Inspire Your Child’s Love of Reading with an Advent Book Calendar
Colored lights, candy canes, Santa’s sleigh on the rooftop, and frosted window panes…
The magical holiday season is the perfect time to create lasting memories and nurture your little one’s—or not-so-little-one’s—warm feelings about and love of reading.
Seven month old Emma’s (pictured above) and 6 year old Aurora’s amazingly creative mom, Candace @ cknp0204, shared this great idea on Instagram recently.
Here’s how you can create a meaningful holiday tradition, foster your child’s sense of joy and anticipation through the season, AND inspire their love of stories with an Advent Book Calendar.
How to Create an Advent Book Calendar
Wrap 25 books, one for each day of Advent through the month of December, and display them under the Christmas tree.
Each day of the month, let your child choose one book out of the pile to unwrap and read with you.
You can add to the fun of this daily ritual by bringing out the cocoa or popping some popcorn and making it a family reading time.
Holiday themed books add to the excitement and provide the perfect opportunity to teach about your own family’s faith or traditions. Buying 25 new books in one sweep can get pricey, so feel free to wrap library books and just add a few of your own each year.
At the end of the season, put the books away or return them to the library.
When you wrap the same books for your Advent Book ritual the next year, your child will be surprised and delighted to discover these old friends that may feel new, yet familiar, all over again.
Special holiday books that reappear under the Christmas tree each year? That sounds pretty magical to me!