DIY Book Advent Calendar

DIY Book advent calendar

Peekaboo! I’ve been a little bit MIA lately as I tie up loose ends on a big (booooor-ing) freelance project. I’m hoping to finish it up and clean my plate of it before Thanksgiving so that I can focus on fun projects and the holidays.

I’ll have at least one more post for you before the week is out to highlight some of my favorite money saving shopping tricks, but until then I wanted to tell you about a guest post I did for Allison at A Glimpse Inside on our little family’s DIY book advent calendar tradition.

If you read my blog at all, you know that I’m a word nerd. I like words. I like books. I like making sure my kids read lots of books. It made perfect sense for us to turn our “calendar” into a basket overflowing with books.

DIY Book advent calendar

Head on over to A Glimpse Inside to read about how I do it (and get a couple of tricks I’ve learned about it along the way).

If you’re interested in the books that are in our basket this year, I’ve included links to them all below (just so you know, these are affiliate links which means I may get a small commission if you purchase any of them).

The Night Before Christmas
The Biggest Snowball Ever
books for your advent calendarUncles and Antlers
The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly
Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper
Huggly’s Snow Day
The Polar Express
Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation
When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho!
Bear Noel
Arthur’s Christmas
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
Holly Claus the Christmas Princess
The Holiday Handwriting School
Christmas Kitten
One Snowy Night
Barbie in the Nutcracker
The Forgetful Bears Help Santa
Eight Wild Nights (note: this is a Hanukkah book)
Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Merry Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I do my best to try and keep character books out, but a few inevitably make their way in (like Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake) because the girls love them so much. I can stomach a couple of nights of horrible if it makes those little ladies happy. 😉

Also, before the trolls come out and start going off on this being a ridiculous and/or expensive idea, I would like to say that it is not. I had many of these books on hand to begin with. Others, I picked up from sales at our local library and from secondhand stores. And some of them cost as little as a penny on Amazon!

As for the ones that do cost a little more, I’m more than willing to shell out a little money when it comes to books. Plus, we reuse these books year after year (with new ones finding their way in once and a while if we find something that strikes our fancy) and it’s a tradition that we really look forward to.

So, how about you? What is your favorite holiday tradition? And are there any children’s books that you have to read this time of year?

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  1. Hi Jennifer! I’ve found your blog on the SITSGirls facebook challenge. I love this idea of making books into gifts for an advent calender -what a great thought! And it needn’t be expensive because presumably one could always use second-hand books if they were clean and in excellent condition…What makes me sad(dish) about reading your posts is that it sounds such fun with little children & mine have grown up!

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