Last year I put together our first Holiday Christmas Book Countdown, sharing 24 days of holiday books like an advent calendar. We had so much fun discover new books and old favourites that I decided to create a new calendar highlighting new holiday book releases. Here is the 24 Days of Holiday Books 2014 to help you count down to Christmas.
|December 1||December 2|
|Ballet Kitty Christmas Recital
It’s a holiday dilemma when Ballet Kitty and her best friend want to perform the same Sugar Plum Fairy role in The Nutcracker, now in board book format for little hands to enjoy.
|The Christmas Quiet Book
Celebrating Christmas can be fun, loud and boisterous but as this book points out there are many quiet elements of the season worth enjoying too.
|December 3||December 4|
|Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
As a family takes a trip to a maple-sugaring farm they discover the many colours around them in the white winter season.
|Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Pop-Up
A holiday classic takes an interactive twist, recreating familiar scenes from the story and adding in a little movement.
|December 5||December 6|
|Why I Love Winter
Winter brings with it a special kind of magic that children love and this book shares some of their thoughts using their own words.
|A Very Marley Christmas
Marley can’t wait to celebrate his first Christmas with his family but his rambunctious nature turns things a little sideways. A fun story for your puppy lovers.
|December 7||December 8|
|Winter Moon Song
Based on a folktale on the rabbit in the moon and the joy one rabbit feels when realizing the feeling one gets from being part of a family.
|Winter Break Wipeout
Who doesn’t look forward to a winter vacation with all sorts of outdoor fun but of course getting ready for a trip can be a sport all its own.
|December 9||December 10|
|Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
Little Blue Truck has an important job this holiday, delivering Christmas trees. A fun counting concept book with a twinkling surprise at the end.
Celebrate the magic and wonder of the first snowfall with a playful baby polar bear and his watchful mom.
|December 11||December 12|
|The Snow Queen
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story about friendship, love an magic. Wonderfully illustrated with great interactive paper features.
Not everything is asleep as kids discover on this wonderful journey through nature with their grandmother. Plus you’ll learn how to make your own pinecone feeder.
|December 13||December 14|
|Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
When Santa gets sick he calls on Pete the Cat to save Christmas with his own groovy spin on things based on The Night Before Christmas.
|When, When, When Will It Be Christmas?
Sometimes the best part of Christmas is all the preparation illustrated in this story with colourful images and a fun rhyme.
|December 15||December 16|
|Why I Love Christmas
Christmas has a special place in a child’s heart and this book shares some of those moments in their own words with nice animal friend illustrations.
|Twas the Night Before Christmas on Sesame Street
Everyone on Sesame Street is excited for Santa’s visit except that Cookie Monster has eaten all of Santa’s cookies. Not to worry, Elmo and friends are ready to help.
|December 17||December 18|
|Frankenstein’s Fright Before Christmas
Halloween and Christmas collide as the little monsters led by Frankenstein help prepare the old creepy castle for Santa’s visit.
|Angel and Elf Snow Magic
Elf wants a white Christmas and Angel tries to help but a little snow turns into a lot of snow. Thanks to Santa’s magic everything turns out alright in this board book.
|December 19||December 20|
|Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise
A snow day means lots of winter fun for Splat the Cat and Seymour, from sledding to making a snowman. Kids will love the large lift-the-flaps to reveal fun surprises.
Tallulah can’t wait to perform in The Nutcracker but disaster strikes when she takes to the stage but her friends reassure her that she’s not alone. A wonderful story for all year long.
|December 21||December 22|
With the exception of the first page, this wordless picture book shares a heart warming story through pictures. A great holiday story for beginner readers to share.
|Christmas Treasure Hunt
Designed for younger Christmas fans this board book will invite readers to find treasures throughout the Christmas themed pages.
|December 23||December 24|
|A Simple Case of Angels
Nichola, Lindsay, and dog June offer to help out at the local Shady Oak nursing home to try and make-up for some not-so-Christmas behaviour but all isn’t what it seems at the home.
|Dashing Through the Snow. A Canadian Jingle Bells
With the Northern Lights and muskox, you’ll find yourself singing along to this Canadian version of the familiar Jingle Bells rhyme.
Of course if you love traditional advent calendars take a look at our list of 51 Advent Calendar Craft Ideas. Do you have a holiday book library at home? I love adding to our collection every year. What are some of your favourite books to share as a family during the Christmas season?