Share the joy of Christmas with a selection of Christmas books for children. Some are Christmas classics from Charles Dickens and J.R.R Tolkein, while some are a new twist on the usual festive themes from Raymond Briggs and Rod Campbell.
There's something for everyone to enjoy here; some will be perfect to share with children, some for reading aloud. You can learn something about Christmas in the past or maybe you just want to relive your childhood!
The perfect book to share with a new reader, Dear Santa is a festive book from Rod Campbell, author of Dear Zoo. A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present sets off a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing seems quite right and each time Santa thinks better of his choice.
There are lots of versions of The Night Before Christmas, the classic Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore available. This one is beautifully illustrated by Mary Engelbreit and was a New York Times bestseller. Relive this gentle tale of children's anticipation of Christmas.
Ever wondered how Santa knows when your asleep, if you've been good and just how he keeps so soot-free depite climbing down all those chimneys? All is revealed in this tell-all book How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow (yes really!).
Find out a very rude pantomime song, why making Christmas pudding used to be a crime and how to get rid of carol singers - horribly! In this festive book by Terry Deary, Horrible Christmas will show you foul but festive food, seasonal stories to send shivers down your spine and cruel yule disasters.
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The creator of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein wove his literary magic each year as he wrote letters to his children, supposedly from Father Christmas, telling them about his year. If your children love LOTR and The Hobbit they will love Letters From Father Christmas
For older children or as a great read aloud book, the classic Dickens' tale A Christmas Carol is a perfect read. The story has been retold so many times, and made into films and adapted for TV that you sometimes forget you never read the book.... This edition includes other Christmas writings by Charles Dickens.
Raymond Briggs' grumpy, cantankerous Father Christmas is a great antidote to some of the more cutesy Christmas books around. A great funny book for all ages from the author of Christmas classic The Snowman.
Dr Seuss' take on A Christmas Carol is a classic in it's own right with classic Seuss rhymes. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the reclusive Grinch tries to spoil Christmas by stealing all the presents, but the spirit of Christmas always wins in the end.
The Nutcracker is the classic ballet to take children to at Christmas, and a wonderful way to introduce children to ballet and theatre. Read the story with this beautifully illustrated book The Nutcracker: A Magical Pop-up Adventure, particularly if you plan to take the children to see it this Christmas!
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole, through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, The Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. If watching the movie is a Christmas tradition for you, your children will love to read the book just as much.
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