Top 20 Children’s Books to Read at Christmas

Top 20 Children’s Books to Read at Christmas

1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss

What would Christmas be without Dr. Seuss’s fun, heart-warming tale of The Grinch? With fun illustrations and the hilarious rhymes that Dr. Seuss is known for, this story is great fun and perfect for reading together.

2. The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

Since the film gained great popularity a few years ago, The Polar Express has become a staple part of family Christmases that kids of all ages love. With stunning double spread pictures and a magical atmosphere, children adore the story of the Polar Express, and will love the book version just as much as the film.

3. The Jolly Christmas Postman – Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman is a children’s classic, well loved for its tongue-in-cheek letters that the postman delivers to well known fairytale characters. This Christmas edition sees the return of Red Riding Hood (who receives a suspicious game from Mr Wolf), while Humpty Dumpty receives a get-well jigsaw in the hospital. A fun, cheeky book to read aloud together on Christmas Eve.

4. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

One of the best known Christmas tales of all time, your little one will be entranced by Charles Dicken’s story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

5. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

The magical world of Narnia – a land frozen in eternal winter – creates the perfect setting of swirling snow and icy landscapes to read this winter. With unforgettable characters and lots of adventure, your little ones will love hearing the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they stumble upon the world of the White Witch.

6. The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving – Dandi Daley Mackall

This book tells the story of St. Nicholas, who gave gifts to the poor on Christmas eve to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. A heart warming story, your little one will learn about the origins of Father Christmas and the importance of giving at Christmas time.

7. The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

One of the most recognisable Christmas stories of all time, Raymond Briggs’ tale of a snowman that comes to life and takes a little boy on an adventure is full of magic and the wonder of childhood. Your little ones will adore the original classic story.

8. Letters From Father Christmas – J. R. R. Tolkien

Those who know and love Tolkien for The Hobbit books may be surprised to learn that he also wrote a collection of stories in the form of letters from Father Christmas. Wonderfully charming, the letters bring to life the everyday happenings of the North Pole, whether it’s an accident-prone polar bear or mayhem caused by the reindeer.

9. The Greatest Gift – Susan Summers

The Greatest Gift tells the story of the fourth wise man who was too late to give his present to the King of Kings after stopping to help a dying man. Artaban instead turns his attention to the poor, comforting those in need of help. A sweet and charming tale for kids this Christmas.

10. 101 Dalmatians – Marie Crook

The story of 101 Dalmatian puppies that Cruella De Vil plans to turn into fur coats is well loved by all children and conjures up images of puppies in the snow. This version by Disney and Penguin is perfect for young readers.

11. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen

A tragic story, the tale of the little match girl reminds us that Christmas isn’t just about spoiling ourselves and that there are lots of people who struggle to make it through the festive season. Told with beautiful imagery of Christmas trees and shooting stars, your little one will enjoy the story and take away an important message.

12. Miracle on 34th Street – Valentine Davies

Following the success of the film, Miracle on 34th street has become a well loved tradition, celebrating goodwill and hope at Christmas. The film was based on a story by Valentine Davies, which has been recreated here with a beautiful classic design. The magical and uplifting story makes a fantastic bedtime read for little ones.

13. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

The story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a classic, exploring the poor family’s ups and downs at Christmas. Rich with friends, drama and sisterly love, the book shows that you don’t need money to enjoy Christmas as a family.

14. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett

A dark fantasy story, the hogfather will definitely appeal to imaginative little ones this Christmas. Superstition and magic play a huge part in this book, as Susan must sort the troubles in Discworld before morning, or there won’t be a morning…

15. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer – Robert L. May

The star of his very own Christmas song and many on-screen depictions, Rudolph originally appeared in the story by Robert L. May in 1939. Kids love Rudolph’s story, where the very thing that causes the other reindeer to shun him ends up saving Christmas and making him the hero.

16. The Nutcracker – E. T. A. Hoffmann

A classic that has gained popularity through the ballet interpretation, The Nutcracker is the original Toy Story, as Marie’s favourite Christmas toy – The Nutcracker – comes alive to defeat the evil Mouse King. A wonderfully imaginative story for your little one to enjoy.

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton

Creepy and haunting, with mesmerising characters, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a popular children’s film that sees the residents of Halloweenland taking over Christmas. Written by Tim Burton, both the film and book have a gothic look that makes the characters original and fascinating for kids.

18. Frosty the Snowman – Jack Rollins

Frosty the snowman is of course famous from the popular Christmas song that tells his story. Young children will love the fun illustrations in this book version and will enjoy the familiarity of his story at Christmas.

19. Mr. Christmas – Roger Hargreaves

Anyone who grew up in the 70’s or later is likely to have fond memories of the Mr Men series with their colourful characters and fun stories. Mr. Christmas is Santa’s nephew, and one day receives a call from his uncle asking for help delivering presents to all the Mr. Men.

20. The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore

Perfectly capturing the anticipation and excitement of Christmas Eve, The Night Before Christmas is a magical story to share with your children. Written in verse, the story is great for young and older children and is ideal for reading aloud at bedtime.

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