Christmas Books

Read for Good recommends…Christmas Books

Do you have that one Christmas tradition that you just LOVE? In our house, on Christmas Eve, the naughty elves deliver a Christmas book and pyjamas just before bath time. My children, now 13 and 10, have now got a whole trunk full-to-bursting with Christmas books that are dutifully brought out every year to reflect upon and read (or is it just me who does that?!).  I’ve roped in the whole team to recommend some of our favourite children’s Christmas books. We hope that they may become yours too …

Younger Children

  • The Christmas Eve Tree, Delia Huddy 
  • The Empty Stocking, Richard Curtis 
  • The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson 
  • Christmas in Exeter Street, Diana Hendry
  • The Night Before Christmas, Clement Moore 
  • Where Snow Angels Go, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Father Christmas Needs a Wee!, Nicholas Allan
  • The Snowman, Raymond Briggs
  • The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg
  • Katie’s London Christmas, James Mayhew
  • Snow Bears, Martin Waddell
  • Snowglobe, Amy Wilson
  • One Snowy Night, Nick Butterworth
  • Stick Man, Julia Donaldson
  • Dear Santa, Rod Campbell
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman, Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg  
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve Board Book, Eric Carle 
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Karma Wilson 
  • Dasher, Matt Tavares 
  • Walk this World at Christmas Time, Debbie Powell
  • Pick a Pine Tree, Patricia Toht 

Older Children 

  • The Girl who Saved Christmas, Matt Haig
  • The Boy called Christmas, Matt Haig 
  • Father Christmas and Me, Matt Haig
  • Hetty Feather’s Christmas, Jaqueline Wilson 
  • The Night I met Father Christmas, Ben Miller
  • Father Christmas’s Fake Beard, Terry Pratchett

“One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


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