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What are good Christmas books for children to read? Remember that feeling of having all the time in the world during your Christmas holidays when you could read so many books and had no social obligations? Casting your mind back to your childhood, how much did you enjoy reading books over the holidays?
Children are becoming more sophisticated with their taste in books and more demanding: would some book classics accommodate their needs? I guess the most important thing is to guide children to help them make some choices and discuss what books they like and don’t like.
Here’s a selection of a few excellent children’s Christmas books that will inspire and fire the imagination.
J.R.R. Tolkien told awesome tales about the North Pole and Father Christmas and collected them in handwritten letters with drawings. Tolkien wrote letters from Santa to his children narrating humorous stories of the elves, polar bears and reindeers. A charming book from the author of Lord of the Rings – you can imagine J.R.R. Tolkien reading the letters from Santa to his children and entertain them with stories and anecdotes from the North Pole.
C.C. Moore wrote The Night before Christmas in 1823 but the magic of the book is still unchanged after all these years and is still a popular choice for Christmas presents. The book makes you think of snuggling up in front of the fireplace reading the poem out loud with the children and create some wonderful memories for years to come. This book has been passed on from generation to generation and also makes a good stocking filler for Christmas.
An ode to the spirit of Christmas and doing away with the whole commercial side of it. The Grinch is a grumpy character who hates Christmas so he sets off to steal everybody’s Christmas decorations. This a moral tale of the true value of Christmas so young readers can appreciate it’s not just about getting (expensive) gifts – who knows, will a book like the Grinch be compelling enough to make your kids look away from their X Box or PlayStation?
However, if the book doesn’t manage to do so, your children may be interested in the movie version starring Jim Carrey or these other similar movies.
Do you have any Christmas books that you read as a child that you are still fond of?
I personally read non-Christmas related books as a child during the holidays, what about you? Add your favourite titles in the comments below.