Books for Kids: Advent/Holiday

Advent/Holiday Books for Kids

Can I just start out by saying:
It thrills my little Type A, structured heart
that advent begins on December 1st this year.

Beginning when MyChild was two-years-old, we started a family tradition of Advent Books counting down until Christmas Eve. During the first two years, I actually wrapped each of the books. The third year, I didn’t have the time, nor the motivation to wrap all of those books. AND I couldn’t get past the thought of truly wasting that much wrapping paper.

So, I changed it up a bit.

I no longer decide which books we will read on which night(as I had when I wrapped them) and as an added component, I created a puzzle that would be completed the night we finished all 24 books (a.k.a. Christmas Eve).

This easy step involves a google image, a printable magnet sheet (cut into 24 pieces), and some washi tape.

Here are a couple of images we’ve used in the past:

Each night, she chooses a book, removes the (face down)puzzle piece, adds it to the fridge, and we read the book as a family. I’m the only one who knows what the finished picture will be.

It’s a family tradition that even MyHusband and I enjoy and look forward to.

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Advent Books

William's Winter Nap Book Cover

William’s Winter Nap
Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Chuck Groenick

ABC Hanukkah Hunt Book Cover

ABC Hanukkah Hunt
Author: Tilda Balsley
Illustrator:Helen Poole

Pig the Elf Book Cover

Pig the Elf
Author: Aaron Blabey

A Bad Kitty Christmas Book Cover

A Bad Kitty Christmas
Author: Nick Bruel
Will she ever learn?

Captain Bling's Christmas Plunder Book Cover

Captain Bling’s Christmas Plunder
Author: Rebecca Colby
Illustrator:Rob McClurkan

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Book Cover

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
What is that sneaky duck up to this time?!?!

The Knights Before Christmas Book Cover

The Knights before Christmas
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Some valiant, but confused, knights almost ruin their own Christmas!

The Nutcracker Book Cover

The Nutcracker
Author: Susan Jeffers

Simon and the Bear Book Cover

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrator:  Matthew Trueman

The Gingerbread Pirates Book Cover

The Gingerbread Pirates
Author: Kristen Kladstrup
Illustrator: Matt Tavares

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Cover

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Hilary Knight
The illustrations are what make this book!

Elf in the House Book Cover

Elf in the House
Author: Ammi-Joan Paquette
Illustrator: Adam Record

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Book Cover

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Author: Johannah Gilman Pavia
Illustrator: Asha Pearse

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas Book Cover

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrator:Jake Parker

Little Blue Truck's Christmas

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
Author: Alice Schertle
Illustrator:Jill McElmurry
Our favorite little truck has a wonderful surprise at the end of this book!

The Spirit of Christmas Book Cover

The Spirit of Christmas
Author: Nancy Tillman
Carols entwined in a story that gets to the heart of the season.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas Book Cover

Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Author: Karma Wilson
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Such a sweet story about how friends can be your family.

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas Book Cover

A Pirates Night Before Christmas
Author: Philip Yates
Illustrator:  Sebastia Serra
Get your talk-like-a-pirate voice ready – this one is SO fun to read aloud. 

How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Book Cover

How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague

A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas Book Cover

A Unicorn Named Sparkle’s First Christmas
Author: Amy Young

The four books that I do guide her to choose on certain nights are:

The Night Before Hanukkah Book Cover

The Night Before Hanukkah
Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator:Amy Wummer

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah Book Cover

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
Author: Susan L. Roth

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Book Cover

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator:Mike Lester
A very fun twist on a classic story that resonates too well with this busy mom.

The Night Before Christmas Book Cover

The Night Before Christmas
Author: Clement C. Moore
And we end with a classic.

Some of the other books we used when MyChild was younger included:

Duck and Goose: It's Time for Christmas Book Cover

Duck and Goose: It’s Time for Christmas
Author: Tad Hills

Room for a Little One Book Cover

Room for a Little One
Author: Martin Waddell

Merry Christmas, Mouse! Book Cover

Merry Christmas, Mouse!
Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond

Merry Christmas, Ollie! Book Cover

Merry Christmas, Ollie!
Author: Olivier Dunrea


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What’s In My Bag

I always love those behind the scene posts about how someone sets up their workflow, what their daily routine looks like, what’s one their phone, etc.

It’s been a long time, but I thought it would be fun to do another post on

What’s in my Bag

This is the purse/bag I carry daily:

My pattern is discontinued, but I love this bag so much. I’m thinking about getting another one. It is originally designed as a workout/gym bag – you can fit your yoga mat through specially designed compartments – but it works SO well for an every day bag. I use the shoulder straps, but also wear it as a backpack, regularly.

