25 of the Best Christmas Book – *Bookclub Special (Part 2)*

Continuing on from our 25 favourite Christmas stories here are 10 more classics to add to your collection….

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Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant £6.43

This fab book is full of letters between a young called called Holly and a man she believes looks like Santa. As Holly learns about Lapland, reindeer’s and elves in this beautiful pen-pal style story book

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss £4

For over 40 years this zany tale of the ‘Grinch’ who attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-Ville (and also the basis of the Grinch movie starring Jim Carrey from 2000 – can you believe its was that long ago?)

Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans £6.39

A Christmas classic. I found a beautiful copy of this for Miss M in our local charity shop. Read my review here.

Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson £7.99

A little girl called Eloise lives in the Plaza hotel in New York – and this is how Christmas is done Eloise style. I am a big fan of these classic books – and although a little too long for Miss M they are a joy to flick through as Hilary Knight’s illustrations are beautiful. Read my review from last Christmas here.

The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson £9.09

Actress (screenwriter and director) Emma Thompson has written a few Peter Rabbit books – and as you would expect from this Oscar winning screenwriter they are beautifully told tales that remain true to the original style of Beatrix Potter. A wonderful modern update.

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Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson £4.49

Bears friends are determined that he stays awake to see Christmas – but when they fall asleep Bear has a few surprises in store for them. I’ve only recently discovered this classic and it’s a great addition to our Christmas bookshelf – I wonder if it was the inspiration behind the Bear and The Hare (the John Lewis advert and book from last year?)

The Snowman and The Snowdog by Raymond Briggs £4

This finger puppet book is just perfect for smaller children as it brings the snow dog to life for them. I loved this new story and animation follow up to the Snowman (see below) – I know lots of people that said it couldn’t compare to the original but as a story in its own right and for a new generation it is , in my opinion as beautiful as the first.

The Snowman y Raymond Briggs £4

It wouldn’t be a complete classic festive book round-up if I didn’t mention the Snowman. A firm family favourite for over 35 years. The wordless (of course!), picture book features the same pastel-like illustrations as the film. The story of a boy and his snowman that comes to life… surely it isn’t Christmas without the Snowman?

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg £9.09

Initially this may seem expensive for a children’s book – but when you look inside and see that every page is filled with letters or cards that you can open for each recipient you realise what a treat this is. Written by two of my favourite children’s authors this is the festive companion to The Jolly Postman.

The Nutcracker by Alison Jay £4

The well known ballet story is re-told for young readers as Clara is given a nutcracker toy and begins a magical journey to the Land of Sweets, a meeting with the sugar plum fairy and the evil Mouse King too. A beautiful book that will be treasured forever.

To see 5 more Christmas Tales read HERE

5 Comments

  1. December 9, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    We have a few of these and the new Peter Rabbit one is wrapped up for Christmas day but it does look beautiful! I like the look of Bear Stays Up For Christmas and Dear Father Christmas. I love getting our Christmas books out again, some great ideas for new ones xx

    • December 10, 2014 / 9:56 am

      Ahh the Peter Rabbit one is lovely! So, glad you found some ideas for some new books. The Bear stays up is very sweet…. thanks for stopping by x

  2. December 11, 2014 / 11:58 pm

    Love The Snowman – a book I remember having read to me as a child when I was very young and now I have the same book to read to my children!

    • December 21, 2014 / 8:19 pm

      Love the Snowman the illustrations are so beautiful x

  3. December 13, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Great choices – my son loves reading and would like the Father Christmas one 🙂

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