We’ve done a book advent with Peapod both last year and the year before, for his first Christmas, but this year is the first year he’s really been aware of what’s happening and excited about it.
It’s lovely to see him all eager to open his “advent bag” each night, and of course to see him loving the stories that are inside!
I’ll be posting each week with the Christmas stories that we’ve found hiding inside!
Day 1 –
I had to cheat here and pop two in! Countdown to Christmas by Adam and Charlotte Guillan, illustrated by Pippa Curnick was always going to be the first book in the bag…until Peapod came home from nursery asking for Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allen which I knew we didn’t have as I’d foolishly given our copy to nursery last year because I’m not a fan but knew they’d enjoy it…didn’t think about Peapod seeing it there then wanting it though! So I ordered a new copy and that went in the day one bag too!
Peapod was very pleased to have his own copy of Father Christmas Needs a Wee again and has decided we’ll tell Father Christmas he can have a wee at our house on Christmas eve if he needs one.
I’m mostly enjoying his retelling of the end which sees FC dash home to relieve himself, ending WITH the line “merry Christmas we hear him roar” which becomes “open door…run upstairs…shut door…ROOOAAAR!!”
I’m really pleased though that Countdown to Christmas has become a firm favourite that we’ve been reading every night. Peapod loves to pretend to be Mouse poorly in bed – “I’m poorly…stay in bed” – and seeing her get the star for the tree at the end, as well as opening all the advent calendar doors at the end of course!
Day 2 –
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr We love Mog in our house, so this was always a safe bet. Peapod thinks the “tree walking” is hilarious and tells everyone all about it (the women in the green grocers were rather bemused!) This is another that we re-read most nights.
Day 3 –
Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley. This was one of my favourites from last year and we all enjoyed it again this year – Peapod especially likes all the birds and animals in it.
Day 4 –
I didn’t manage to get any pics of him this eve, but he was thrilled to find Winnie in his advent bag and we had to go and get his other Winnie and Wilbur stories to read with it too!
It’s also had us singing “When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney” all week!
Day 5 –
How to Hide a Lion at Christmas by Helen Stephens. This has probably proved Peapod’s favourite so far. He’s straight up and into his playroom each morning to set it up and act it out with all his toys! He especially likes the part where the lion joins the carol singers round the tree – “shalalala!” but retells pretty much the whole story with relish!
Day 6 –
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise by Michael Bond. Paddington is another favourite of ours, so we knew this one would go down well too. We read it about three times in a row yesterday and he loves the part where they lose Paddington who has gone off to repair the lighthouse in the department store’s Winter Wonderland, so our trip round tesco yesterday mostly involved me ‘losing’ him and him then ‘reappearing’ having fixed some lights!
Day 7 –
Ten Little Elves by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickety I really rate this series for young children – rhyme, counting, bright colours, bold images, action, humour… – and thought he’d be all over this too. He did enjoy it, but it didn’t grab him the way the longer, more traditional style stories have.
And that’s it ’til next week!
Are you doing a book advent?
Have you read any of these Christmas books, or got any favourites to recommend we include?