My Selection of the Best Christmas Books for Kids
Tried and Tested Best Christmas Books for Children
The gift of a classic children's book will last them a lifetime but it isn't very easy to choose the best Christmas books for children. I've gathered a list of all the old favourites - the very best Christmas stories and children's classics; all those books beloved by children over the years and passed on in turn to their own children. Many classic tales are aimed at children and should be part of every child's basic education. Who doesn't know who Alice in Wonderland is? How sad not to have read Pinocchio.
If you are now convinced that the perfect gift is a book for Christmas, then the next question is "which one?".
The shops are full of books for children, but which are the best ones to choose? This is a personal list of Christmassy books that my son and I have both enjoyed the most over the years and I hope that you and the children in your life love them as much.
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Why a Classic Christmas Book is Such a Great Gift For Children
Classic books - give them the gift this Christmas
Reading to children is a great pleasure, especially when the books are first-class, but children gain so much more through reading than a little entertainment. Sitting together, snuggled up on the sofa on Christmas day will bring you close together both physically and emotionally.
Children enjoy the attention, they love having you all to themselves; give them the gift of your time. They learn some great tales that will stay with them a life-time and they'll take it all in - the pictures, the story, the morals, the fun and the sorrow - give them the gift of cultural knowledge. They'll also be looking keenly at the text and it won't be long before they start to put two and two together - the gift of effortless reading!
So why don't you give them the gift this Christmas?
New Books for Kids for Christmas 2013
My pick of the best for children's book this Christmas
An Otis Christmas Book - A new Otis book especially for Christmas 2013
An Otis Christmas is a newly published (October 2013) Otis book especially for Christmas. The little old Tractor, Otis, who loves his farmer and farm but was ousted by a big, brand new yellow tractor, receives his very first Christmas present, a splendid new, shiny horn.
Just have a look a the quality of the illustrations and the timeless tone of the story and I think you'll agree that this, like so many of my choices below, will be the Christmas classics of the future.
But there's much more to this story - snow storms and a foal to be born mean Otis has to dash to the rescue. A bit like The Polar Express, the fabulous illustrations have a vintage feel that takes us back to Christmases gone by. Another timeless Christmas book for kids.
An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
More Magical Children's Christmas Books for 2013 - New books that may become the classics of the future
On the first day of Christmas .... a parrot in a palm tree! Get the picture? What fun. Suitable for children aged 3 and upwards - great for developing memory.
Who wouldn't want a little peace and quiet at Christmas? You can get it and still give the kids a treat with this Christmas Quiet book.
Iillustrated by Richard Cowdrey this is the story of a stranger who arrives in a small town and tells Lucy the legend of the candy cane. Suitable for 4 years upwards.
Following on from A Dog Named Christmas, Todd McCray is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal sheltealong with Laura, a Labrador retriever called Christmas and canine friend Gracie. Together they help Laura overcome her day-to-day difficulties.
Retold rhyming story from 1959 with illustrations by Eloise Wilkin. Lets see what Santa brought for Baby's first Christmas ...
Christmas books that over the years have stood the test of time - children's Christmas classics
The Grinch is One of My All-time Favourites - Dr Seuss is Fantastic
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my all-time favourites. I loved Dr Seuss when I was a child, my son loves the stories and I have loved re-reading them. Fabulous stories, great illustrations, morally uplifting, silly language and wonderful rhymes - what more could you want?
The Grinch was different from the start, he arrived in a black umbrella on the doorstep of two spinsterish women and was laughed at and mocked by all the other children. Eventually he took himself off to live in the hills above the town - but still within earshot of the sickening sounds of merriment at Christmas. Find out what happens when one sweet little girl meets the Grinch and changes his life.
And The Grinch is a Superb Film Too
My son and the whole family loved the film version of The Grinch and I have watched it more times than I can count. Never-the-less, each time I saw the film, I spotted jokes and little things that I had missed first, second, third ..... time around. Funny, poignant and with a great Christmas Spirit message this film is a winner for Christmas Day.
A wonderful story with a great message for a world that is full of waste and commercialism.
Preview of the film of The Grinch - Starring Jim Carrey
Fly with the Snowman
Authors Who Come up With the Christmas Goodies
Authors who can be relied on to come up with the goods
There are so many tried and tested authors who always come up with books that kids will love. They wrote the classics of the past and are writing the classics of the future. Here are just a few of my favourites.
These are authors that my son and I have loved over the last decade. They are suitable for younger children, say 3 - 7 years, and they can be relied on for a good story and super illustrations.
A Charlie Brown ChristmasOct 16, 2003by Charles M. Schulz
The NutcrackerSep 18, 1999by Janet Schulman and E. T. A. Hoffmann
Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice (Little Golden Book)Sep 9, 2014by Richard Scarry
Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)Jan 1, 1978by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak
Little Princess and her sledge
I love the Little Princess, the child-like drawings and her naughtiness. The Little Princess helped me to learn French so I can vouch for their linguistic efficacy.
Your Favourite Christmas Books for children - Tell me about your favourite childrens books at Christmas time
What are your favourite stories for children at Christmas? Are they included here? If not, do add yours to the comments box and I'll include it in the list to help other readers find the best books for children.
Is your favourite children's Christmas book on my list
© 2010 Barbara Walton