Every December, the libraries put out their loveliest selection of Christmas books. There always seem to be new books on offer and I can spend hours going through them all, carefully selecting which ones I will read at my storytelling events.
During my storytelling, depending on my audience, I will use a mixture of books, along with a brand new, unique story that I will create with the children’s help.
Over the years, I’ve found that a good children’s book is a mixture of great pictures, a lovely rhyme or story and some humor.
So, to make things a little easier for you to choose, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite Christmas books for you to read with your kids this festive season
The pictures in this book are stunning, they look so realistic that they really draw you into the story.
And the final page reveals that, when we read a book, we can be transported anywhere we want
Based on the classic Christmas song “Silent Night”, this book, again, is visually stunning with pictures of animals in the forest. It’s a beautiful book to read softly while you’re curled up in bed and waiting for sleep. When I read this one out loud at my evening Christmas events, the children really are silent and listening.
This is quite possibly the cutest Christmas book I’ve ever read and it’s says everything in it that I ever want to say to people at Christmas.
It’s a reminder that, amongst all of the busy-ness of Christmas, the most important part of it all is time with the ones we love. And a lovely opportunity for a cuddle at the end!
Each time I read this book, the final page gets an “awwww” - from the adults!
And it features penguins....I mean, come on, PENGUINS ARE THE CUTEST!!!
“Snowball” by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
This book actually doesn’t mention Christmas at all, but there’s snow it, so it works! A snowball lives at the top of a mountain all on his own and decides to roll down to the village to make friends, taking half the countryside with him as he goes. Fab pictures, great for a laugh.
“The Tooth Fairy’s Christmas” by Peter Bentley and Gary Parsons
The pictures in this book are beautiful. And the story is so original. All about how the tooth fairy helps Santa sneak into the houses on Christmas night. As you can imagine, fun and madness happens with a very sweet ending.
I hope you can start your own Christmas storybook tradition and have some quiet time this Christmas with plenty of good books. Pop into the library and spend some time selecting your favourites, which you can return again once Christmas is over and choose more next year instead!