We love reading books in our house. But we especially love reading Christmas books. This is a list of our favs to read this silly season.
For some reason, reading to my children is even lovelier at Christmas time. Something magical must be in the air. This magic seems to make me stop thinking about the dirty dishes to wash, clothes to fold, bags to pack and the hundreds of other things on my to do list. I’m more relaxed and in the moment.
My favourite children’s Christmas books are a mixture of traditional stories and spin-offs from well known children’s books or series. The spin-offs are fun because the characters are familiar to my kids. But the traditional Christmas stories leave me feeling warm and fuzzy, and just a little nostalgic.
Here are some of my favourites with the links to buy them from Booktopia if your heart desires.
The Jolly Christmas Postman
By Janet Ahlberg
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 and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone’s favourite postman is now 20 years old and celebrates with a brand new cover look.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
By Dr Seuss
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.
Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers
By Lynley Dodd
It’s Christmas in Slinky Malinki’s house and the rapscallion, mischievous cat is most curious about the Christmas tree. With its reindeer, ribbons, baubles and bells, it’s too tempting a treat for Slinky not to investigate. So Slinky Malinki, with mischievous glee, creeps out from the shadows to climb up the tree .
The Night Before Christmas
By Clement C Moore
While his family sleeps on Christmas Eve, a man is preparing to go to bed when he hears Santa Claus flying through the sky to his house. He goes downstairs to see what’s going on and runs into Father Christmas himself.
By Eric Hill
The Christmas season is a very busy time, and Spot knows that as well as anyone else. Everyone in Spot’s house has something to do: there’s the tree to put up and decorate, presents to make and wrap, and Mom needs Spot’s help in the kitchen. Spot is so excited, keeping a sharp eye out for any flying reindeer, he almost forgets to leave milk and cookies for Santa!
By Norman Bridwell
It only takes a little to BE BIG! It’s Christmas time for Emily Elizabeth and Clifford! While they count down the days to their favorite holiday, Clifford makes a snowman, gets a tree, and finds a surprise in his stocking.The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD’S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.
By Eric Carle
It’s December 24th, and a kindly old man says good night to all the animals in the barn. As he settles into bed, he wonders when it’s ever going to snow. He dreams that a snowstorm comes and covers him in a snowy blanket while he sleeps. Then he dreams that a snow blanket covers each of the animals in the barn, one by one. As we read, we lift snowy-white acetate pages for each animal to discover which one is behind them.
When the man awakens, he finds that the animals have not been buried by the snow, but that it has snowed quite a bit. Finally he remembers something… He goes back outside, puts some gifts underneath the tree for his animals, and presses a button that activates a snowy melody. In true Eric Carle fashion, the button is a real button that the reader presses in order to activate the melody.
The Polar Express
By Chris Van Allsburg
Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, 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 modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.
There Was an Old Bloke Who Swallowed a Present
By P. Crumble
There was an old bloke who swallowed a present.
I don’t know why he swallowed a present…
Now that’s not pleasant!
The old bloke has swallowed one of Santa’s presents! Keep an eye on your Christmas tree and guard your stockings because now he’s on the hunt for more Christmas snacks!
Pig the Elf
By Aaron Blabey
Santa was coming! ‘Twas bigger than big! No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the worlds greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents! Another laugh-out-loud book filled with holiday cheer, from the award-winning creator of Pig the Pug.
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