Our Christmas Top Picks: Christmas Reads

Our Christmas Top Picks: Christmas Reads

The Chistmasaurus

The magical, moving and bestselling first children’s novel from Tom Fletcher. Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump and Santa Claus!

The Jolly Christmas Postman

It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty.

The Mistltoe Murder

As the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here.

An Orphan’s Christmas

Liverpool, 1936. Molly Penelope Hardwick has been abandoned in Haisborough Orphanage. Desperate to discover her background, she befriends another orphan, Lenny Smith. Together they sneak out to roam the city of Liverpool, and hatch plans for their escape.

Letters from Father Christmas

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and ‘authenticity’ of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways.

A Highland Christmas

This one-off standalone story is a special Christmas treat for all fans of Hamish Macbeth and can be read at any point in the ongoing series.

The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch.

Little Women

Christmas won’t be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask – Father Christmas.

Ten Little Elves

Ten little elves set off on a mission to rescue Christmas. But what will the little elves do when they meet a growling polar bear, a yowling yeti and a scary Ice Queen? Will the little elves save the day?

That’s Not My Elf

There are five mischievous elves to meet in this touchy-feely Christmas board book, with shiny boots, fluffy scarves and soft hats to keep them warm at the North Pole.

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

As read on Radio 4, seven linked stories set in the Christmas holidays – all as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.

Christmas Under the Stars

A gripping, festive novel, Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan reveals the devastating power of secrets. Worlds apart. A love without limit. In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream.

The Christmas for the Halfpenny Orphans

Little twin sisters, Sarah and Samantha are all alone in the world. When their mother died giving birth to Sarah, she was blamed for the death by her father and her learning difficulties serve only to make him more angry and violent towards her.

All She Ever Wished for

A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships. Claudia Carroll brings you a Christmas gift filled with second chances, fateful encounters and a lesson in what true love means.

Eileen

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop. Trapped between caring for her alcoholic father and her job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, she tempers her dreary days with dreams of escaping to the big city.

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Sequins and Snowflakes

There’s sequins, snowflakes, and plenty of romance in this gorgeous love story. The perfect romance to curl up by the fire with this Christmas!

The Christmas Train

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief …

A Boy Called Christmas

You are about to read THE TRUE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away.

Dream Snow

It’s full of surprises as the Santa-like farmer dreams of snow on Christmas Eve, and wakes to discover real snow has fallen, just in time for him to give gifts to his cherished animals. Imaginative and multi-sensory, it’s a Christmas book that reveals the wonder of the season.

Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

A new collection of illustrated Christmas adventures, starring twelve incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies.

What Light

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season.

The Christmas tale of Peter Rabbit

mma Thompson continues the adventures of Peter Rabbit in this super new Christmas tale featuring Peter, his comical little cousin Benjamin Bunny, and a certain feathered friend called William.

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Join Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious Christmassy escapades – from joining in with the Christmas ballet show to attending Ellen’s friend’s fancy dress party and trying to catch Father Christmas!

The Snowman

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs’ favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic – narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world.

The Grinch Stole Christmas

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

Mog’s Christmas

It’s Christmas, and Mog’s house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going…? Mog is not happy. So she escapes to the roof, and there she stays until she returns with a bump!

The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas

Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out . . . Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!

Polar Express

Late on Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness and it turns out to be a very special gift.

The Night Before Christmas

All the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve is captured in this magical version of this popular festive verse. A classic book that will become a cherished part of many a family Christmas, and begs to be reread year after year as a much-loved festive tradition.

Hogfather

Susan had never hung up a stocking. She’d never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn’t that her parents didn’t believe in such things. They didn’t need to believe in them.

Enid Blyton’s Christmas Tales

Enid Blyton’s timeless collection of Christmas stories – an ideal gift for anyone who loved the stories during their own childhood to pass on to the next generation of readers.

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don’t know much about Christmas.

Dave’s Christmas Cracker

Dave loves Christmas. There are friends, decorations, presents – and, best of all, there is an ENORMOUS Christmas meal, including LOTS of Brussels sprouts!

A Nightingale Christmas Carol

All that Dora Riley wants is her husband home safe for Christmas…The Nightingale Hospital, London, 1944: With her husband Nick away fighting, Dora struggles to keep the home fires burning and is put in charge of a ward full of German prisoners of war.

Miracle on 5th Avenue

Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous-and mysterious-owner.

Norman the Slug who Saved Christmas

When a sack of presents lands – THWACK – right by Norman’s stocking he is overcome with excitement. He really must have been a very good slug this year. But after a frenzy of unwrapping he spots a label – and realises that none of the presents were meant for him.

The Little Match Girl

This classic fairy tale has been continuously in print in different editions since its first publication, with many, many, different artists illustrating the story over the years.

Santa’s Little Elf Book and Toy

This adorable 2 in 1 book and toy set is great for both play and bed time. This set features a cuddly elf and a story book which is great for getting children set for a magical Christmas.

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