When going to work I always have a bottle for water (this bottle is 33.8 oz – too obnoxious to carry regularly, but perfect for keeping at my desk) and one filled with my cold brew coffee.

  1. American Girl coupon passport book
  2. Great American Cookies coupons
  3. Keys – vehicle, house, etc.
  4. Wallet (similar) – I’ve had it for years and it’s starting to fall apart. Time to go shopping!
  5. Lego Harry Potter World blind bags – specifically I have Ron, Draco, and Newt (with Niffler) at the moment
  6. Chopsticks for MyChild (the joining part is in Pouch B [below])
  7. Battery back up – MyHusband decided I need this. He was right. My Samsung Galaxy 8s Plus uses up only a quarter of a fully charged pack to get from 3% to 100%. MyChild’s Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet uses ½ of a fully charged pack. Worth it!
  8. Necessary cord for charger to tablet. Has since been replace with this AMAZING tool.
  9. Blank notebook for whatever
  10. File folder (similar). Apparently, I was moving papers at this time.
  11. Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter – yep, it came out of a Starbucks Egg and Cheese Protein box
  12. 10 Fat Turkeys – on its own this is a hilarious book. Why it was in my bag? Your guess is as good as mine. #momlife
  13. Workout headphones – Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
  14. HP Spectre Laptop – I love this thing. It’s so narrow, is a touch screen, and can be used as a tablet. #pc4life
  15. Birthday party invite for a classmate of MyChild
  16. Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss in 08 Tenderheart (large) and 03 Sorbet Pop (small)
  17. Children’s Benadryl – because even this dosage makes me sleepy
  18. Usborne Books Fingerprint People
  19. Advil Cold and Sinus (you have to get this from the pharmacist) – the only thing that works when I have a cold. #pseudophedrineforlife #NOphenylphedrine
  20. My Bullet Journal – Leuchtturm 1917 in ice blue
  21. Sunglasses – DIFF Cruz Gold + Pink Mirror Lens
  22. Keys to MyHusband’s car
  23. Back up sunglasses from Disney World – SO scratched and crappy, but they’ll do in a pinch
  24. Random hair-ties
  25. Extra necklace – most likely one that I didn’t like half-way through the day
  26. Boogie Wipes – lifesavers!!! at any age. Big perk – they don’t leave any residue
  27. Children’s Museum of Houston Swiss Army Binoculars
  28. Tiny rubix cube MyChild got in a birthday party grab/thank you bag
  29. Travel pack of Kleenex
  30. MyChild’s necklace – it’s a cat face. She wanted a book from the bookfair just to get this necklace.
  31. Lemon Juice packets – you never know when you might need lemon in your tea
  32. Doesn’t everyone have random beads?
  33. Stylus for MyChild’s tablet
  34. Tablet case
Pouch A, inside my Lily Bag
  1. Headphones – came with my Galaxy S8+. They are my favorite headphones ever.
  2. Blue Light Blocking Glasses – These help protect your eyes, prevent eye strain, and really work. This pair is SUPER lightweight – I often forget I’m wearing them.
  3. Washi Tape – Copper and Forrest Animals (old from Target)
  4. Prismacolor makers – I buy these open stock at Hobby Lobby or our local art supply store
  5. Clear Travel Pouch
  6. Hair tie – they are everywhere
  7. Post It flags
  8. Paper clip
  9. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
  10. Faber Castel Pitt Pens – S and B
  11. Exacto Knife
  12. USB flash drive
  13. Tombow Dual Brush Markers – Bright set plus extras
  14. Logitech Mouse
  15. Stylus for HP Spectre laptop
  16. Mechanical Pencils – Black and Purple
Pouch B, inside my Lily Bag
  1. Nivea Chapstick
  2. Ibuprofen
  3. Bobby Pins
  4. Paper Clip
  5. Trim Nail Clippers
  6. Box cutter
  7. Bandaids #momlife #type6vibes
  8. Measuring Tape
  9. Back up USB flash drives – I do not like these, they are just ones I have on hand
  10. Small pouch
  11. Hair ties – they are EVERYWHERE
  12. Chop stick connectors
  13. Salt and pepper – took these from a flight we were on last year.
  14. Card Reader – SD, micro SD, USB, USB C, and Lightning connections

What’s the most unique thing you carry around in your bag?


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