24 Classic Children’s books

With Christmas coming I prefer to countdown the days with something they will enjoy for years; 24 beautiful children's books!

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.


How it works

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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With Christmas coming I prefer to countdown the days with something they will enjoy for years; 24 beautiful children's books!


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By | 2017-02-03T21:45:41+00:00 November 24th, 2016|The Kids|


  1. Rob Taylor November 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    This is brilliant! We do a different Christmas ornament each day, but books are way more fun!

    • Christine Leger November 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Oh thank you! I’m hoping my kids will enjoying opening them as much as I enjoyed shopping for them

  2. Shann Eva December 1, 2016 at 2:14 am - Reply

    We started this tradition last year, and we love it! These are some really great books. We have most, but the rest will make a great addition.

    • Christine Leger December 1, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I’m glad you like it. We have each one of these, and I’m afraid to admit I know most of them off by heart at this point.

  3. Rajdev April 26, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for this great article, very useful.

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