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Christmas Reading Advent Calendar Cards_ My Little Bookcase

Usually we go to a great deal of effort to prepare our Advent Calendar each year. Sadly, we’ve been so incredibly busy this term that December has crept up on us.

As books have always played an important role in our countdown to Christmas (check out our past calendars here), Cammy was literally begging me to unpack our Christmas books last night.  I realised then that we had run out of time to wrap our Christmas books for this year.  So under immense pressure to pull something together in a day, I decided to combine our love of Christmas books and scavenger hunts to create our Christmas Reading Advent Calendar for 2016.

I’ve created a collection of 24 Christmas book scavenger hunt prompts, each encouraging children to search their collection of Christmas books to find books with particular themes, characters, settings, messages or features.

Christmas Reading Advent Calendar Cards Image_My Little Bookcase

How to use the cards:

a) Simply print and cut the cards; Place them in a box, jar or basket; Then randomly select a card each day of Advent to help you choose which book to read each day in the lead-up to Christmas.


b) Print and cut the cards; Place each card inside a numbered envelope (ranging from 1-24); Attach and display the envelopes along a piece of string; Then open the relevant envelope each day to reveal a card and book prompt for each day of Advent (you could pop a little treat inside each envelope too, but it’s not necessary).

Below is a ‘work in progress’ image of our Christmas Reading Advent Calendar, which we’ve begun to set up above our fireplace this year.

Book Advent Calendar Fireplace Display_My Little Bookcase


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Australia Story Country Bookmarks_Book Week 2016_ My Litte Bookcase

I received a beautiful piece of book jewellery from Cammy this Mother’s Day. It’s the first bookmark I’ve ever truly used properly (I usually ditch them for dog-earring pages- oops!).

Book Jewellery_My Little Bookcase

I spotted this book and bookmark beside me as I was brainstorming ideas for Book Week 2016, with this year’s theme being Australia! Story Country. With a little twist, I thought we could easily create a kid-friendly version and use the charms to give it an Australian flavour- perfect for the 2016 Book Week theme.

The result- Australia! Story Country-themed Bookmarks- I’m sure you’ll agree are absolutely stunning, and a fantastic Book Week activity for classrooms or home in 2016.

What you need:

  • Cross-stitching thread (or wool) in Indigenous colours (black, red and yellow), Aussie Olympic colours (green and gold) or Australian flag colours (red, blue and white)
  • Scissors
  • Australia-themed charms (we found goannas, thongs, shells and dolphins at Lincraft)

Australia Story Country Bookmark Supplies_ My Little Bookcase

How to make Australia! Story Country-themed Bookmarks

1. Cut your thread (or wool) into 40cm lengths.

2. Line the various coloured threads alongside each other and secure them together with a knot.

3. Sticky tape the end of the threads to a table or ask a friend to hold the end of the threads.

Australia Story Country Bookmark Plait_My Little Bookcase

4. Plait the threads together (younger children might find it easier to twirl two pieces of thread).

5. Secure the plait by tying another knot at the end of the thread lengths.

6. Tie charms to each end of the plait.

Australia Story Country Bookmark Charms_My Little Bookcase

Voila! You should have an impressive bookmark to keep your place while reading your favourite Australian stories

Australia Story Country Goanna Bookmark_My Little Bookcase

Australia Story Country Books_ My Little Bookcase
Australia Story Country Bookmarks_My Little Bookcase
Australia Story Country Thong Bookmark_My Little Bookcase
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