Twas the night before Christmas!

One of my favourite parts of Christmas when I was younger was when I would sit with my mam and she would read me a Christmas story. I have a book called favourite christmas stories, now practically falling apart and signed by my nana but it was a much loved book for many years. Even now I read that book when I’m feeling nostalgic. I think this is why I have such a love for picture books, why I collect them.

So today I thought I would pass on the joy and suggest some books you can read with your little ones over Christmas. Maybe you’ll find a book you treasure. 

Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis

Pick a pine tree is a beautifully illustrated book about picking the best tree and decorating it. It goes through the whole process of picking the perfect tree, getting the boxes of decorations out and inviting people over to have a decorating party! The book is written rhythmically and the drawings are so pretty. I think this would be a good book to read the night before or after you’ve put your own tree up. There’s also a halloween version. 

All I Want For Christmas by Rachel Bright 

So this story involves penguins, one of my favourite animals, and because of this I love this book no matter what. Also the very cute story sure helps! The countdown for Christmas had begun and there’s a lot for little penguin to do, writing to Santa and decorating the tree. Only problem is little penguin doesn’t know what he wants for Christmas! Through this story we follow little penguin work out that all he wants for Christmas is …

Last Stop On The Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Karl James Mountford.

Another beautifully illustrated story book that I think would appeal to both adults and young children. Mia misses her grandpa and knows Christmas won’t be the same without him, so she goes on a magical paper adventure through a letterbox to get him back. But what will she find at the end of her adventure? 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss 

I guess this is one story we all know and have probably all see one of the films based on this book. But I really think the book is worth checking out too, well written in rhyme and beautifully drawing I think it’s the perfect book you could read with a child over and over again every Christmas. Check out other Dr. Seuss books too! 

Morris Wants More by Joshua Seigal

This one I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add of not because … if you know then you know, the illustrator was getting very close to some things they shouldn’t. But it’s a good interesting book with a good message so I thought it was worth mentioning. 

Morris Wants more is about a very rich boy who wants the biggest and best gifts for Christmas. This a good book for teaching kids about being thankful for the gifts they’re given. 

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This is a book that needs very little explanation and I’m sure a lot of you this is already a Christmas tradition to read but I thought it was most definitely worth a mention. The Snowman is about a young boy that goes out to build a snow that comes to life. It’s a beautiful magical story that really had that feeling of Christmas. If you don’t want to read the book most definitely check out the movie.  

And there’s so many other books I could mention but I thought it was best to stop it here. I posted a blog post here about why reading to children is important so check this out if this is something you’re interested in and let me know if there’s any books you would recommend! 

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