Children's Book Advent 2020

Friday, 20 November 2020

I wanted to get this post up earlier on in the month but it's taken me longer than expected to finish buying all the books for this book advent and I wanted to give a break down of all the books I bought. As a bit of a background, I'm buying these books for my three year old daughter and it's the first year I've done it as I feel like she can now fully grasp the story and will actually sit still long enough to listen to the story!

My parent's used to do a book advent for me every year and I LOVED it so much that I want to carry on that tradition, and it helps that my daughter is a little bookworm and loves a good picture book. She's at the age in which she likes bright illustrations and a story that isn't overly long (plus I love a beautifully illustrated picture book and children's book illustrators definitely do not get enough recognition). You'll probably notice that there's a lot of Julia Donaldson books in this book advent, and that's because I took full advantage of Asda & Tesco's 2 for £7 offer, which did work out rather pricey when you add it all up, but I just feel like my daughter is missing a lot of classics, and growing up, Julia Donaldson was a staple on my bookshelf. I've also tried to include a mix of Christmas and non-Christmas books as I didn't want to spend so much money on books that would only get read throughout one month of the year, so I've included a mixture of seasonally appropriate books and books that can be read at anytime.

I've included a book for Christmas day too, which I don't feel like many people do, but that's what my parents did for me and I loved jumping in bed with a brand new book to open on Christmas night after all the shananigans for the day. If you wanted to cut costs, The Works do book bundles of 10 books for £10 which will make putting together a book advent both easier and cheaper!

The books I got, and in oder of dates are:

1st: The Very Snowy Christmas by Diana Hendry

2nd: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

3rd: Ollie's Christmas Reindeer by Nicola Killen

4th: Mr Large in Charge by Jill Murphy

5th: Elmer in the Snow by David Mckee

6th: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

7th: When will it Snow by Kathryn White & Alison Edgson

8th: Big Bear, Little Bear by David Bedford & Jane Chapman

9th: The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

10th: The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson

11th: A Long Way from Home by Elizabeth Baguley & Jane Chapman

12th: Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

13th: Max Meets a Monster by Tracey Hawkins

14th: Santa to the Rescue by Barry Timms & AG Jatkowska

15th: A Quiet Night In by Jill Murphy

16th: The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson

17th: A Squash & a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

18. The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

19th: Rosie's Hat by Julia Donaldson

20th: Sweep by Louise Greig

21st: The Smeds & the Smoos by Julia Donaldson

22nd: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

23rd: Zog by Julia Donaldson

24th: Zog & the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson

25th: We're Going on an Elf Hunt by Martha Mumford

Do you do a book advent for your children(s). I'd love to see what books other people have picked up for their little one's this Christmas!

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