Advent Books for Families

A Resource List By Age Group

The Twelve Names of Christmas

By Family Life

AGES 3+

Make learning about Jesus easy and fun this holiday season with The Twelve Names of Christmas. Appropriate for all ages, each read-aloud two page story sets up practical yet meaningful family time to explore Jesus through 12 brightly-colored ornaments. A wonderful, Christ-centered Christmas tradition to start with your family!

Journey to the Manger

By Focus On The Family

AGES 8-12

Take your family on a fun-filled journey to the manger this Christmas season! Learn more about Bible characters related to the Nativity and help teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. Dive into each day of Advent with devotions and activities that will engage the entire family. Packed full of fun activities, Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar includes an Advent poster, Bible character stickers, readings, kids’ puzzles, and more!

25 Days of the Christmas Story

By Dr Josh and Christi Straub

AGES 4-8

This December, spend a few moments of each day leading up to Christmas helping your family focus on the true joys and meaning of Advent with 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience. This is a devotional perfect for families of all shapes, sizes, and schedules. Each of the 25 days highlights a different person, place, or object from the Christmas story—from the prophet Isaiah to Baby Jesus, from the Christmas star to the gift of frankincense. All devotions include an easy-to-read story, character trait, activity, and more—each designed to reinforce the main theme of the day.

Bartholomew’s Passage

By Arnold Ytreeide

AGES 9-12

Offering readings for each day of the Advent season, Bartholomew’s Passage is a family story and devotional that gives you the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in your home as it helps you and your family prepare for the miracle of Christmas.

Ishtar’s Odyssey

By Arnold Ytreeide

AGES 8-10

Ishtar’s Odyssey is divided into short chapters meant to be read aloud for each day of Advent. Families will treasure this devotional read and benefit from the advice about creating seasonal traditions, suggestions for Persian foods, and notes on the history behind the story.

Jotham’s Journey

By Arnold Ytreeide

AGES 9-12

Jotham’s Journey is divided into short chapters for each day of Advent, giving families the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in their home. Ten-year-old Jotham’s adventure takes him across Israel as he searches for his family.

Tabitha’s Travels

By Arnold Ytreeide

AGES 9-12

Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular Jotham’s Journey and Bartholomew’s Passage, this captivating story will take families through Advent to Christmas as they share in Tabitha’s adventures. With day-by-day readings, reflections for family devotions, and advice for making Christmas a meaningful season of worship, Tabitha’s Travels continues the beloved tradition of celebrating Advent with your family.

The Advent Storybook

By Laura Richie

AGES 4-8

Add The Advent Storybook to your family holiday traditions and enjoy the rich images and thoughtful retellings of ancient stories that feature God’s recurring, faithful promise to rescue us. A simple question at the end of each story helps readers engage in understanding the bigger story God wants us all to know—the good news of Jesus coming to save us. Parents and children alike will delight in the biblical messages of joy, hope, and peace every day as they look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth.

The Advent Storybook Coloring Book

By Laura Richie

AGES 4-8

Color along with the 25 stories found in The Advent Storybook by Laura Richie as you prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth! Each coloring page includes the Bible reference for the featured story and a full-page image to color. As a bonus, cut and color 25 ornaments to decorate for Christmas and enjoy as keepsakes for years to come!

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

By Ann Voskamp

ALL AGES

With vivid, full-color illustrations, downloadable ornaments, and moving scenes from the Bible, this book is a gift your whole family can experience each day leading up to Christmas. Person by person, story by story, retrace the lineage of Jesus. Fall in love with Him all over again as you experience God’s plan of salvation for us―from the Garden of Eden to the manger and beyond.

The Way to the Manger

By Jeff and Abbey Land

AGES 4-12

Christmas is a chaotic time of year. With so much focus on material gifts and the anticipation of a certain jolly visitor, parents may easily feel their children are missing the true meaning of Christmas as they count down the days until December 25.
The Way to the Manger engages families with the biblical truth of Christmas through twenty-five Advent devotions that redirect children and families to their need for a Savior and the amazing gift of Jesus Christ. Sure to become a keepsake that is revisited year after year, this book also provides talking points and activities for families to enjoy together, bringing the focus of Christmas back to Jesus and family time.

