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