Books: Christmas chronicles, book advents & traditions

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Welcome to December’s books round-up, are you ready for Christmas? Are you an ‘organise everything in advance’ person like me, or an ‘up wrapping on Christmas Eve’ type of person?

Books always make it into my children’s Christmas present pile, they have a selection of fairytales, fact book and my son has the new David Walliams to look forward to on Christmas day. We also have a selection of Christmas books we keep back for reading in December.

If you’re looking for a bit of Christmas book inspiration, last year I wrote a post with 31 Christmas books every child should read, which was compiled with input from other bloggers and there are some fabulous festive books on there. Hodge Podge Days has also written about 25 Brilliant Children’s Christmas Books which is a great list that includes many Christmassy favourites.

Book Advents & Traditions

We don’t do a book advent, but I have thought about it several times as it’s such a lovely idea and children can never have too many books can they? The 12 days of Christmas don’t actually start until the 25th December and run until the 5th January, so if you wanted to do something a bit different with books, you could still do a book advent for the 12 days of Christmas with your children. Or just bookmark some of these posts to help you next year.

For some tips and inspiration on how to do a book advent have a read of Book Bairn’s post – Advent books 2018 – tips for a book advent calendar. I love her idea of actually borrowing the books from the library too and returning them after Christmas if you would like to do a book advent, but don’t have the budget.  

The Ladybird’s Adventures has also written a post on how to create a book advent. Claire has a lovely suggestion of wrapping the books in Christmas fabric which you reuse each day to save wastage on wrapping paper. 

Kate from Along Came Poppy shares her Christmas book traditions, one of these we love to do is have a Christmas Eve book, my children always get one in their Christmas Eve box and of course we have to read The Night Before Christmas before bed.

Festive Reads

There are so many fabulous Christmas books out there, particularly for children. Relentlessly Purple have reviewed One Snowy Night, a collection of children’s winter-warmer animal tales which looks really interesting and cosy. Hello Little Lovely has shared some of her favourite children’s festive reads that are going in her book advent this year – The Jolly Christmas Postman is definitely on our list! 

I absolutely love the look of My Mother is a Christmas Elf reviewed by The Mad House of Cats and Babies. I liked the look of it so much, I went to buy it and at the time of writing this, it’s currently free on Kindle if you want to give it a try yourself. 

If your children are a little older, then they might be interested in Flat Stanley’s Christmas Adventure which Over 40 and Mum to One has reviewed, which looks perfect for 6-8 year olds. I remember reading Flat Stanley books when I was younger and I definitely think my son would enjoy reading this.  

For Christmas books with a difference, Rainbows are too Beautiful has 4 inclusive and supportive kids books for Christmas. Which might have some inspiring choices for you if you have a child with autism. Ish Mother Bec has three Christian themed Christmas books…with a twist all three books deliver the Christmas story in a different way, but in a way that would also that still be applicable to non religious families.  

That’s it for me this month, I hope you found a new Christmas read and have a fantastic Christmas! If you would like to be included in next month’s round-up I would love to hear from you, you can tweet me @laurasummers or drop me an email

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About Laura Summers

Laura is a Mum of three, as well as a freelance writer and blogger at Laura’s Lovely Blog. A consummate bookworm, she thanks the Gods of invention for the eReaders because she can now hide just how many books she’s buying. A bit of a magpie, Laura has a bit of a handbag addiction and is lover of lovely things. She also writes about gratitude and positivity, as well as life as a Mum of three. You can find her on Twitter @laurasummers or Instagram @laura_summers.

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