When you think about books for the holidays, think beyond gifts (though books do make great gifts for every age). To get you started, here are five creative ways to incorporate books into your holiday celebration.

  1. Book Advent Calendar. Wrap 24 small books and open one each day to read with your child. This works great with young readers and pre-readers who enjoy picture books.
  2. 8 Days of Books. If your family celebrates Hanukkah, celebrate each day with a new book to read together.
  3. Read a Favorite Holiday Book Aloud. Don’t wait for Christmas Eve to cuddle on the couch and read a favorite holiday story aloud. Instead, find a holiday classic (or visit your local bookstore to find a new favorite) and enjoy a chapter each evening.
  4. Build a Book Christmas Tree. Does your child want a Christmas tree in their room? Help them build one out of books! Add some small, battery-powered fairy lights, garland, and don’t forget the star on top!
  5. Book Ornaments. Celebrate reading by using holiday ornaments that feature favorite books or book characters. You can find decorations online (check out Etsy) or create your own!
  6. Send Bookmarks instead of Cards. Send your holiday pictures and greetings as a bookmark that friends and family can use throughout the year.