After we got our tree and put up the decorations last weekend, Imogen walked around the house in confusion, finally demanding “WHERE ARE THE BOOKS?!”
Daddy was sent back up to the roof-space to retrieve the most important bag – the Christmas book collection. In our house it is added to at the start of December with a new Christmas book from Nana.
If you are a book-buying nana/auntie/dad/teacher/friend and you would like some ideas for this Christmas, here are our very favourite Christmas books (so far!):
How Winston Delivered Christmas (An Advent Story In Twenty-Four-And-A-Half Chapters) by Alex T. Smith
It could be fun to read this story with a grown-up, or even your whole family – get cosy and read your chapter together. Maybe have a biscuit at the same time. Books and biscuits go so nicely together, I think.
I think so too, Alex Smith! This is a gorgeous, wonderfully illustrated, hard-back book with a chapter for each day in the run-up to the 25th. Each chapter features its own (simple) Christmas activity. For children, like mine, whose love language is sticky tape and scissors, this is a total winner. Gorgeous in every way and an absolutely beautiful book to give as a present.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
And what happened then…? Well… in Who-ville they say, that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!
Olivia’s favourite. This is a delight to read aloud, nobody does rhyme and rhythm like Dr Seuss. There is Grinch merchandise everywhere at Christmas but it tends to portray the grumpy, mean-spirited Grinch and not the joyus heart of the story. You can’t beat the book.
Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Hendry
Everyone agreed that the house in Exeter Street was the best place of all to be at Christmas time. The little black cat, curled up in Mrs Mistletoe’s lap, thought he might stay until next Christmas and Lily-Lou, snuggled up in Uncle Bartholomew’s arms, waved her little curly fingers at the Christmas tree and smiled and smiled and smiled.
Lovely, funny and a joy to read aloud, this is probably my current favourite. It’s Christmas eve and there are guests in every nook and cranny of the house in Exeter Street – wonderfully illustrated by John Lawrence. My girls would describe this book as “the good kind of weird”.
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
One day Mog woke up and nothing was right in her house.
This was the book that introduced us to Mog, so it has a special place in our hearts. The audiobook is lovely too.
How Many Sleeps ‘Til Christmas? by Mark Sperring
WAKE UP! I think it’s Christmas Day!
Little Pip wakes Daddy Grizzle up every morning convinced that Christmas is HERE. Sound familiar?!
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The One who made us has come to live with us!
A Christmas board book that captures the celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus. Grass and trees, robins and bees all spread the word.
CS Lewis once said “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Our favourite Christmas books are enjoyed by the whole house. What about your house? What would you add to the list?