“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
Charles M. Schulz (Creator, Peanuts comic strip)
As the most wonderful time of the year creeps closer, the weather starts getting colder, bright twinkling lights grace the trees and neighbourhoods, and all the little ones await Father Christmas’s arrival.
This holiday season, let this “little something extra” be a cosy night in with the little ones, curled up on the cosy sofa some Christmas books. Alongside of sitting in front of the TV to watch magical Christmas movies, indulge in the heart-warming tale of the Grinch whose heart grew three times.
Children’s Christmas books are great for getting your child excited for the season.
To help you get started with some ideas, here is a list of some of the most popular children’s Christmas books you can borrow from your library or leave wrapped under the tree for your little one.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This Dr. Seuss classic has to be one of the most known Christmas books around the world. Also made into a wonderful movie, the book entails the story about how a shameful Grinch plots to cancel Christmas, but to his utmost surprise, he finds that there is much more to Christmas than presents.
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition
Elf on the Shelf has become a popular Christmas tradition among families with young children. The picture book tells the little ones how Father Christmas keeps an eye on who is well and misbehaved. The elves visit the children and report back to Father Christmas himself.
The Polar Express
You can find various versions of this classic story. Even though the movie is also a great experience, the book never gets old. You and your child can go on a train journey across to the North Pole to visit Santa Clause. It’s a longer story with but is pure Christmas magic.
A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens, the story tells how a miser called Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. It is a warming tale of how an angry and miserable man is transformed from hating Christmas time to being a gentle and kind soul celebrating what the season brings; the book is perfect for children older than 5 years.
The story of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King has been told many times. From Barbie movies to ballet ensembles and several picture books, you can find your favourite one and discover how the Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince on Christmas Eve.
Written by Tom Fletcher – musician and singer of the popular UK band McFly, The Christmasaurus is a children’s Christmas book with dinosaurs. It’s the best combination a little one can ask for!
The story tells of how Santa sits on an egg he finds in the North Pole and ends up hatching a dinosaur. Combined with cute illustrations, the book is a read any child will love.
A World of Christmas Books
The children’s Christmas books mentioned here are only a few among a plethora of others. There are many from all around the world. You can find picture books telling the tale of Jesus’s birth along with other holiday books for children who celebrate other holidays. For example, Meet the Latkes, and All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah tells the story of Hanukkah.
Head to your local bookshop or library to shuffle the shelves and find ones you and your child find intriguing.