In November, I saw a Facebook post from a friend who is an emerging children book author. When I saw the picture of books wrapped for a Christmas advent calendar I fell in love. I thought I would save the idea for next year, when my son was old enough to enjoy opening presents (he is only 2 months old now). I shared the post to my Facebook wall and my grandmother, who we call Baba in Ukrainian tradition, saw it and fell in love too. At a lunch we discussed it and she loved the idea, and would want to make 3 of them to give to all of her grand kids, but she felt it was too late to go and find all the books in time for 2013 Christmas. Boy was she wrong ;) I told her with Amazon, we could find all the books, even vintage used ones, and have them shipped in a week or 2, just in time for December 1st.
We found Little Golden Books at Barnes & Noble, one of the last local brick-and-mortar book stores in our area, on sale as well as Amazon and Amazon Marketplace. Each book averaged around $4, the trick is to get multiple vintage books for 1 cent at one reseller at the Amazon Marketplace. We tried Friends of the Library stores and consignment sales but didn't find any Little Golden Books there, online is really your best bet. You can find collections and lots of them on eBay or Etsy, just be careful of the shipping costs.
Here is a Amazon Collection of Christmas Little Golden Books. You can pick the best ones that fit your child's interests, like Barbie, Thomas or Veggie Tales.
We decided to display and store the wrapped books in a box. You have to find a box that is about 1/2 inch wider and taller then the largest book to account for the wrapping. For Little Golden Books that is about 7x8x8 box. We found the perfect sized box at Container Store but you could also find similar shaped boxes at Hobby Lobby or even on Amazon. In the inside of the lid, Baba wrote a message to each grand child.
We decorate my son's nursery for Christmas, replacing all of the regular books on display with Christmas books. So instead of keeping the books in the box, we just use the box for storage and display the wrapped books on the picture ledges we use as front facing book cases. It looks festive and will help him learn numbers trying to hunt for the right numbered label.
Want to make it a multi-generational tradition?
If you have multiple children in a family, once they grow up, divide the books up and buy new ones to build book advent calendars for their future families while still passing down books and the tradition.
Find other ideas for Book Advent Calendars on Pinterest.
The Thank You Gift
beautiful hand made bracelet with little pictures of the covers of Christmas Little Golden Books. It was perfect! When I gave it to Baba she cried, so happy knowing she can wear the bracelet and think of her grand kids reading the books and enjoying the holiday season.