12 magical and festive reads that are guaranteed to get your child reading

I say this every year, but this truly is the most wonderful term of the year (see what I did there…)

Parents are thrown into making shepherd’s costumes and teachers are juggling nativities. But despite the exhaustion, chaos and ridiculous jumpers, I don’t think any teacher or parent would trade it. This year feels even more precious after the calamity of last year too, don’t you think?

I thought I’d share some gloriously Christmassy reads to enjoy with your little elves this festive season. So, get your matching pyjamas on, make yourselves a hot chocolate and get snuggled under a blanket with these wintry treasures.


After Christmas Tree by Bethan Welby

Age 3+

On a cold afternoon in January, Brian sees a little Christmas tree, stripped of its decorations and discarded by the roadside. He immediately decides to take it home with him and look after it…but will it be as easy as he thinks, and will his family be pleased?


12 Days of Christmas by Lara Hawthorne

Age 3+

Beautifully illustrated by Laura Hawthorne, celebrate the magic of Christmas time with this well-loved traditional poem, The Twelve Days of Christmas,


A Christmas in Time (The Time-Seekers) by Sally Nicholls

Age 7+

Alex and Ruby have found themselves tumbling back into a Victorian Christmas!


Little Owl and the Christmas Star: A Nativity Story by Mary Murphy

Age 1+

A touching version of the nativity story told by an inquisitive little owl.


Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson

Age 3+

It’s Christmas Eve and Fletcher has had a terrible thought, what if Father Christmas can’t find the rabbits’ new burrow to deliver their presents?


Ketchup on Your Reindeer by Nick Sharratt 

Age 2+

Do you like ketchup on your Christmas tree? Or a Santa hat on your Christmas pud? These are just some of the bonkers and hilarious combinations that are accompanied with brilliant illustrations.


Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

Age 2+

A beautiful book which tells the story of that most Christmassy of birds, the robin.


Snow Ghost by Tony Mitton

Age 3+

Snow Ghost is searching for a place to call home, swooping gracefully over the whirling traffic of town, winding her way through the dense, tangled wood and to the top of the blustery hill.


Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Age 3+

December 24th is the hardest night of work for poor Father Christmas. It’s cold, he’s tired – and there’s so much to do.


Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Age 9+

Inside the little house in the Big Woods live the Ingalls family: Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and baby Carrie. Outside the little house are the wild animals: the bears and the bees, the deer and the wolves. This is the classic tale of how they live together.


The Snow Sisters by Astrid Foss and Monique Dong

Age 8+

Ida, Hanna, and Magda are three sisters with magical powers who will one day inherit not only the kingdom, but their mother’s job of guarding the enchanted lights that protect Nordovia.


Greenglass House by Katie Milford

Age 10+

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year- old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings.









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