Advent Book Calendar for Toddlers

One of the things we do most in our house is read. We read many, many books a day as it’s Henry’s favorite activity. So when it came to December & Christmas, I knew participating in Advent would be most exciting for him if done with books.

Unfortunately, I had a problem. Well, the problem was twofold. 1) I forgot that I wanted to do this until December 2nd and b) I only had 5 holiday/winter/Christmas books on hand. The first problem was easy to resolve; I just started a day late and he never knew the difference. The second problem required several Amazon orders. But it’s safe to say we are set for next year!

Henry quickly caught on to this new post-bath, pre-bedtime routine of opening a book-gift and the day after Christmas, he went over to the tree looking for another one to open. We had to explain that all his books were opened and we could read any of the ones that he had already unwrapped. The new book every day was a big of a spoil and also became his favorite part of the day.

I got an assortment of books ranging from spiritual Christmas story books to silly Santa books to sweet snowy books.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Snowy Day
  • The Biggest Snowman Ever
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  • If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
  • The Berenstain Bears & the Joy of Giving
  • The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
  • Curious George In the Snow
  • The Hat
  • Snow
  • Five Little Christmas Trees
  • Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!
  • What Is Christmas?
  • Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
  • Dream Snow
  • The Story of Christmas
  • The Three Gifts
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  • Big Bear, Little Bear
  • The Christmas Baby
  • Snowy Bear
  • Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
  • Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!
  • Song of the Stars
  • Little Porcupine’s Christmas
  • A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

A few more that we don’t have yet, but I’m hoping to add to the rotation are:

  • The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish
  • The Gruffalo’s Child
  • Stick Man
  • Little Porcupine’s Christmas
  • The Christmas Wish
  • A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree
  • How to Catch an Elf
  • Room for a Little One