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Best Christmas books

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 DickensA 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 GrishamSkipping 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 BriggsFather 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 HughesAlfie’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. SeussHow 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. TolkienLetters 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 ThomasA 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 AhlbergThe 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.


Santa is Coming to Your Town with our hand-picked collection of festive books

Santa is coming to your town book

‘He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town…’

With a Christmas tree going up in our office and our festive hand-picked favourites flying out of our warehouse, all of us at Book People are very excited about the most wonderful time of the year.

The adverts are now on your TV, the lights are going up in your local shopping centre and you’ll soon be thinking about your own decorations. As we head towards the big day, we have found the perfect book for your children to read over and over again in the build-up – Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Localised books which find the big man setting the Santanav (who knew?) for 26 towns and cities throughout the UK, your children will love joining him on his magical sleigh ride and seeing the delightful sites of everywhere from Basingstoke to Blackpool and Southampton to Sheffield.

Illustrated throughout, Santa and the reindeer fly over the city as the distinctive features of each location or area are replicated in the gorgeous artwork. A brilliant gift either for Christmas or to get people excited about the big day, these books are sure to raise a smile and inspire suitable levels of festive excitement.

There are even colouring books based around some specific locations, too!

The cities, towns and counties where Santa is coming to town in 2015:

Basingstoke

Blackpool

Bournemouth and Poole

Bradford

Brighton

Cardiff (Colouring)

Chelmsford

Cheshire

Chesterfield

Edinburgh (Colouring)

Colchester

Devon

Newcastle (Colouring)

Dundee (Colouring)

Lancashire

Lincoln

Liverpool

Manchester

Reading

Redbridge

Sheffield (Colouring)

Southampton

Wiltshire

Winchester

Wolverhampton

Yorkshire


Book People’s favourite Christmas characters

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so all of us here at Book People are getting into the Christmas spirit and celebrating our favourite festive characters. Who would you choose as your most-loved?

Father Christmas

Have you ever wondered what Father Christmas did the other 364 days of the year? This blooming brilliant book will show you…

 

The Snowman

We all watch it every year on Channel 4 without fail and The Snowman book is just as magical. You know you’ll laugh and cry every time you read it.

 

Ebenezer Scrooge

One of the most memorable characters in fiction (and surely Michael Caine’s defining role. Yes, we’re being serious…), the tale of Scrooge finding his lost kindness will continue to define Christmas for generations of readers.

 

The Grinch

The audacity of it all… He actually went and stole Christmas! But the grouchy Grinch also learned the value of the holiday through the kindly Whos of Whoville.

 

Mrs Scrooge

A new addition to the list, Mrs Scrooge follows in the footsteps of her late miser husband but in former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s book, she also discovers there’s more to life when you let the kindness in.

 

The Jolly Christmas Postman

While doing his rounds, the Jolly Christmas Postman comes across many fairy tale characters who are more than happy to share their Christmas wishes.


Christmas activity books!

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year but many children will find themselves getting restless as the excitement of the build-up becomes too much. What better way to calm them down then by getting them to take part in some delightfully fun and festive activities? The Book People has activity books for all ages – from the fun of designing a placemat for Christmas Dinner to finding festive things to draw, it’s a quite sparkling selection we’re sure you’ll agree.

My Big Book of Christmas Activities is a huge book packed with pocket-money projects that will inspire the creativity of any little one this Christmas time. Children who love to colour in will find plenty to enjoy in our 3-book Christmas Colouring Collection, which comes with plenty of stickers and our Christmas Activity Placemats book has also quickly established itself as a Book People favourite! A great way to keep children entertained during any Christmas meal, they’ll love adding their personal touch to the fill-in designs that will decorate the table in time for Christmas lunch in style!

From snowmen to presents and penguins, the Winter Wishes Sticker Book gives children the perfect chance to add a touch of originality to their cards and gift tags this year. Santa’s Beard  is also another awesome original Christmas book. With a velcro beard to try on a variety of faces and a final spread where it gets back to its rightful place, it’s perfect for anyone excited to put the mince pies and carrot out on Christmas Eve. To help children learn the traditional Christmas story, My Nativity Colouring and Sticker Book has activities that help children learn about Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men – there are even press-out characters included.

Another bumper book of puzzles and activities is Bloomsbury’s My Christmas Activity and Sticker Book. Full of brightly coloured characters and amazing activities, it will help warm up anyone on a cold winter night! Christmas Things to Draw is bursting with wintry inspiration and Toddler Christmas has plenty of festive activities, puzzles, games and stories to enjoy – all complemented by Katie Sanders’ beautiful artwork.

Make Christmas 2014 a Christmas full of activities!


Film and TV books from the Book People

2014 has been a brilliant year for film and TV – and what could make a more perfect Christmas gift that ties in with someone you know’s favourite programme or movie of the year? The Book People has all the best film and TV books of the year – and they’re all available with huge savings off the price you’d be paying in the high street shops.

Film

Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was a brilliant adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s much talked-about novel and we have the hardback edition of the book (complete with a jacket from the film) available. Already a bestseller, the film not only attracted many more fans to this most twisting and twisted of thrillers but is also attracting some awards buzz.

Following in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner has been one of the highest-grossing young adult fiction novels of the year. Telling the story of Thomas, a young teenager who wakes up in a strange place with no memory other than his first name, we have the trilogy available so that fans of the film who were blown away by the film’s cliffhanger ending will be able to read on!

Every film fan is eagerly awaiting December 2015 when The Force Awakens in the seventh Star Wars film. Starring the original cast, it’s bound to bring the story of ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ to an entire new generation of Jedis. We have so many great Star Wars books to help children (and grown-ups) learn all about the history of the likes of Luke Skywalker, Yoda and R2-D2 – from sticker books to enyclopedias and annuals.

Frozen is still one of the biggest films around and many families will be settling down for a Christmas Day sing-along of ‘Let It Go’ come 25 December. We have so many great books featuring the likes of Elsa, Anna and Olaf the Snowman – sure to warm the hearts of any Frozen fan over Christmas! Disney now also owns Marvel and with the second Avengers film released in cinemas in 2015, the comic book superheroes are showing no signs of slowing down in popularity – our huge encyclopedia has all the information any Marvel fan will need to learn about this huge universe!

TV

This Christmas Day after the turkey’s been devoured and the family are playing all sorts of games, why not bring the Pointless Quiz Book out and see if you can beat Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman? And then when it’s time for the traditional Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day special, you can enjoy the 2015 Strictly annual – packed full of all the glitz, glamour and gossip from the hit show. Another festive tradition is the Christmas Day Doctor Who special (with Peter Capaldi making his first appearance in a festive edition this year) and we have many books about the Doctor and his friends including Clara Oswald and foes including Daleks and the Cybermen.

Many Doctor Who fans also love Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in BBC’s Sherlock series and with the show not back until its Christmas special in 2015, the Sherlock Chronicles will help ease the pain of missing Baker Street’s most famous detective. Another extremely clever man is Professor. Brian Cox and in his Human Universe documentary, he tried to examine who we as the human race are, where we came from and why we do what we do. The hardback edition of Human Universe is simply beautiful – one of the best books for Christmas 2014.

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