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Christmas Advent

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The count down to Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, spending more time together, baking, crafting and enjoying the dark evenings (which by Jan we are all fed up of!) I have been doing this Christmas book advent for a couple of years now and have photographed it on my instagram account (@emilyhogarth). Lots of people were asking what books i have included so i thought i would write a list here for some inspiration if you fancy doing the same. So here is this years list in no particular order.(i have more books but some are for older children ‘Hans christian Anderson’ and ‘Enid Blyton’ for example).

  1. Well Loved Carols – A ladybird book
  2. Doing Christmas – Sarah Garland
  3. Dear Santa – Rod Campbell
  4. How the Grinch stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  5. How many sleeps till Christmas РMark Sperring & Sébastien Braun
  6. Maisie’s Merry Christmas – Aileen Paterson
  7. A Christmas Story – Brain Wildsmith
  8. Best Christmas book ever – Richard Scarry
  9. Alfie’s Christmas – Shirley Hughes
  10. Olivia helps with Christmas – Ian Falconer
  11. Christmas mice – Richard Scarry
  12. Mog’s Christmas – Judith Kerr
  13. Madeline’s Christmas – Ludwig Benelmans
  14. Petunia’s Christmas – Roger Duvoisin
  15. My Wonderful Christmas Tree – Dahlov Ipcar
  16. Snow – Walter de la Mare & Caroline Rabei
  17. Mrs. Pepperpot’s Christmas – Alf Proysen and Bjorn Berg
  18. The Jolly Christmas Postman – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  19. Walk this world at Christmas time – Debbie Powell
  20. Little Christmas Tree – Jessica Courtney-Tickle
  21. Walking in a winter wonderland – Tim Hopgood
  22. Winnie-the-pooh and the grande Christmas Surprise – pictures by Andrew Grey
  23. The Night before the Night before Christmas – Richard Scarry
  24. The Night before Christmas – Clement C. Moore illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

Some of these books are from my childhood , some are new ones i have found (this year i have bough the ‘little Christmas tree’ and ‘what a wonderful world’). I have collected them in charity shops when i see them and throughout the year. We open one book every night in the lead up to Christmas and read it to the kids for their bed time story. I use mainly the same books every year (with a couple of new additions sometimes) and the tradition of these stories is one of the lovely traditions of this time of year. I have wrapped them in simple brown parcel paper and used gift tags to create the numbers (i cut the numbers out of the gift tags). I managed to keep these tags from last year only missing the number 1 – which i might need to re-d0.¬† Anyway there you – that’s this years list, i hope some of you find some inspiration form it and start collection your own Christmas books to read to your children!

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