Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!

We love Christmas books and activities in our house!  Last year we did an ABC Your Way to Christmas.  We read 26 books and completed 26 family activities to go along with each book.

This year, we will be introducing Elf on the Shelf for the first time!  I thought we would combine this new tradition with our love for books.

So, our Elf on the Shelf will be reading lots of books!  Yes, each morning my boys will find our Elf in some mischief enjoying a great holiday read. Would you like to join us?  Here are all the details of our Elf on the Shelf Reads Books Project.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas- 24 Books and Scenes for your little elf! from growingbookbybook.com

We plan to debut our Elf on the Shelf on November 30th.  We will start by reading the book that comes with the Elf and naming our little guy.  On December 1st, my boys will find the Elf for the first time.  He will display a note that will read:

Each day I will be sharing a book with you that I had fun reading during the night.  Some of the books I’ll get from your library so you’ll need to return them for me please.  Other books that I bring from the North Pole are yours to keep!  Happy Reading!

A different book and Elf scene will be displayed each day through Christmas Eve.

Here are the books we plan to showcase for the month.  I’ve also included the mischief that we have planned for the Elf.

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Holiday Books and Scene Ideas for Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Scene:  Elf will have a picnic with our stuffed animals. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

Scene:  Elf playing in our toy barn with the tractors.   Book:  The Polar Express by Van Alsburg

Scene:  Elf hanging out on our train table. Book:  What Dogs Want for Christmas by Radzinski

Scene:  Elf hanging out with our stuffed animal dog enjoying a doggy treat. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry

Scene: Elf sniffing the sweet smell of candy canes. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Scene:  Elf surrounded by fancy word cards (words from the story: aroma, compromise, heirlooms, delectable, and caroling) for us to discuss for the day. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Jingle Bells by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Scene: Elf hanging out with some bells.Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Mrs. Santa Claus by Penny Ives

Scene: Elf riding a bike just like Mrs. Santa does in the book. Book:  Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Litwin and Dean

Scene:  Elf hanging out in a toy bus on the shelf.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com

Book:  What is Christmas by Michelle Medlock Adams

Scene:  Elf looking at symbols of the season. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Santa’s Book of Names by McPhail

Scene:  Elf writing letters or names in fake snow. Book:  Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Barry

Scene:  Elf hanging out in the Christmas tree. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books!  from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Snowmen at Christmas by Buehner

Scene:  Elf will have made snowmen out of marshmallows. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books! from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Shhh! by Julie Skyes

Scene:  Elf in the fireplace with soot on his nose. Book:  The Legend of the Poinsettia by DePaola

Scene:  Elf hanging out in a poinsettia plant. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books! from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Clifford’s Christmas Presents by Sonali Fry

Scene:  Elf hanging outside my son’s door wrapped as a present. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books! from growingbookbybook.com Book:  The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry

Scene:  Elf overlooking the manager in our nativity scene. Book:  The Christmas Quiet Book by Underwood

Scene:  Elf will be laying on a blanket near the Christmas tree. Book:  Rock Star Santa by Krause

Scene:  Elf playing our musical instruments. Book:  Too Many Tamales by Soto

Scene:  Elf getting messy in some masa. Book:  A Fishmas Carol by Kearney

Scene:  Elf enjoying a little holiday bath. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books! from growingbookbybook.com Book:  Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Scene: Elf will bring a countdown paper chain to count down the days until Christmas. Book:  The Christmas Wreath by Hoffman

Scene:  Elf will be hanging out in a wreath. Elf on the Shelf Ideas- Read Books! from growingbookbybook.com Book:  The Night Before Christmas

We had a personalized copy made for our youngest son from My Chronicle Books which we learned about from the Dirt and Boogers blog.  Check out Amanda’s post, 5 Holiday Traditions for Young Kids for a discount code opportunity to make your own book!

Scene:  Elf will be sitting next to the plate and cup that we leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Follow the  Elf on the Shelf Ideas Pinterest board full of elf ideas!

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.

Comments

  1. Thanks for these great ideas! We just got the Elf on the Shelf for a gift last year, so I could use some good ideas to go with it! I think Snowmen at Christmas is one of my most favourite Christmas books -such cozy illustrations!

  2. I love these ideas and you’ve given some really good book suggestions. I need to add to our Christmas book collection! Thanks for sharing my post too…it was a fun little surprise for me!

  3. I love your book tie-ins! What fun! I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page.

  4. Some wonderful book ideas here – thank you!

  5. Love that you are pairing it up with a cute Christmas book each day!

  6. I think this is absolutely my favorite elf on the shelf idea! I love book idea. This may actually convince me to get our own elf!

  7. I love the twist you put on Elf on the Shelf, to add a book a day into the mix! And the scenarios you’ve come up with for each are so cute – I love that Elf will be wrapped as a present and be building snowmen from marshmallows! lol!

  8. This is brilliant. My daughter is too old for Elf on the Shelf, but I LOVE your idea of combining it with books and making special scenes. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  9. I love this twist on the elf on the shelf, and I especially love your Christmas book suggestions! Soooo creative!

  10. What a wonderful idea and such an exciting lead up to Christmas! I’m sure it will captivate your children.

  11. I love the pairing of Christmas books with the Elf on the Shelf. I pinned this to my new Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board.

  12. Love this idea, so great to choose a new story each day. I’m going to look for a festive friend 2 introduce some new books to my daughter.

  13. Great list!!! Love your ideas.

  14. Thanks for these book ideas, I’m really looking forward to getting my son new Christmas books now that he’s into reading.

  15. So much awesomeness here!! I love the book suggestions and the elf inspiration. I cannot wait to try this next year! 🙂

  16. A wonderful collection of books! Thanks for sharing on the After School Linky.

  17. What a clever idea! I never would have thought of combining elf on the shelf with Christmas books. I love it!

  18. What a great idea for the Elf on the Shelf! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  19. So glad I found your site! I am running an Elf on the Shelf program at the library where I work, and have been trying to find more ideas incorporating books! So far, we have had him with Charlotte’s web and we made a web that said “Some Elf”; Sitting on a stuffed Paddington Bear with the Paddington book; and today he’s made a snowman out of cotton balls with the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

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