Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives
This was a book my family loved! Father Christmas and the reindeer come out in spots so Mrs C has to make and deliver all of the presents. She comes up with a novel alternative for a reindeer-driven sleigh, and all ends well. Good for parents to read (repeatedly) too!
Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher
A beautiful retelling of the nativity, illustrated largely in black and white but with splashes of colour throughout. The story draws parallels to the situation of modern day refugees, it’s thought provoking and timely in its gentle beauty.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore
This is my absolute favourite Christmas book. I may be 45 years old but the first page : ” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”, combined with the magical pastel illustrations, never fails to ignite a tingle of anticipation and excitement about what is to come.
Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
Oh dear! Mog is not enjoying the festivities. As the Thomas family get ready for Christmas there’s just too much noise and disruption…and a walking, talking Christmas tree is absolutely the last straw! So Mog heads for the roof, much to the dismay of her family. Christmas wont be the same with Mog stuck up there! This was a favourite at Christmas when I was younger and I still love it now.
Elmer and Papa Red by David McKee
A seasonal story of our favourite patchwork elephant. Elmer takes charge of the baby elephants to let the older ones get ready for Christmas. They go to find a tree, see snow for the first time and wait excitedly for Papa Red. A lovely story with a twist at the end!
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
I just adore the descriptive language that Masefield uses within the imaginative elements of the story – the idea of being swift and small, changing into a fish, bird, stag…it’s very poetic in parts. Ultimately a good versus evil story set amongst snowy landscapes and it reminds me of cosy family evenings at home with great food!
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I like this even more than the Jolly Postman! Once again we follow the Jolly Postman on his snowy journey delivering cards to lots of familiar fairytale characters. Even Mr Wolf is embracing the spirit of Christmas: “All’s well and all’s merry, the wolf’s just eating pies and sherry” – and quite frankly that’s we all like to be doing!