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Get into the Christmas spirit with our top 5 festive books for children

2016 December 5

Christmas is the perfect time to rekindle your child’s love of books and reading.

Children’s Christmas books are filled with happiness, wonder and strong morals. Reading is a simple, easy activity that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, no matter the weather.

Encourage them to learn by reading aloud or helping them to read along.

What are you waiting for? Pick up a book today and spark their imagination.

See below for our recommended top 5 festive children’s books!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss (Ages 2+)

The ghastly Grinch refuses to be moved by the Christmas spirit in this must-have paperback version of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale.

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…”

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!

With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.

Mog’s Christmas – Judith Kerr (Ages 1+)

The house is full of strange bustling, there are new noises and new smells, and where is that tree going? Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and there she stays…until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump!

Mog’s antics have entertained countless children ever since her first appearance in 1970, making the lovable cat one of the most enduringly popular characters in children’s books.

Letter’s from Father Christmas – J.R.R Tolkein (Ages 3+)

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house!

Fancy Dress Christmas – Nick Sharratt (Ages 1+)

There’s a fancy dress Christmas party, and everyone’s in their best costumes. Children will love lifting the flaps to discover which animals are hiding behind the disguises. Mouse has come as a candle. Cat’s an Angel. But who has come as a Christmas tree? Is it Owl?

This festive follow-up to the very popular FANCY DRESS FARMYARD combines all those toddler favourites: peek-a-boo pages to turn, bouncy rhyming text and lots of animal noises to join in with.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S Lewis (Ages 6+)

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. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Bonus Book: A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (Ages 6+)

Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter miser, hates Christmas and everything it stands for, but the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future terrify him and thaw his frozen heart.  A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, has captured the public imagination, and is now itself part of the Christmas tradition, warming the heart like mince pies and mulled wine.

What are your favourite Christmas books? Share them in the comments below.

Please note that the ages above are merely suggestions.

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