Top 8 Best Alternative Advent Calendar Ideas

If the kids have had too much chocolate already this year, why not give them a brand new book every day instead? With over 25 books in each of these brilliant box sets, kids can enjoy a different story every day this December, and - unlike chocolate! - they can be treasured forever.

Disney: Magical Story Collection - 30 Books

Explore the spellbinding world of Disney with this stunning collection. Suitable for children aged 3+, it features timeless Disney classics as well as Pixar favourites. Get lost under the sea with The Little Mermaid, fly on a magic carpet with Aladdin, soar to Neverland with Peter Pan, and so much more!

A Year of Rainbow Magic Boxed Collection - 52 Books

Daisy Meadows

This beautiful bumper collection of sparkling stories is perfect for any fairy fan. Follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with ruthless nemesis Jack Frost, and discover your favourite fairy! With easy-to-read text and simple illustrations, this beloved series is hugely popular with children aged 5+.

Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library Collection - 30 Books

Francesca Simon

Follow the naughty but loveable Henry as he gets into all sorts of scrapes and must face the ultimate rival, Perfect Peter! With black-and-white illustrations by the brilliant Tony Ross, children aged 5+ will love this quirky, hilarious series. The collection also features a Christmas story and several joke books to keep everyone laughing!

Mr. Men: The Complete Collection - 50 Books

Roger Hargreaves

Since 1971, the Mr. Men series has been entertaining children with wonderful stories and incredible characters! The perfect series for adults and kids to read together, this collection features all the best-loved Mr. Men stories, like Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump and Mr. Happy. Kids will love the lively illustrations and simple but fun storylines.

Little Miss: The Complete Collection - 37 Books

Roger Hargreaves

This fabulous collection includes all the much-loved characters, such as Little Miss Trouble, Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Naughty! These fun-filled stories are perfect for sharing, and come in a stunning display box. Story-time will be filled with smiles with this funny, vibrant collection.

Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Collection - 26 Books

Rev W. Awdry

This classic collection features the timeless little train, Thomas the Tank Engine, and all his wonderful friends! Perfect for children aged 3+, these colourful hardback books will introduce little readers to Thomas, Gordon, Henry, James and Edward, and the experiences they share. They come in a big, beautiful box, too, and would make a stunning addition to a child's bookshelf.

Walker Stories Collection - 30 Books

This gorgeous collection includes 30 of the treasured Walker Books titles. Children aged 5 and above will love the range of topics covered, from home to hobbies, pets to playtime, family to friends, and the series includes many diverse characters from various backgrounds. These engaging stories will captivate kids and gently highlight important morals.

Start Reading Collection - 52 Books

This collection is perfect for children aged 4+ who are eager to read or need a bit of encouragement! Great for children aged 4-7 who are learning to read, each book has been book-banded to match the system used in primary schools, so you know exactly which book is suitable for your child. Kids will love these vibrant stories, and will gain lots of reading confidence!

Alternative advent calendar ideas

  • Walker Stories Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9781406353235 - Various
    WSTY 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £16.99
    • RRP £141.70
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    • Just 57.00p per book
    For decades, Walker Books have created beautiful books that have become staples on the bookshelves of children.

    This impressive collection of 30 books - all with black-and-white illustrations - will introduce children aged 5 and over to a range of varied, familiar and easy-to-follow stories and even encompasses a range of real-life topics that will be sure to educate young children.

    From family to friends; home to hobbies; special occasions to amazing animals; and pets to playtime; as well as characters from a range of backgrounds and nationalities and themes including gentle morals for growing up, this brilliantly priced collection features plenty of tales that your primary school-aged child will love reading and returning to time and time again.

    Dimensions: Each book 185 x 135mm
  • Mr. Men: The Complete Collection - 50 Books - Collection - 9781405255486 - Roger Hargreaves
    MENX Toddlers
    • £29.99
    • RRP £149.50
    • Save £119.51Save 78.9999999999999982946974341757595539093017578125%
    • Just 60.00p per book
    Due to phenomenal demand, we are now out of stock of this collection. A new Mr. Men Collection will be available in Spring 2019, click 'Notify me' to receive an email when stock is available for the new collection.

    Ever since the first books were published in 1971, Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men have been an enduring favourite with children (and parents!) of all ages. The likes of Mr. Happy, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump and friends must rank as some of the most famous characters in children's books - and this beautiful box set features them all!

    With a mammoth 50 books to enjoy and a simply gorgeous, foiled display case, this collection will keep young readers entertained for a long, long time to come. The bold, bright illustrations and simple storylines make the Mr. Men stories fun and appealing to return to again and again.

    Familiar characters like Mr. Strong and Mr. Messy's books are also included in this vast box set, which is just perfect for adults and children to read and share together.
    Format: paperback
  • Little Miss: The Complete Collection - 37 Books - Collection - 9780603570537 - Roger Hargreaves
    LMCC Toddlers
    • £24.99
    • RRP £110.63
    • Save £85.64Save 76.999999999999994315658113919198513031005859375%
    • Just 68.00p per book
    Due to phenomenal demand, we are now out of stock of this collection. A new Little Miss Collection will be available in Spring 2019, click 'Notify me' to receive an email when stock is available for the new collection.

