Christmas holiday book list

We all love a good book, why not teach our kids young with our Christmas holiday book list. Kensington Mums would like to thank Rebecca Dooley, founder of  London’s Little Thinkers for helping us, help our mums and families choose the best books for your children this festive holiday.

Goodnight Baby Moon by James Mitchem, illustrated by Claire Patane. Suitable for ages 0-1. The simple story introduces young readers to the moon phases in a lovely, reassuring manner and makes a charming bedtime read.

Book theme: Animal/Nature


Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Suitable for ages 2-3. Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s delightful illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share and rejoice in all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.

Book theme: Gratitude and Family


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Suitable for ages 4-5. This is an enchanting Christmas story, beautifully written and illustrated with pictures full of warmth and light evoking the excitement and magic of a childhood Christmas.

Book theme: Christmas

The Book with no pictures by BJ Novak Humour and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers Creativity. Suitable for 6-7 years old.

Book theme: Enormously funny book with no pictures that children (and adults!) will want to hear time and time again!!


Matilda, Roald Dahl. Suitable for 8-9. This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl’s best loved stories. Full of magic and mischief, children will love witnessing Matilda pit her strength, courage and cool intelligence against the nasty and spiteful adults in her life, and ultimately coming out on top.

Book theme: Adventure/Classic/Humour


Mr Stink by David Walliams. Suitable for 10-11. Irreverant and charming, this is a hilarious and surprisingly touching story about secrets, love and life.

Theme: humour

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.  Suitable for ages 12+. One I so clearly remember reading as a child. As well as being a compelling tale of love and friendship, this is an outstanding and thought-provoking exploration of the futility of prejudice. A contemporary classic.

Theme: Chapter Book