We love Christmas time and know you do, too. As you no doubt know by now, we also love books. And what better combination could there be than the two of them together? From children’s classics to contemporary bestsellers and one of the most famous tales ever told, here are some of our favourite Christmas-themed books.
Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come, this book has some of the most memorable characters to have ever featured in books – and we haven’t even mentioned everyone’s favourite miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, yet…
John Grisham – Skipping Christmas
Adapted into the Tim Allen-starring hit film Christmas with the Kranks, this novel found John Grisham moving away from the intense legal spotlight into something a lot lighter , funnierand sparkling. Luther and Nora Krank decide to get away from the hullaballoo of Christmas and spend it on the cruise, but this doesn’t come without consequences.
Raymond Briggs – Father Christmas/The Snowman
No-one has summed up the joy of the season better than Raymond Briggs in these two classic picture books, both of which have been adapted into staples of the Christmas TV schedule. Father Christmas shows you what the big man gets up to the rest of the year when he’s not delivering blooming presents; and The Snowman is a simply magical and poignant journey.
Shirley Hughes – Alfie’s Christmas
Shirley Hughes’ style is perfect for Christmas. Sure to get the nostalgic juices flowing, this perfect picture book finds the popular Alfie looking forward to Christmas and sharing in the joys of decorating the tree and giving presents.
Dr. Seuss – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
He’s green, he’s mean, he’s the Grinch! An outcast on Whoville, the Grinch hates Christmas and can’t stand the celebratory nature of the Whos. Told in Dr. Seuss’ trademark rhyming style, this is a crazy Christmas classic – and watching the cartoon version (or Ron Howard’s Jim Carrey-starring spectacular) is also a time-honoured TV tradition in America.
J.R.R. Tolkien – Letters from Father Christmas
The Lord of the Rings author also wrote a simply wonderful children’s book that celebrates Christmas in style. A must-read for fans of both the author and the holidays.
Dylan Thomas – A Child’s Christmas in Wales
This seasonal favourite finds the famous poet providing a lyrical account of his childhood Christmases spent in a small Welsh town. Featuring everything from wolves, bears and hippos to Mrs Prothero’s cat, it’s a timeless read.
The Elf on the Shelf
Every day, an elf watches children by day to report back to Father Christmas on if they’ve been good or if they’ll end up on the naughty list. By the time the children wake up, the elf has moved place as he plays hide-and-seek!
Janet and Allan Ahlberg – The Jolly Christmas Postman
A first-class read for children everywhere, this irresistible book follows the Jolly Christmas Postman as he does his festive rounds – and he finds letters from famous characters including Humpty Dumpty.
The Nativity Story
The most famous story ever told, this book will introduce children to the Nativity and the birth of baby Jesus.