A wonderful way to support your child’s development is by reading a wide variety of stories together. Deepen the magic of Christmas and the joy of reading with a beautifully written story over the festive period. Alice Rees, a Literacy leader, Deputy Headteacher and founder of Books Children Love shares her top 10 festive reads for children.
1+: ‘Dear Santa’ by Rod Campbell.
There is unwrapping to be done as your toddler lifts the flaps to find a Christmas present on every page. Simple and engaging illustrations promote opportunities for early language development.
2+: ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
Make predictions and discover what all your favourite Fairy Tale characters are sending and receiving at Christmas time in this beautifully illustrated tale by the much loved Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
2+: ‘Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers’ by Lynley Dodd.
Enjoy the magic of rhyme with Slinky Malinki. The beautifully decorated Christmas tree is just too tempting for our cheeky feline hero.
2+: ‘A very Corgi Christmas’ by Sam Hay and Loretta Schauer.
Two little corgies explore London together in the search of Christmas spirit, full of fun, adventure and how to be a good friend.
5+: ‘One Christmas Wish’ by Katherine Rundell.
From the author of the bestselling Rooftoppers, a simple wish on a Christmas Star leads to this warm and funny story about what really matters during the festive season. Beautiful illustrations by Emily Sutton add to the magic of this very special tale.
6+ ‘The Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher.
A long, long time ago, a faraway place, adventures, the North Pole, Santa Clause and a dinosaur. What more could you ask of a festive story? This tale will delight readers young and old.
7+ ‘The Snowman’ by Michael Morpurgo.
A beautifully written re-imagining of Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers.
8+ ‘The Night I met Father Christmas’ by Ben Miller.
A little boy knows everything there is to know about Christmas – except how Father Christmas came to be. Join him in his magical adventure full of fun, snow, mystery and the true spirit of Christmas.
9 + ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ by Matt Haig.
A heart-warming, magical and funny tale about a little boy who grew up to be Father Christmas.
10+ ‘The Way Past Winter’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
From the bestselling author of The Girl of Ink and Stars a wonderful, exciting, wintery tale of brave sisters fighting against the odds.