Advent Books

Patrons have asked me several times for Advent books, and since I have had trouble finding any to buy I was excited to see the new picture book by Päivi Stalder called The Advent Elf.

The Advent Elf

In the story, an elf falls out of a family’s wreath and needs help to get home so he can go back to his job of helping people prepare for Christmas.  The story doesn’t really have very much to do with Advent, but it might be a nice way to introduce children to one of its traditions (by which I mean the wreath– if you’re not familiar with Advent I should point out that elves are not traditional!).

We also received a new copy of the chapter book The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas.

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas

We already owned a copy of this book by Madeleine L’Engle.  Both are worth a look.  The new edition is small, bright, and colorful.  The older edition has bigger type and illustrations that make it good for someone around the age of Vicki Austin, the seven-year-old protagonist.  In the story, she tells what her family does to get ready for Christmas.  She is also busy practicing her role as an angel in the Christmas Pageant and praying that her mother will not be in the hospital for Christmas (due to a new baby).

Some older stories also share the theme of preparing for Christmas.  Other books in the library feature (or show you how to make) traditional items like an Advent wreath or Advent calendar:

Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross

Christmas: Count and Celebrate! by Fredrick McKissack

Christmas Fun by Deri Robins

The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Helen Berger

Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki

A Simply Wonderful Christmas: A Literary Advent Calendar illustrated by Silke Leffler

Swedish Toys, Dolls, and Gifts You Can Make Yourself by Ulf Löfgren

A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor book of Holidays by Tasha Tudor

The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark

-Miss Sarah

One response to “Advent Books

  1. Madeleine L’Engle’s Twenty-four days before Christmas is a wonderful family read. It’s on my December reading list and one that I am booktalking in the schools. Enjoy it as a family and make it a new tradition for the Advent season.

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