This has been an amazing year for Christmas books and this is just a small selection of those that are available
“A Tree for Christmas (Winnie the Pooh)” written by Jane Riorden is a charming little story about how Christmas came to the Hundred Acre Wood, with a little help from Christopher Robin and the wonderful animals in the wood. It is in a miniature format which is disappointing but it is still worth reading to the young ones in your life.
“A Newborn Child” by Jackie Morris is a totally wonderful, magical retelling of the Christmas story. the author has created the most sumptuous illustrations and the text is short but totally reflective of the images. The name Jackie Morris always means quality and she has maintained her high standards with this book. It is a real classic.
“Bah! Humbug” by Michael Rosen and Tony Ross is another way of re-telling the story from “A Christmas Carol”. Harry is playing the role of Scrooge in the school play and desperately wants his dad to attend, but that is beginning to look very unlikely. There is a very poignant and yet uplifting contrast between the plot of the play and the everyday life that harry is having to cope with. Yet another one to add to my Christmas shelf.
“One Christmas Wish” by Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton is a beautifully written and illustrated story about young Theo who has been left at home on Christmas Eve while his parents are both still at work. When he thinks he sees a shooting star he makes a wish that he could have some friends for company and that is when the magic starts. The book is truly lovely object and has a feel of the 1950s about it; the paper is thick and creamy, the illustrations are of the period and the colour palette is bright but without the harshness that is often found today.
“The Girl who saved Christmas” by Matt Haig is the final part of his trilogy about how Father Christmas took on his role. A fantastic ending and a reminder that we have to ‘believe’ if we are to keep the magic of Christmas
“I killed Father Christmas” by Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell is a very funny story of what happens when people misunderstand what they hear. This is a delightful story from Barrington Stoke with matching colour illustrations from our previous Children’s Laureate.
“The Midnight Peacock” by Katherine Woodfine is the really great finale to her series about Sinclair’s Department Store. Our heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves spending the holiday at Winter Hall but danger and intrigue seems to have followed them. A cracking read and thankfully there is a hint that the girls will be back for more adventures in the future.
“Jingle Bells” by Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton is a collection of stories about Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, with the first one being about their attempt to save Santa’s sleigh after it is taken. This is great fun as always.
“The untold story of Father Christmas” by Alison and Mike Battle with Lauren A Mills is another version of how this mythical character became the person we know today. The cover is sumptuous and the illustrations are beautiful, with soft and glowing colours and a feel of Scandinavian scenery. This is for KS2 children probably, but is a great read for telling to younger ones.
“Let it glow” by Owen Gildersleeve is a charming look at what a child sees around him on his way hoe from the town and with a very precious package. The illustrations are based on very intricate paper collage and this gives a 3-D effect.There is also a battery at the back of the book, which provides lights at different points in the story. The very young children will love this.
“The Nutcracker (The story of the orchestra)” illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle is one for those who love their ballet. This is a very straightforward re-telling of the story but with the magical addition of small excerpts of music; you press the relevant button and are transported to the performance. It would make a wonderful gift for someone about to attend their first performance.
I know that this is late for the festive season but it will give you a head start for the coming year! have a wonderful time reading and talking about books.