Skip to main content

Book Advent Calendar

We started a new tradition this year and counted down the days until Christmas by unwrapping a book each night. Some are brand-new, some are well-loved, and many I found for sale for $1 at the Holliston Public Library. Making holiday memories is simple with the adage: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to READ!

Since we don't celebrate with a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve or opening a mountain of gifts on Christmas morning, this was a simple way to incorporate the joy of gift giving and receiving in our holiday season. It was like an advent calendar--each evening after bath and pjs, I placed a wrapped book for each child under the tree and they got to open them and sit with me and read them before bed. 

Maya, Mateo, and Sofia eagerly opened their new or new-to-them books, and this special holiday tradition is something I plan to do in years to come. Next year, I'll use this same Christmas library, and slowly reveal a beloved book each night. It won't matter that they are not brand new, the excitement is in the opening of the gift, and the memory of Christmas snuggles as we sit and read them together. I'm excited to continue this tradition as long as the little ones remain interested in picture books (because chapter books don't hold quite the same appeal to be read year after year.)

Did you start any new traditions this year? 
What’s one holiday tradition that you enjoy doing with your family?









If you're interested in building your book library, let me help! Imagine celebrating the holiday season early this year with a countdown for the 12 days of Christmas. Cozy up with a new book each night. Usborne Books & More are perfect for celebrating the 12 days of Christmas countdown, and hosting a party of your own is a great way to get them for FREE and half-priced!


Here's a list of book suggestions by age-range that you might consider adding to your holiday collection this year! Find them all here: Usborne Books & More 

Ages 0-4

Christmas Book Pack - 4 books $3.75 each

Little Coloring Book Under the Sea - $4.99

Little Children’s Coloring Book - $5.99

Old MacDonald Had a Farm - $4.99

Stained Glass Dinosaurs - $5.99

Dogs Dogs - $5.99

How to Collection - $7.50 each

First Sticker Book Christmas - $5.99

Little Wipe Clean Things that Go - $6.99

Ages 5-8

Word Puzzles & Games - $4.99

Sports Jokes - $4.99

Animal Jokes - $4.99

Read with Usborne - $3.99 each

Be Positive - $6.99

Dangerous Animals Beginner Reader - $4.99

Animal Trivia questions - $4.99

Phonics Reader - $6.99

Missing Ace - $5.99

Ages 9+

Baseball All Stars - $4.99

Football All Stars - $4.99

Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong - $5.99

Planet Earth Crosswords - $4.99

Wild Survival Activity book - $4.99

Secret Codes - $5.99

Stay Strong - $6.99

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Why my Children Won't Believe in Santa Claus

Tonight all across the world, children are waiting for Santa with bated breath. They've made lists of wants and perhaps written letters addressed to the North Pole, baked cookies, set out milk, and dream of sugar plums dancing in their heads. But not my children. Well, maybe the dreaming of sugar plums part, but definitely not the white beard, chubby and plump right jolly old elf part. Even before my two biological children were born, my husband and I made the decision to not deceive them with the narrative of Santa, and in fact, not give them any gifts at all on Christmas. Intrigued? Infuriated? Here's why... My husband is from Guatemala and was raised Jehovah Witness , and one of the tenants of that faith is a strict adherence to not celebrating anything here on earth. This includes not celebrating Christmas or birthdays , and not giving gifts to commemorate these days. While he isn't a practicing Witness right now (instead we attend Celebration International Church

Why My Daughter Won't Be Attending Preschool

There's no doubt that the first five years of a child's life are formative and indicative of later success throughout their lives. As an educator, I know preschool can play an important part in the cognitive and social development of toddlers. However, in this unprecedented time of pandemic life, social distancing and remote learning, sending your child to preschool is a personal decision that varies by family. And our family has decided not to send our daughter to preschool.  The research on the benefits of preschool is irrefutable, and there have been incentives for families to enroll their children in preschool since the 1960's and 1970's. Many BIPOC families have actually been targeted and encouraged to send their children to preschool, with HeadStart and other free programs available. According to a DOE report , access to high-quality preprimary education can be the key that unlocks education equality across races, geography and income.  With all of my experience a

Apple Picking without Discrimination

In New England, apple picking is the quintessential fall fun activity. I actually didn't know going to an orchard to pick your own apples was a pastime until I moved to Boston, but after I went with my youth group during my freshman year of college I was hooked, and I've been apple picking with friends or family every fall since. I have beautiful memories of walking up and down rows of apple-laden (or sometimes picked bare!) trees, trying to climb to the top and always searching for the shiniest, juiciest apples. Even one of Francisco and my first dates was apple picking.  In my 15 years of residency on the East Coast, I've visited a variety of apple orchards in New England nearly every autumn and a few years ago, I thought I had finally found the perfect place. Tougas Family Farm had everything you wanted for your perfect fall afternoon--apple and pumpkin picking, fresh apple cider and donuts, kettle corn, a petting farm, a hayride, and a playground for the kids. But it al