Picture Book Advent Calendar

Picture Book Advent Calendar

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some lovely tips for sharing a picture book advent with your family this holiday season.

We have a family tradition: each day of advent the little ones get a picture book.  It is the only advent calendar we have in our home, so no little lolly delights or small toys, simply a new picture book to open.  I know that this is extravagant, but it is where we choose to spend our money.  I am such a huge believer and lover of children’s literature, that I budget this in every year. Instead of buying them all at once, I buy the books gradually throughout the year.

The books are wrapped and gathered on the mantle in our lounge room. Each night of December, once the littles are bathed and in their pajamas, we select a new book to unwrap and gather on the lounge to share. In the past, my book collection has included fiction, non-fiction, picture books, chapter books, as well as a few audio books.  The variety makes it even more exciting.

If you are like me and you store Christmas books away from January to November, you can wrap them up and add few newly acquired titles to create your own book themed advent calendar.  Picture Book Advent Calendar

There are so many delightful titles on the market!

Here is my most recent list of our favorite holiday books.

And for added inspiration, here are a few of our favorite authors:

Here a some other delightful ideas for advent:

How do you count down to Christmas Day?


Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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    1. Thank you Danielle. This is our fourth year and I budget though out the year when I see titles on special. I often add them to my wishlist and purchase then when there is a price drop with book depository.Often I often even wrap them as i go! I am hoping Jack and the Flum Flum tree is one of the early books I wrapped because I am certain I purchased it earlier in the year and can not find it Let’s hope it appears for all of us to enjoy!

  1. Hi! Thanks for linking to my paper bag advent calendar. Love the idea of a picture book advent calendar! There are so many old and new Christmas, holiday and winter books out there to share with little ones.

  2. Thank you for this idea! I think I will wrap the Christmas books we already have since we only have them out once a year, but I will buy a few new ones as well. I love it.

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