Top Ten Christmas Themed Books for Children

If you’re looking for stocking fillers for the kids, you won’t go far wrong than giving them one of these lovely Christmas themed books this year. They also come in handy for when they won’t go to bed ‘uncharacteristically early’ on Christmas Eve!

1
This Is the Star – Joyce Dunbar
Joyce Dunbar’s cumulative rhyming text and Gary Blythe’s stunning paintings combine to create a magnificent introduction to the story of Christ’s birth. A lyrical version of the Nativity story, illustrated by absolutely stunning oil paintings. A firm favourite at home and in the classroom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2
Little Tree – E.E. Cummings
Rewriting the story of a little tree destined for stardom, Raschka presents a flowing tale of true holiday spirit. A little tree, in the green forest, finds comfort in his home. But he often dreams if he’ll find his own family, and his own house to brighten as a Christmas tree. When a truck arrives to take him away, the tree knows he is on his way. Standing on a street corner in a busy little city, a lively family look for that perfect tree. And when they see little tree their search is over. They take him home and adorn him with ribbons and lights. “The little tree lifted up his little branches, like little arms, to show off all the little ornaments…” He had finally found his place in the world.

3The Jolly Christmas Postman – Janet and Allan 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 hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc.
 
 
 
 
 
4Little Women: Oxford Children’s Classics – Louisa May Alcott
If you love a good story, then look no further. Oxford Children’s Classics bring together the most unforgettable stories ever told. They’re books to treasure and return to again and again.

Times are hard for the March sisters – their father’s away at war and the family is short of money – but these girls don’t dwell on such matters and always look on the bright side. Whether it’s performing a play or getting on with day-to-day chores, the sisters can find the fun in any situation – but what fate holds in store for the girls, only time will tell.
 
 
 
 
5The Best Christmas Present in the World – Michael Morpurgo
The Best Christmas Present in the World is a haunting and memorable Christmas story from Britain’s best-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.

Echoes of Christmas 1914 in the trenches call to the present day when a letter found by chance in an antique desk brings one soldier’s experience hauntingly to life.

A typically spellbinding tale from the battlefields of World War One from former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. This vivid and emotive war story is matched by the stunning artwork from Michael Foreman. A picture book not to be missed at Christmas time.

6On Angel Wings – Michael Morpurgo
A young boy gets his wish after the other shepherds leave him behind in this golden, heart warming holiday tale from a leading author and illustrator.

“I bring you news of great joy. For tonight, in Bethlehem, a child has been born, a savior who is Christ the Lord.” When the shepherds are invited to follow the star to visit the child, one young boy is told to stay and mind the flock. But the Angel Gabriel returns for him, taking the boy on a magical, memorable flight to be the first to witness the Christmas miracle. With a gently wry narration by Michael Morpurgo and expressive illustrations by the extraordinary Quentin Blake, this inviting, uplifting story is destined to become a holiday tradition.

7A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens retold by Jane Parker Resnick
This classic tale, retold by Jane Parker Resnick, concerns one Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable person who finds that the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future are capable of changing his selfish ways to embrace the spirit of the festive season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8The Christmas Story – Ian Beck
This is a simple and exquisitely illustrated first Nativity book. High above the stables the night sky was filled with angels who gave thanks to God and welcomed the new baby with their beautiful music. A perfect first book of the Nativity; simply told and beautifully illustrated by Ian Beck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9The Mouse Before Christmas – Michael Garland
In an enchanting holiday tale from an award-winning illustrator, on Christmas Eve, a little mouse decides to stay awake to see Santa and ends up taking a wild ride in Santa’s sleigh before being returned home safe and sound. Full-colour illustrations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
Who’s that peeking out of the sleigh?

As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky onto the roof of a Victorian house in a snowy New England village, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father of the family narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, and artist Jan Brett captures the spirit in brilliant illustrations that reflect this memorable night. Visually she extends this favourite Christmas story for children, who will delight in watching the two mischievous stowaways from the North Pole enthusiastically exploring the sacks of gifts on the roof while St. Nick, unaware, journeys down the chimney… until the toys spill down onto the lawn and he turns with a jerk!

Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders in which sometimes the father, St. Nick, or the family cat and dog look on, as the story unfolds. A unique and beautiful edition to be cherished for years to come by all the family, especially the youngest, who find the night before Christmas perhaps the most exciting night of the year.

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