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Christmas Reading to Do With Your Children

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Curl up on the couch with your children and some of these Christmas classics!

Christmas is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book and stay out of the cold. British Tutors selects the best Christmas reads around, hoping they will inspire you to read with your children or encourage them to delve into festive stories on their own. These books make perfect stocking fillers, too.

The Snowman

Raymond Briggs

Inspire your children’s imagination with this magical book that shows not every story needs words. We love this book for pre-schoolers who love looking at the illustrations as you put together the narrative yourselves.

Ages 2+

Happy Christmas Maisy

Lucy Cousins

An ideal book for sharing with toddlers who will enjoy all Maisy the mouse’s Christmas preparations. This would be a great present for children who already enjoy the other Maisy books, or a starting point for their collection.

Ages 2-5

The Christmas Story

The true meaning of Christmas is recounted in this delightful nativity story by Ian Beck. It’s a wonderful message for kids aged 3 and up.

The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore & Christopher Birmingham

Clement Moore’s timeless Christmas poem is beautifully illustrated in this lovely hardback edition. We recommend this for a wide range of ages – younger children will enjoy the rhythm of the verses while older children will enjoy reading the poem aloud.

Ages 3-10

The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems

Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark

This enchanting poetry anthology is perfect for reading aloud.

Ages 4+

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg

A Caldecott Award winning book, this poignant tale of a journey to the North Pole is loved by all ages.

Ages 4-7

Madeline’s Christmas

Ludwig Bemelmans

It is Christmas Eve, and our feisty heroine Madeline is up to another fantastical adventure. The beautiful hardback Madeline books make excellent and lasting Christmas presents.

Ages 4-8

Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

Michael Morpurgo

A wonderful collection from a master storyteller. At British Tutors, we are all big fans of Michael Morpurgo for his imaginative stories that spark children’s curiosity.

Age 5+

Letters from Father Christmas

J.R.R. Tolkien

Hobbit author J.R.R.Tolkein created these charming letters for his own children at Christmas time to capture all the fun of life at the North Pole. This is a beautifully illustrated classic collection which we have used as inspiration for our students to write letters of their own.

Age 6+

The Empty Stocking

Richard Curtis illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Award-winning writer and film director Richard Curtis has written this perfect Christmas story full of mischief and humour. Parents will enjoy reading this as much as their children and it makes a fun, modern addition to any Christmas library.

Age 6+

The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories

Ian Whybrow

An engaging collection of seasonal stories from writers such as Hans Christian Anderson and L.M. Montgomery.

Ages 7-10

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens & Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake’s joyous illustrations bring Charles Dickens’ classic tale of self discovery to life.

Age 8+

The Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories

Joan Aiken illustrated by Quentin Blake

Short story collections work especially well for bedtime reading. This beautifully illustrated collection of whimsical and thought-provoking stories is perfect for cold winter nights. Children love the pictures by a British Tutors favourite, Quentin Blake.

Age 9+

The Snow Merchant

Sam Gayton

A mysterious frozen man appears with a miraculous invention in this quirky tale of self-discovery and friendship. This is a perfect book for older readers; why not give it to a child at the beginning of the school holidays and challenge them to finish it by the end?

Age 10+

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