    Everyone loves the Mr. Men and Little Miss stories. They've been bestsellers and firm favourites with children ever since Roger Hargreaves first introduced them in the 1970s - and with his son Adam Hargreaves taking over the mantle, they still entertain young readers and families around the world today.

    Our Little Miss Collection contains 37 books featuring familiar characters like Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Naughty. Fun-packed stories that are a delight to read through together and share, they'll make sure bedtime reading is full of laughter.

    Coming in a delightful display box, this collection also includes more recent additions to the Little Miss family - including Mr. Bump's equally clumsy sister Little Miss Whoops, the rather festive Little Miss Christmas and the simply adorable (and brand new) Little Miss Hug!
    Format: paperback
  • A Year of Rainbow Magic Boxed Collection - 52 Books - Collection - 9781408348246 - Daisy Meadows
    YORM 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £29.99
    • RRP £263.48
    • Save £233.49Save 87.999999999999998863131622783839702606201171875%
    • Just 58.00p per book
    This sparkling collection gives fairy fans the chance to enjoy one Rainbow Magic story a week for an entire year!

    A Book People favourite, these magical stories follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Completely spellbinding and with easy-to-read, accessible text, they are full of fun and will appeal to any child who has just started to read independently.

    With 52 books to get through, this is a massive collection of fantastic stories at a magical Book People price. Who will be your child's favourite fairy?
  • Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library Box Set - 30 Books - Collection - 9781510102293 - Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
    HHLB 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £22.99
    • RRP £147.70
    • Save £124.71Save 83.9999999999999948840923025272786617279052734375%
    • Just 77.00p per book
    Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library is a box set featuring every single one of Francesca Simon's stories starring the naughtiest boy in children's books - and so much more!

    Displayed in a keepsake slipcase and with a mammoth 30 books included, this is a brilliant collection to add to any child's bookshelf. Very funny stories that are tremendously re-readable, they follow the lovably naughty Henry as he gets into all kinds of trouble and faces of against his nemesis, Perfect Peter.

    With extra appeal added by the black-and-white artwork from Little Princess author Tony Ross, the collection also includes joke books and a special Christmas story to accompany the laugh-out-loud novels.
  • Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Collection - 26 Books - Collection - 9780603571626 - Rev W. Awdry
    TCLA 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £19.99
    • RRP £207.74
    • Save £187.75Save 89.9999999999999948840923025272786617279052734375%
    • Just 77.00p per book
    Ever since 1945, Thomas the Tank Engine and friends have been delighting and entertaining children with their incredible adventures. This 26-book collection brings together The Rev W. Awdry's classic, original stories in one big, beautiful box.

    A beautiful keepsake for children to proudly display on their bookshelves, the colourful books are all presented in hardback and will introduce readers aged 3 and over to the likes of Thomas, Gordon, Henry, James and Edward.

    Timeless tales that will be enjoyed as much by parents and grandparents as they will the children they're being read to, this is an amazing gift to celebrate over 70 years of the Railway series.

    Individual book dimensions: 102 x 139mm
  • Disney: Magical Story Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9781474858984
    DMSS 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £14.99
    • RRP £149.70
    • Save £134.71Save 88.99999999999999772626324556767940521240234375%
    • Just 50.00p per book
    Many children are left spellbound by Disney's classic stories and this unbelievable value collection gives you the chance to share 30 of them - from tales of Mickey and Minnie Mouse to fairy tale characters like Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid, as well as modern Disney-Pixar classics including Brave, Toy Story and Cars. You could even share out the books as perfect party bag fillers.

    This 30-book collection lets readers delve further into the Magical World of Disney. Coming in a magical slipcase, the books here have simple storylines that follow the famous characters as they head off on a series of exciting adventures. With so many books to choose from, there is plenty of choice for reading at bedtime.

    Whether a child you know loves Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo or one of the many other classics featured here, this is a collection for any child aged 3 or over who loves Disney - it even includes a storybook of the latest hit, Finding Dory!

    Size each book 200 x 160mm
  • Start Reading Collection - 52 Books - Collection - 9781526302809
    SRDG 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £29.99
    • RRP £259.48
    • Save £229.49Save 88.0000000000000005684341886080801486968994140625%
    • Just 58.00p per book
    This collection contains 52 books that will help children on their way to becoming confident readers. Each book has been Book Banded (the system used in primary schools) and is suitable for children aged between 4 and 7.

    The books will help children gain confidence and enjoy reading for pleasure. From castle mysteries to superhero exploits, the stories are illustrated and progress gradually as children become more fluent in reading.

    Compiled in consultation with a literacy expert, these books will help children at the earliest reading levels. The Book Band levels covered in this collection are:

    Level 1 Pink 4-5 years, Level 2 Red 4-5 years, Level 3 Yellow 4-5 years, Level 3 Yellow 5-6 years, Level 4 Blue 5-6 years, Level 5 Green 5-6 years, Level 6 Orange 5-6 years, Level 6 Orange 6-7 years, Level 7 Turquoise 6-7 years, Level 8 Purple 6-7 years, Level 9 Gold 6-7 years.