It’s the first Sunday in Advent today, and one of the ways we celebrate the countdown to Christmas each year is with a book Advent calendar. I have written a bit about bookish Advent calendars before (check out this post for more info if you’d like). We’ve tried a few different things as my daughter has grown, and my number one ‘rule’ is always to do what works for you. For a few years when she was little and we were reading picture books we tried doing a book each day or every second day, but in the end what we’ve found works best for us is to have four new books wrapped up and she unwraps one on each Sunday in Advent.
This year we’ve got a short story collection, a little treasury of Christmas kind of book, and two new picture books. I’m hoping this will give us a good balance of new things but also enough time to read them as well. I thought today I’d share the books we’ve got in case anyone is looking for some festive kids’ book inspo!
Titles in our Book Advent Calendar for kids in 2022
The Very Merry Murder Club edited by Serena Patel & Robin Stevens
Sleuthing through the snow, on a merry mysterious day, in disguise we go, investigating all the way . . .
This gorgeous Christmas hardback gift of a collection brings together thirteen of the bestselling, award-winning and exciting debut authors: Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, E.L. Norry, Elle McNicoll, Dominique Valente, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Roopa Farooki, Serena Patel and Sharna Jackson.
Join them as part of the Very Merry Murder Club as they lead you on a snow-covered wintery journey of Christmassy crimes, festive foul play and murderously magnificent mysteries!
A Little Book for Christmas
A collection of glad tidings and festive cheer.
This book looks at all aspects of what the festive period means for people all over the world, beginning with a history of Christmas that looks at Yule, Nativity and Christmas as well as pagan celebrations. Includes facts, quotes, jokes, sayings and words of wisdom and fun from around the world.
The Perfect Tree by Corrine Demas, illustrations by Penelope Dullaghan
Bunny is looking for the perfect Christmas tree. Her forest friends tell her that the perfect tree is one that is just her size, bushy as Squirrel’s tail, perfectly pointy on top for a star, the greenest green, and smells like Christmas. But sometimes the perfect tree is the one surrounded by friends.
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Alison Ritchie, illustrations by Marisa Morea
Join twelve mischievous moggies as they get ready for Christmas Day! A follow-up to the bestselling TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS, this is the most perfectly PURRfect Christmas gift for little people and cat lovers everywhere, who will love reading aloud the joyful rhyme and counting cute cats on each page.
Let me know in the comments what you think of our picks! And I’d love to know if you have a favourite book tradition, or a favourite festive book to read.