too and was actually bought for Zach while he was still a bump! I've put it as the book for the 16th as that's my birthday and I want to read it too haha xx

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  8. My children also have an advent calendar of books. Always looking out for more though. #PicknMix

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    1. It's such a lovely thing to do isn't it? :) xx

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  9. They look so gorgeous under your tree and I love this idea! I would definitely have done this with my two when they were small if I had thought of it :)

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely

    Stevie x

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