Create your 2019 Advent Calendar for kids with a new book every day.
Give the gift of books to your favorite young readers this holiday season.
You’ve already read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, so add these independently published children’s book to your bookshelves this year.
Below are my recommendations to create an Advent Calendar for kids of children’s books for your kids to open every day of December.
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Budget-friendly options for book Advent calendars
I know that not everyone has the budget to purchase 24 books in a month, which is why I propose the following budget-friendly options:
Create an ebook Advent Calendar for Kids
- Sign up for Kindle Unlimited on Amazon US here
- Or purchase the Kindle version of each book at a discounted price from the physical books
- Kindle Unlimited is $9.99/mth and there is even a 30-day free trial if you’ve never tried it before
- Nearly all of the books below are also available on Kindle Unlimited
- To create an ebook Advent calendar for kids:
- download all of the ebooks beforehand to your Kindle-reading device and place the title of the book on a slip of paper in an envelope so your kids have something to open.
- Reading the ebooks are also a great way to see if your kids love the books before you invest in buying physical copies.
- The authors will still get a small royalty for your Kindle Unlimited read.
- Be sure to leave a review!
Blend old and new books into your Advent calendar for kids
- Select some of the books on the list below that interest you the most and wrap some existing books from your children’s bookshelves into your Advent calendar collection.
Borrow books from the library to supplement your Advent calendar
- If you can’t find the books below in your local library, then supplement them with another Christmas title. Your librarians will be happy to help you find a favorite.
Children’s book recommendations the 2019 Advent Calendar for kids 3-8 years
1—A Silly Milly Christmas by Sheri Wall
Is Milly naughty or nice? Does she get a glimpse of Santa Claus?
Available here: https://amzn.to/2Kvd5iS
2—The Mouse in the Hammock: a Christmas Tale by Bethany Brevard
A book that teaches children how Small Acts of Kindness can make a big impact.
Available here: https://amzn.to/33YOx9Q
3—Tomten Saves Christmas by Linda Liebrand
With just two more days till Christmas, will an invite for Christmas coffee be enough to melt Farm Tomten’s grumpy heart so Farm and Yule Tomte can save Christmas together?
Available here: https://amzn.to/2qmZHXa
4—When the Clock Strikes on Christmas Eve by Lisa Ferland
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and kids can’t wait for the fun of Christmas morning!
Available here: https://amzn.to/2OmUUwT
Shameless plug, I know 😉
5—Where Would Santa Go? by Julia Inserro
If you could travel the world, where would you go?
Available here: https://amzn.to/2rVTzWr
6—Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them?
Available here: https://amzn.to/2CYX3d8
7—My Teacher is an Elf by Joey and Melanie Acker
It’s that time of year again and Ms. Holly’s class thinks she might be an elf!
Available here: https://amzn.to/2Ok3cWq
8—Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer! by Diane Alber
A story about a little girl that wants a reindeer for her birthday!
Available here: https://amzn.to/2NWR3aO
9—Santa’s Story by Will Hillenbrand
Santa is ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but he can’t find the reindeer anywhere.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2KzoEWd
10—Zetta the Poinsettia by Alma Hammond
Zetta is excited about the holidays but before she knows it, its over. What will Zetta’s purpose be then?
Available here: https://amzn.to/2NZGTq5
11—Secret Santas and the Twelves Days of Christmas Giving by Courtney Petruzzelli
This heartfelt story has inspired a movement of anonymous giving across the nation.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2OpIvIC
12—Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!
Available here: https://amzn.to/2XqYdr6
13—Little Squirrel Squish Gets his Christmas Wish
Little Squirrel Squish wished all his life to be part of Santa’s flying crew but only reindeer were allowed.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2rXSY6G
14—The Elf Who Couldn’t Read by Sonica Ellis
Santa wants Jingles to help read the Christmas list, but Jingles doesn’t know how to read yet.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2rZXhOZ
15—Lulu and Lainey: 12 Days of Christmas
While baking holiday cookies, Lulu and Grand-mère amuse themselves by singing a clever rendition of the beloved Christmas carol using knitted items as the gifts.
Available here: https://amzn.to/343fiKm
16—The Magic Friendship of Snow by Andi Cann
Jojo looks around and everyone seems to have friends but her. She feels sad and lonely. How do you make a friend?
Available here: https://amzn.to/35biCD2
17—The Christmas Crocodile by Bonny Becker
When Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve, her family goes into an uproar!
Available here: https://amzn.to/32WKQA1
18—Mission Fat Hearts by Rebecca Yee
Are your kids ready to be secret agents? If they are, here is a Christmas mission the whole family will love!
Available here: https://amzn.to/2KDfh8e
19—Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray
Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2puQnjC
20—The Animals’ Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum
A sweet rhyming story in which a group of animals recounts the events surrounding Jesus’ birth in the manger, and the parts some of their ancestors played in it.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2XppF8I
21—The Amazing Snowman Duel by Yossi Lapid
There is a new snowman in town! Or is he a bully? This charming story will teach your little ones that bullies do not always win and force is not the only way to settle disputes.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2XrORvf
22—The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2OrDpvn
23—Dasher by Matt Tavares
Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2r8GCbe
24—The Night Baafore Christmas by Dawn Young
Bo just wants to fall asleep before Santa comes, but when the sheep he’s counting rebel and wreak havoc around the house, Christmas Eve starts to go baa-dly wrong.
Available here: https://amzn.to/2KAdn82