As a teacher, I get the opportunity to read books with children which I really enjoy. This is even better at Christmas time as stories can capture their imagination & keep the magic going. This post will include recommendations of both children & adult Christmassy books.
There are a few children’s Christmas books that I love and the first ones that I’m going to talk about are part of the A Boy Called Christmas Trilogy by Matt Haig. I received the first 2 books in the series last Christmas from my boyfriend (fabulous gift!) and read them in between Christmas & over new year & they were so clever! I am used to Matt Haig’s fabulous books for adults so I was excited to read the children’s versions.
A Boy Called Christmas is about Father Christmas as a child and how he became the figure that we know today. As he child, he faces loneliness, moral turmoil with his father & an unloving aunt.
Can you believe there was a time when no one in the world knew about him? A time when he was just an ordinary boy called Nikolas, living in the middle of nowhere, or the middle of Finland, doing nothing with magic except believing in it? A boy who knew very little about the world except the taste of mushroom soup, the feel of a cold north wind, and the stories he was told. And who only had a doll made out of a turnip to play with. But life was going to change for Nikolas, in ways he could never have imagined. Things were going to happen to him. Good things. Bad things. But if you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this book is full of impossible things. Are you still reading this? Good. (Elves would be proud.) Then let us begin.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas is about a little girl called Amelia who writes to Father Christmas asking for help with her seriously ill mother. Amelia is full of hope but in Elfhelm trouble is brewing with unhappy elves and trolls wrecking the North Pole and trying to get Christmas cancelled.
What does it take to believe in magic? It is Christmas Eve and all is not well. Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr Creeper’s workhouse and Christmas is in jeopardy. Magic is fading. If Christmas is to happen, Father Christmas knows he must find her.
With the help of some elves, eight reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens, the search for Amelia – and the secret of Christmas begins.
T’was the Night before Christmasby Clement C Moore is a classic! The perfect Christmas Eve story to wind down before bed as you await the arrival of Santa!
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The Gift by Cecelia Ahern is a wonderful story that battles the issue of time and how we think we don’t have enough of it but that we should spend it doing things that are truly important.
If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?
Lou Suffern wishes he could be in two places at once. His constant battle with the clock is a sensitive issue with his wife and family.
Gabe wishes he was somewhere warm. When Lou invites Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside his office, into the building and into his life, Lou’s world is changed beyond all measure.
A Christmas Carolby Charles Dickens is a fast favourite throughout the generations and one that countless movie adaptations have used.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children.
But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward.
The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman is one of my childhood favourites and has a ballet adapted from this story.
On Christmas Eve, Fritz and Marie excitedly await the arrival of Godfather Drosselmeier and the marvellous gifts he brings for them every year. When Marie discovers a curious nutcracker doll among the presents, she suddenly finds herself caught up in an age-old battle before being transported to a magical world of sugar-frosted castles, chocolate kings, and true love.
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen is a really beautiful but sad story of a little girl who is very, very poor and it is without a happy ending. I read this story a lot as a child as I remember it made me want to help those less fortunate & I was very sensitive to it. I still remember it & I know that I would want my future children to read it too.
The story of a young girl who attempts to sell her last bundle of matches on Christmas Eve. As the snow falls and the crowds pass her by, she strikes one of her matches, hoping for a little warmth. In its flame, she sees a vision of a roaring fire in a hot stove. The match goes out, taking the vision with it. A second match conjures a vision of a vast dining room complete with a feast fit for a king. The third match reveals a towering Christmas tree. With only a few matches left, she strikes them all and sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Only this time, it is more than a vision as the spirit of grandmother takes the little match girl with her into heaven.
Which books do you always try to read during Christmas time?
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