Unwrap a different book each day
With Christmas coming and the advent just around the corner, parents are running to the stores to find chocolate filled advent calendars to stuff their children with each morning. Over the past few years, I have witnessed a growing trend away from chocolate and towards something unique and tailored to each child. Some have calendars with favors or IOU’s like more TV time, or special dinner. Others have calendars with little toys behind each door, such as Lego. Myself, I prefer something a little less “child centered” and more “whole family centered” while still being about the child. Why not offer something the whole family will enjoy; 24 beautiful children’s books they will enjoy for years.
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Over the course of 24 days, ending on Christmas eve, why not have a different book each night to unwrap – this months centre piece. These do not need to be Christmas themed, because I do not need 24 more of those each year. They just need to be something they will enjoy for more than 5 minutes.
I have each and everyone of these books in my children’s bookshelves and they just can’t get enough of them. Many of these authors have a series of books, so don’t stop at just the one.
Never heard of some of these? Don’t worry. Most of them are Canadian or British authors; my toddler group has never heard of them either. I have discovered that most Canadian authors never get the recognition they deserve outside of Canada, with most book stores being filled with American books. Also, most of these are older than I am so they have been passed down to my children from the wonderful choices my parents made at the book store all those years ago – Thanks Mom!
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