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24 Stories for a Christmas Book Advent Calendar

I might be biased but I think a story book advent calendar might be one of the nicest things you can give your kids. Your kids get all excited about Christmas, you get to have some time snuggling together reading Christmas stories and making memories and you have the start of a new Christmas tradition that you could do year after year. Today I’m sharing 24 ideas for books that you could include, with some classic children’s Christmas books and some new favourites to find.

Christmas Book Advent Calendar Ideas

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Just so you’re aware, this is an old post but I’ve updated it and shared it again as it’s always so popular, having stories to read with the kids everyday is such a great tradition to build into your Christmas and a great way to get that magical feeling! We haven’t read all of these books, but we have read a lot of them and if we haven’t read them yet that’s because a lot of them are ones we have on order for this year or ones I know my kids will adore (Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps might get read all year round at ours?!) I’ve previously ordered some Christmas books from our local library but I also don’t mind buying a few new books each year as we do get a lot of use out of them – I think we read The Jolly Christmas Postman almost every week for a while this year because my daughter loves the letters and games in it so much!

Christmas books are also a great idea if you make a Christmas Eve box – just add some hot chocolate, pyjamas and a Christmas film ( we loved The Polar Express) and you’re good to go with that extra bit of Christmas magic.

As you can see, what we read can vary a lot round here, I’m always determined to read The Night Before Christmas but my children tend to be rather keen on anything that sounds a bit rude! Got a Christmas book you love that I’ve missed? Do share it in the comments below! Want to make sure you don’t forget this post? I know that in the run up to Christmas I’ve got about three zillion things I have to remember at any given point so make sure you don’t forget this post by bookmarking it or pinning the image below.

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1 Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

2. Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Christmas Wish by Ian Whybrow

3. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore

4. Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan

5. Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom: Christmas at the North Pole

6. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

7. Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman

8. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

9. Peppa’s Christmas Wish

10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

11. The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis

12. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

13. Little Reindeer Finger Puppet Book

14. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

15. That’s Not My Snowman by Fiona Watt

16. Santa Flap Book by Sam Taplin

17. My Very First Nativity Play by Lois Rock

18. The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow

19. Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

20. Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee

21. Usborne Very First Words Christmas

22. I Love You Father Christmas by Giles Andreae

23. Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

24. Topsy and Tim Meet Father Christmas by Jean Adamson

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  1. 12th November 2015 / 10:55 pm

    My children get a new Christmas book each Christmas Eve and this year it is the dinosaur that pooped Christmas and we got Father Christmas needs a wee last year.

    There are several books I don’t recognise here so I’m going to pin your post and hopefully I’ll remember to look back at this next year.

    • 13th November 2015 / 1:17 pm

      My kids loved that!! I try and convince them to read The Night Before Christmas but in all honestly they WAY prefer anything that’s toilet related ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Anne Wallwin
    13th November 2015 / 4:22 pm

    We love Xmas books! I put them away each year and get them out 1 dec to start getting in the xmas spirit!

  3. 7th November 2017 / 11:25 am

    This is such a lovely idea! I had some of these books as a child which I used to love. Definitely stealing this idea for the younger ones in my family!

  4. 7th November 2017 / 11:59 am

    I love this idea, itโ€™s so important to get children into reading young and instill the love for it early

  5. 7th November 2017 / 7:41 pm

    Lovely ideas! We did a book advent last year but they were just regular books, I like the idea of using Christmas books to get into the spirit!

    • 8th November 2017 / 9:53 am

      Yes – makes it much more festive!

  6. 7th November 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these! I am putting together a book advent for my 2 little ones this year for the very first time and will definitely be including some of these!

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