There is much excitement in our house as our small collection of Christmas books have come down from the top of our old cupboard. Reading festive stories to the children is one of my favourite ways to get in the spirit of things, there is a magic to Christmas stories, the excitement and joy and the tales of kindness and family never fail to warm my heart. Here are five of our favourites:
1. Lucy & Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes
We love all of Shirley Hughes books and have a number from the Alfie and Lucy & Tom series. This book is Elsie’s favourite and is full of nostalgia. It features beautiful illustrations depicting the magic of preparing for Christmas as a family.
2. I Love You Father Christmas By Emma Dodd & Giles Andreae
A simple rhyming book with sweet illustrations about sending your wishes to Father Christmas. It’s written in simple text so is perfect for early readers to read aloud to you.
3. The Night Before Christmas By Clement C Moore
A classic Christmas story with lovely illustrations, not just for the night before Christmas.
4. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
We have a number of Judith Kerr books that we love. I remember my mother reading them to me as a child and the pencil drawn illustrations are full of charm. Mog is a clumsy cat prone to accidents and this funny book is about Mog getting tangled in some tinsel which catches fire and how everyone pulls together to help put it out. The meaning behind the story is that family and community is what matters most at Christmas.
5. The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
I added this to our collection this year and I’m so pleased I did. It’s a really lovely book with charming illustrations telling the tale of Father Christmas preparing for his big journey.
What are your favourite Christmas reads? Please feel free to share links and titles in the comments below.