My boys are both currently into books, for my eldest autistic son books are his current special interest. As it was so successful last year we are going to have a book advent calendar again this year.
I love reading books with my boys and the best thing about having a book advent calendar is the excitement of a new book each day.
How to make a book advent calendar
You will need 24 story books or 25 if you want one for Christmas day. You can use any books but we have Christmas books to help build understanding of Christmas as we lead up to the big day.
Each book gets wrapped up. If you want them to be opened in a particular order I suggest sticking numbers onto them. We have a space on the kitchen counter where they are piled up for December.
Enjoying your book advent calendar
I love using books to support understanding, my son is autistic and non-verbal so using visual books is really important for us. We take turns each day to open one of the books at breakfast time, this way we get to sit together and read the book at breakfast as well as for our bedtime story.
Our favourite Christmas books
What books you choose to use will depend on the age and ability of your children. My boys are now 3 & 5, here are some of our favourite Christmas books:
We are huge fans of the Ten Little books. This is a must for most under 5s, the pictures are fantastic and full of things to talk about.
Also big Mog fans so we have to include Mog’s Christmas. We also have Mog’s Christmas Calamity which was the book to accompany Sainsbury’s Christmas advert in 2015.
Both my boys really enjoy this one. It’s full of rhymes and another great counting book.
Two classic Christmas books. We always watch Father Christmas and the Snowman over the Christmas holiday. The illustrations in the books really are magical.
I remember the Night before Christmas poem from school as a child and this book brings the classic poem to to life.
A cute story about a Duck’s first Christmas and hoping she has been good enough for Christmas Bear to visit.
This is a really fun story about a little Sheep who loves Christmas so goes to help Santa.
This book tells the traditional story of the nativity.
This is a lovely book from the illustrator of the Gruffalo books.
Stick Man is a big Christmas favourite for us along with the rest of the classic Julia Donaldson tales that have been turned into TV films.
I had to include this one as my nieces love it. It’s also about the day Bella goes ice skating so good if that is one of your Christmas activities.
Christmas books for younger readers:
My youngest still loves books with buttons to make noise, this one is great for babies and toddlers. Also not too annoying for the adults either.
Great sensory touch book for little ones.
Have to include a Peppa book as the boys are big fans.
Huge fan of Dear Zoo and Rod Campbell’s Christmas book is just as brilliant. I would also recommend this for commenting with PECS.
Some great Christmas themed book with the classic Mr Men characters.
If you want to get a selection of Christmas books this set from the Book People would be a good choice.
Do you have any favourite Christmas books? Add them in the comments below.