Book Advent Calendar

book advent calendar

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

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:

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Ten Little Elves by Mike Brownlow

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.

Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr

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.

Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan

Both my boys really enjoy this one.  It’s full of rhymes and another great counting book.

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Two classic Christmas books. We always watch Father Christmas and the Snowman over the Christmas holiday.  The illustrations in the books really are magical.

The Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

I remember the Night before Christmas poem from school as a child and this book brings the classic poem to to life.

Little Duck’s First Christmas by Dawn Richards

A cute story about a Duck’s first Christmas and hoping she has been good enough for Christmas Bear to visit.

The Sheep that Saved Christmas by Jason Page

This is a really fun story about a little Sheep who loves Christmas so goes to help Santa.

The Nativity The Story of Baby Jesus by May Eliot 

This book tells the traditional story of the nativity.

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Winter favourites

Pip and Posy and the Christmas Tree by Axel Scheffler

This is a lovely book from the illustrator of the Gruffalo books.

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

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.

Bella Gets Her Skates On by Ian Whybrow

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:

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Baby’s very first noisy book Christmas

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.

That’s not my Santa

Great sensory touch book for little ones.

Peppa’s Christmas Wish

Have to include a Peppa book as the boys are big fans.

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

Huge fan of Dear Zoo and Rod Campbell’s Christmas book is just as brilliant.  I would also recommend this for commenting with PECS.

Christmas sets

Mr Men Christmas Set (10 books)

Some great Christmas themed book with the classic Mr Men characters.

Collection of 8 Christmas Books

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.

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  1. 15th November 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Excellent idea and book suggestions, we are being sent some children’s classics for D and I’m aiming to make a book advent calendar for her ?

    • admin
      15th November 2018 / 9:41 pm

      That’s great Jeannette. I hope you enjoy it, I’m really looking forward to ours.

  2. 15th November 2018 / 11:05 pm

    I always wanted to do this but sadly our autistic girl is definitely not a book fan and doesn’t class them as a good present. Where did I go wrong?! I do always buy them at least one Christmas book each though 🙂

    • admin
      16th November 2018 / 5:00 am

      I know we lucked out a bit that my son loves them. Although he is clearly into the pictures more than the text and his brother the other way round!

  3. 17th November 2018 / 8:38 am

    What an amazing list this is! The reading club that I’m part if has given a reading Prompt based on Christmas. I can definitely pick some books from this list. Yay!

    • admin
      17th November 2018 / 9:02 am

      That’s great to hear. I really do recommend the books on my list so hopefully you find some great Christmas reads xxx

  4. 17th November 2018 / 10:08 am

    I’ve been thinking of doing this for my 3 little ones. One is diagnosed ASD. Love your book recommendations I shall be using a few of those ??? x

    • admin
      17th November 2018 / 10:23 am

      Great Lynne. I really recommend it. My ASD boy particularly enjoys the really visual books.

  5. 17th November 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I am such a traditionalist. I like “The Night Before Christmas” and “Frosty The Snow Man”. I also like the Christmas books you mentioned. I haven’t heard about some of them but I will be checking them out.

    • admin
      17th November 2018 / 10:56 pm

      It is lovely to have some traditional ones I hadn’t thought of Frosty the Snowman.

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