First, the good news. You may recall that Hingston & Olsen tried to retire their Short Story Advent Calendar (SSAC) in 2020. In response to their decision, readers begged the publisher to reconsider–which they did.

Now, the bad news. Due to copyright restrictions in Canada, their 2021 adult SSAC is not available in the US. But, their newly launched Kids’ Short Story Advent Calendar (KSSAC) is available south of the border, because who says adults should have all the fun?

Like all of the H&O calendars, the KSSAC is a deluxe box set of 25 individually bound booklets with cover art by South African illustrator Fran Labuschagne. It includes stories from:

  • Kenneth Oppel (Inkling)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
  • Jerry Spinelli (Maniac Magee)
  • Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming)
  • and more!

The format is the same: a collection of numbered & sealed booklets that readers open, one day at a time, starting December 1. You can expect stories about spaceships, necklaces, best friends, creepy museums, scarecrows, fairies, and more. The KSSAC is recommended for readers aged 9+.

You may remember that we weren’t able to get SSACs last year because demand was overwhelming. This year, we are planning ahead. The KSSAC boxes will begin to arrive at City Books in late October and will be available to us from the publisher while supplies last.

If you want one (or two or three), order it TODAY. We cannot guarantee how long they will be available from H&O. Based on last year, I’m guessing NOT LONG. The earlier you order, the better the chance you have to claim a box–and to give them as gifts at THANKSGIVING so the kids (of all ages!) in your life can start reading along on December 1.

PRE-ORDERED SETS will be available for pick-up in the store for $65.00, including tax. I cannot determine additional gift wrapping or shipping costs until I have them in the bookstore.

Please order your Kids’ Short Story Advent Calendar below. I will place publisher orders weekly until the print run is gone.

Kids’ Short Story Advent Calendar

Who says adults should have all the fun? Our Kids’ Short Story Advent Calendar is a deluxe box set of 25 individually bound stories, with cover art by South African illustrator Fran Labuschagne. Price includes tax but not shipping. If you require shipping, please notify City Books via citybookspgh@gmail.com. We will follow up with wrapping and shipping options (for additional fees) when we have the boxes in stock.

$65.00