Monday, December 2, 2013

A Book Countdown for Advent!

The last several years, my family and I have adopted the tradition of reading two books each night during the month of December as a way to countdown to Christmas morning. I have collected many Christmas books over my years of working in Early Childhood Education, so thought, since I have young children this would be a fantastic opportunity to build on their love for books!

Listed below is my list for this year, not much different than last year, and I wrap each book and each night we read two. I have them labelled 1-24 so we know what books we read nightly. I have an almost equal amount of "everyday" Christmas books and stories that build on the birth of Jesus, and a variety of reading levels, since I have a seven and five year old, both who love to read and are just starting to!

Without further delay here is our list for this year!

Dec 1:   Usborne The Story of the Nativity
             A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec 2:.  Tonight You Are My Baby
             Merry Christmas Curious George

Dec 3:   If You Take A Mouse To The Movies
             God Gave Us Christmas

Dec 4:    The Stable Where Jesus Was Born
              A Porcupine in a Pine Tree -  A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas

Dec 5:    Listen Said the Donkey - Tales of the First Christmas
              The Little Red Elf

Dec 6:    An Angel Came to Nazareth
              Merry Christmas from Biscuit

Dec 7:    Christmas in the Barn
              Olive, the Other Reindeer

Dec 8:    Little Star
             Christmas Wishes

Dec 9:   My Little Christmas Story
             A Moose in A Maple Tree - The Original All-Canadian 12 Days of Christmas

Dec 10:  The Littlest Christmas Star
              I've Seen Santa

Dec 11:  Angela and the Baby Jesus
              Snowman At Night

Dec 12:  Hurry, Hurry Have You Heard?

Dec 13: No Room At The Inn
             Gingerbread Mouse

Dec 14:  Santa's Favorite Story
              The Christmas Angels

Dec 15:  Little Porcupine's Christmas
              The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Dec 16:  A Small Christmas
              The Christmas Baby

Dec 17:  The Crunchy, Munchy Christmas Tree
             What Santa Can't Do

Dec 18:  The Birthday of a King
              Mouse's First Christmas

Dec 19:  The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas
              Pippin The Christmas Pig

Dec 20:  Corduroy's Christmas Surprise
              A Child is Born

Dec 21:  A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree
              Little Shepherd

Dec 22:  Olivia Claus
              The Littlest Christmas

Dec 23:  Spunky's First Christmas
              The Sparkle Box

Dec 24:  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell
              The Christmas Pups

During this time of Advent, our family will be reading through scripture readings from The Jesus Story Book Bible, and other Children's Bibles. One resource that I found to combine this fantastic children's Bible and Advent is an Advent Reading Schedule here, at Home With The Boys, a new blog I recently discovered!

So, now that I have shared one of our family's Advent traditions, what you and your family during Advent? Please share your ideas and links in the comments below!

Merry Christmas,

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