After what feels like the longest year, we’ve made it to December. The jingle bells, twinkling lights and oozing mince pies are now filling your homes (unless you’re like me and hate mince pies).
It really is the most wonderful time of the year though, isn’t it? Even the most Scroogest of Scrooges among us have to admit, it’s pretty lovely seeing lit up houses and frosted windows, don’t you think?
One of the reasons we love it is because of all the fun we can have with our kids. From watching ‘Home Alone’ to making Christmas cookies, there’s quite literally something for everyone.
The same applies to Christmas books too! It’s not all ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘’Twas The Night Before Christmas’ ya know? You’re spoilt for choice nowadays.
And I’m here to give you a run-down of some of our favourites. What’re you waiting for? Get reading!
Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee
Ideal for: teaching your child the happiness in giving not receiving.
Summary: This beloved patchwork elephant learns a valuable lesson about the joy of giving whilst also experiencing snow for the first time! Available in a smaller hardback which is perfect for a stocking filler or to sneak into your changing bag.
Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis
Ideal for: getting into the Christmas spirit.
Summary: This wonderful rhyming tale takes us on the tradition of choosing and decorating your Christmas tree with loved ones. The use of interactive sparkling lights at the end and nostalgic Jarvis illustrations makes for a truly magical tale.
The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis
Ideal for: keeping your children on their best behaviour for all of December.
Summary: Twin sisters Sam and Charlie have nothing in common apart from their birthday and parents. Charlie is set to stay firmly on Santa’s naughty list until Father Christmas comes to teach her a lesson which results in her turning out to be not so bad after all…
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
Ideal for: learning about the true spirit of Christmas.
Summary: Your child is bound to be very familiar with this miserable but immensely loveable character. Share this Christmas classic with your child and watch the grumpy Grinch turn into a jolly and festive fanatic.
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
Ideal for: introducing your child to a classical character.
Summary: This is a charming tale of the calamitous Mog being terrified by the arrival of Christmas decorations and as a result escaping to the roof. From the 1970s illustrations to the familiar characters, children, parents and grandparents will all enjoy this nostalgic read.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Ideal for: reluctant readers.
Summary: This is a story full of recognisable fairy tale characters that will make even the least confident reader feel great. On Christmas Eve, one of the characters sets out to deliver his Christmas rounds to residents. Full of interactive cards and gifts, this book’s designed to charm.
The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, illustrated Emily Sutton
Ideal for: showing your child that Christmas is about more than just presents.
Summary: A celebratory tale about a rejected Christmas tree who no one wants to buy. Until a homeless boy arrives and loves the tree, faults and all! This story has a wonderfully traditional feel as well as adding a modern twist.
Juggling working from home with preparing for the big day has left us all a little frazzled.
Why not snuggle up for bedtime or hibernate for the afternoon with one of these classics (they would make perfect gifts too) and you’re bound to be left feeling warm, festive and sentimental.
pssssst… you can also buy all of the above books, at the same time as giving money back to schools and charities on our website or by just clicking on the pictures above 🙂