Advent Storybook – 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas
Countdown to Christmas with our Advent Calendar of Children’s Books!
There are so many lovely Christmas books for children. We thought that we’d give you just a sample through our advent window, one for each day when the library is open. Each book will be displayed at the top of our Christmas tree bookstand on the appropriate day. Please feel free to borrow it, or one of the other lovely books around the tree.
Take a look at our Advent Story Books below.
Advent Story Book
24 stories to share before Christmas
And so to our first, aptly named Advent Storybook, which will give you 24 stories to share before Christmas. Count down the days with Benjamin Bear as he follow the journey of another little bear who is on his way to Bethlehem.
My First Oxford Book of Poems
It’s day 2 of our advent children’s book countdown! Today’s book is My first Oxford Book of Christmas poems.
One of our favourites, the A.A.Milne poem ‘The More it Snows’ is in this book:
The more it
SNOWS – tiddley-pom,
The more it
GOES – tiddley-pom,
The more it
GOES – tiddley-pom
There’s lots here to enjoy, as we count down the days…
A Christmas Carol
It’s day 3 of our advent children’s book countdown! Take a look at Today’s book, which is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Today’s advent book is one older children will enjoy. This Christmas ghost story is part of the Eyewitness Classics series, and it is an abridgement of Charles Dicken’s famous story with lots of interesting detail about Christmas in Scrooge’s Day.
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise
by Michael Bond
Paddington, famous star of stage and screen, takes his family to see Mr Claus. Who would have guessed that he finds out that Santa makes his own marmalade? Remember – you can take this book out from today, as well as others from a wide selection.
A Gift for the Christ Child
by Tina Jahnert
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Miriam, who wishes that she could do the kind of things her older brother Malachai can do. When her mother, an innkeeper, asks Miriam to show two guests to their stable, Miraim is able to feel big and tall and proud….
by Michael Morpurgo
Curl up by the fireside with an enchanting collection of Christmas stories from Britain’s best-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. Lose yourself in faraway lands and unexpected adventures with five festive tales from the man who gave us War Horse.
by Julia Rawinson
It’s Christmas Eve and Ferdie has had a terrible thought – what if Father Christmas can’t find the rabbits’ new burrow to deliver their presents?
Join Ferdie and his friends as they set about making Christmas perfect in this enchanting story.
12 Days of Christmas
Set in Africa, this beautiful version of the classic Christmas carol has a unique twist: colourful icons illustrate the various gifts repeated in each verse of the song, creating a rebus-style text that gives young children a fun way to follow along and chime in with the lyrics. The gorgeous, wonderfully detailed collage illustrations, comprised of colourful kente cloth and cut paper, feature tribal drummers and dancers, traditional clothing and African wildlife, making each scene as visually striking as the last.
Why I Love Christmas
This book features, in their own words, why children like Christmas. It is an ideal book for sharing with young children, with it’s beautiful and evocative illustrations.
Good King Wenceslas last looked out
On the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even . .
This is a beautiful telling of the age-old carol Good King Wenceslas and his page, who set out on a bitter winter night to deliver the spirit of Christmas. Christian Birmingham’s majestic images in rich, soft oil pastels are a perfect complement to this much-loved story.
One Snowy Night
by Nick Butterworth
Percy the park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food, and he must think of a way to help them find a warm place to sleep for the night. Percy’s hut is nice and warm, but he discovers that if you invite one animal in you’ll have to invite them all in. With Percy’s small hut—they are certainly going to be squashed!
The Christmas Show
by Rebecca Patterson
t’s Christmas and the children have been practising very hard for their nativity play. The narrators are word-perfect, the Important Angel has brushed her hair and the audience are in their seats. But when the curtain rises, no one’s expecting a spare shepherd to steal the show …
This is a very funny story – adults and children will love this!
One Winter’s Night
by Claire Freedman
One winter’s night, a badger arrives in the forest, cold and hungry. There is little food this harsh wintertime, but something special about the kind gentle badger moves Fox, Mouse and Hare. They each help as best they can, and Badger goes on his way. But the storms are getting worse and the animals start to worry.
This is a lovely story, telling of the importance of kindness to others, and friendship.
Father Christmas on the Naughty Step
by Mark Sperring
The naughty step is the place Sam has to sit when he has done something he knows he REALLY shouldn’t have. And Sam isn’t alone. Captain Buckleboots is sitting on the naughty step too and so is Father Christmas – uh-oh, oh no! What’s going to happen on Christmas Eve now?!