How To Put Together An Awesome Children’s Book Advent Calendar

collage of books wrapped in gift wrap with text overlay: Putting Together A Children's Book Advent CalendarI wanted to do something awesome for the little guy for Advent this year, so I decided to put together a children’s book Advent calendar. I thought it’d be a fun way to celebrate the season and encourage a love of books at the same time.

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The industrial-style wire basket was of course borrowed from the studio. I wrapped some books in kraft paper and others in blue and added  either twine or chipboard numbers to a few of them as well.

metal basket filled with children's books wrapped in gift wrap
I put together a list of books that I wanted to include. Some packages even include a few. The overwhelming majority of these are not Christmas books. They’re books that I’ve been wanting to add to the little guy’s library and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.

Here’s a list of what’s in each of the 25 packages that are part of our Advent calendar this year.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas

National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas

Everything a Child Should Know About God

How Things Work

Peek Inside Animal Homes

Iggy Peck, Architect / Ada Twist, Scientist / Rosie Revere, Engineer

Going Places

Thank You, God, For Loving Me / Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Our Tree Named Steve

Pantone: Colors

Orion and the Dark

Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC’s to Help You Grow

The Crayons’ Book of Colors / The Crayons’ Book of Numbers

R Is for Railway: An Industrial Revolution Alphabet / C Is for Castle: A Medieval Alphabet

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Book with No Pictures

What Do You Do With a Problem? / What Do You Do With an Idea?

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Feelings / Manners

You Read to Me & I’ll Read to You: Stories to Share from the 20th Century

A Street Through Time / A City Through Time

Big Book of Colours

What Makes it Rain? / How Do Flowers Grow?

Gotta Have God for Little Ones: My First Devotional for Toddler Boys Ages 2-3

Look Inside Our World

I really wanted to put together a nice mix of books that he’d enjoy now and ones that would grow with him as well as best-selling fiction and of course reference books too.

I was practically bursting at the seams as I wrapped each one of these awesome books last night and I can’t wait to start reading them with the little guy.

stack of books wrapped in gift wrap
You definitely don’t have to go out and buy 25-30 books at one time to put together something like this. I’ve been grabbing a few at a time all year.

When I placed orders on Amazon, I added a book or two. If we went to the bookstore and I found something I wanted on sale, I bought it. And when we got Scholastic each month, I picked a few extra to save just for this.

Putting together our children’s book Advent calendar has been an ongoing project for months now and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

children's book Advent calendar made by wrapping books in gift wrap
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One Comment

  1. I’ve always loved this idea! I’ve really only seen it done with all Christmas-themed books, but I never did it because we don’t have that many. My kids would definitely love it with regular books, too. Thanks for the idea!

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