If you're looking for an Advent Story for Kids this Christmas, I highly recommend How Winston Delivered Christmas! Here's our review and peek into the book.
I absolutely ADORE this book, so even if it's a little early to be talking about Christmas, I wanted to give you all plenty of time to get your hands on a copy. If you celebrate Christmas with kids, this is a must-read book!
The publisher (Silver Dolphin Books) sent me a copy of How Winston Delivered Christmas last month. As soon as I opened the book and began reading, I was already wishing that December wasn't still weeks away. I'm just so excited to read this with my family!
This book is definitely going to become part of our family's holiday traditions.
How Winston Delivered Christmas
How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith is an advent story for kids. It's a gorgeous, hardback book with twenty-four and a half chapters, and a shiny ribbon bookmark to keep your place. It has thick matte pages and it's filled with stunning, colorful illustrations. It's the kind of book that makes a wonderful gift, a book that will be read year after year.
In the first chapter, to be read on December 1st, a young boy named Oliver drops his letter to Santa Claus in the mailbox. But, whether by wind or by magic, the letter slides back out of the mailbox and is carried away on the winter wind. Oliver unfortunately is none the wiser.
But in chapter three, to be read on December 3rd, Winston, an adorable mouse with a red knit scarf, finds the letter and decides that he must embark on a very important mission: he will deliver the letter to Santa at the North Pole. And so the adventure begins!
In chapter 11, Winston even makes a stop at a stable in Bethlehem where he sees the baby Jesus fast asleep in his box of straw. "That does look like a nice place to sleep," Winston thought, and he yawned.
Activities and Advent Story for Kids
The story and illustrations are charming, but there's more! At the end of every chapter, there is also an activity to go along with the advent story for kids. They're simple activities, in fact most of them are things that kids 6 and up can do all by themselves.
There are activities like:
- Writing letters to Santa
- Making Christmas tree paper chain cards
- Doing a random act of kindness
- Making your own wrapping paper
- Reading about International Christmas Traditions
All of the activities are in the table of contents (and it's the most adorable table of contents I've ever seen), so you can look through them and plan ahead. However, most of the activities can be completed without much extra planning and most use supplies that you probably already have on hand.
But what I especially appreciate is that you don't have to do the activities to appreciate the advent story for kids. Before the story begins, the author explains that you don't have to do all the activities and you don't have to do them on the day suggested. He says, "Do them whenever you have a few minutes and are feeling festive."
And really, the best activity of all is getting to cuddle up with your kids for 24 (and a half) days in December to read together and see how Winston's fantastic adventure unfolds. These are experiences and memories that your family will treasure forever.
We recommend this Book!
I can't recommend this book highly enough. This advent story for kids is a work of art, destined to become a treasured family heirloom.
This will make a great gift for your kids or grand-kids to open on December 1st. It's a gift they can enjoy all month long!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.