Jesus Calling : The Story of Christmas

By Sarah Young

AGES 4-8

Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas uniquely teaches the Christmas story to your children by starting at creation and sharing that Jesus has always been present and that God has always had a plan for Christmas. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book with foil and glitter on the cover. Teach your children the story of Christmas . . . starting from creation! In Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, children will discover that God always had a plan for Christmas.

24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus

By Various Authors

AGES 4-8

The joy and hope of Christmas are at the heart of this book intended for the whole family. Starting with the 1st of December (like an Advent calendar) each day has a new story, leading up to Christmas. Richly illustrated, this collection includes stories based on the Gospel accounts of the birth of Christ, as well as stories about Advent and Christmas customs. Also presented are original tales about living the Christmas message.

God With Us : A Family Advent Celebration

By Catherine Pawlak

AGES 4-14

“God With Us” is designed to make the celebration of Advent simple, memorable, and gospel-focused for the entire family. Daily readings corresponding with twenty-five symbols from the Old and New Testaments, short prayers, and extension activities provide a flexible and engaging approach to celebrating Advent for children ages 4-14, and the adults who love them. The Jesse Tree is a Christmas tradition that traditionally takes place during the Advent season. In the days leading up to Christmas, a tree, banner, or branch is decorated with ornaments depicting symbols from stories in the Bible that point ahead to the lineage and birth of Christ, the long-awaited Messiah.

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift

By Ann Voskamp

AGES 5-8

Each December, families can celebrate the coming of Jesus by opening the book to see a stunning 13-inch, three-dimensional Jesse Tree pop up from the page. At its foot are 25 doors, one for each day of Advent, which hide meaningful, beautifully detailed ornaments―including the Christmas star―that are ready to be hung on the tree.

The Christmas Promise

By Alison Mitchell

AGES 4-8

Superb illustrations by Catalina Echeverri and faithful, Bible-centered story-telling by Alison Mitchell combine to make this a book that both parents and children will love.
A long, long time ago so long that it’s hard to imagine God promised a new King. He wasn’t any ordinary king, like the ones we see on TV or in books. He would be different. He would be a new King; a rescuing King; a forever King!
This book helps pre-school children discover exactly how God kept His Christmas Promise.

The Christmas Promise Advent Calendar

By Alison Mitchell

AGES 4-8

This attractive Advent Calendar for children 5-11 years old matches the illustrations in The Christmas Promise storybook. It comes with a booklet containing 25 devotions for December to help families explore the Bible together in the run up to Christmas.

The Christmas Promise Coloring Book

By Alison Mitchell

AGES 4-8

32 pages of coloring, puzzles, mazes and activities for Christmas. Use alongside The Christmas Promise to discover exactly how God kept His Christmas Promise by sending his New, Forever, Rescuing King.

Seek and Circle Christmas Stories

By B&H Kids

AGES 4-8

Grab a wipe-on, wipe-off marker and start searching! Seek-and-Circle Christmas Stories is an interactive board book filled with dozens of items for children to find. As they search scenes from Nazareth to Bethlehem, from the shepherds’ fields to Herod’s palace, children ages 4–8 will have loads of fun finding hidden pictures and exploring the biblical Christmas story along the way. For an added challenge, kids can look for two images on each spread that represent specific names of Jesus.

The Christmas Star From Afar

By Natalie Ard

ALL AGES

Gift Set includes book and 15 piece wooden nativity set. To play, Set up your nativity. Hide the Star every night. Once your children find the Star move all Three Wise Men to its location. Read the optional scripture Repeat On Christmas Eve place your Star on the top of your nativity stable On Christmas morning your Three Wise Men reach the nativity scene and find their king, baby Jesus! You can easily combine the “Star From Afar” with other traditions your family participates in. Consider placing a little surprise or sweet with your Star everyday to make this fun game more like an Advent Calendar.

The Jesus Storybook A Christmas Collection

By Sally Lloyd-Jones

AGES 4-8

This picture book not only highlights the significance of the Nativity and reaffirms the spiritual meaning of God’s most precious gift, it does what few other Christmas or Advent books do. It shows that even the Old Testament stories pointed to a Rescuer, and it is a complete celebration of the holiday season, which doesn’t end on Christmas morning with Jesus’s birth.