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Children’s recommended Christmas books

Our regular readers and reviewers talk about their favourite Christmas stories

Anticipating excitement is often a big part of sharing a Christmas story.
Jacob’s family love The Night Before Christmas by Clement. C. Moore ill. Angela Barrett. Jacob says ‘I love this book, I read it every Christmas Eve and it makes me feel excited. I was given this book by my Aunty and all our family like reading it as well!’ Jacob (6)
Lizzie also mentioned The Night before Christmas, she has lots of versions and likes comparing them. She also likes the ending of The Night after Christmas by Kes Gray as she likes counting down the days and being excited for Christmas.
Dylan and Esme both remember enjoying The Jolly Christmas Postman and How Winston Delivered Christmas but chose Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas as their favourite.  They remembered ‘The toys wrapping each other up and trying to keep still under the tree!’ Esme also loves The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling. She likes ‘How all the creatures that are lost go into another dimension.’
Noah chose How to Hide a Lion at Christmas by Helen Stephens. He loves stories about lions and in this book his favourite bit is when the lion falls asleep on a train and wakes up in the middle of nowhere.
Naomi remembers enjoying Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson. She likes it because it is very funny when Eloise writes on the hotel walls but sad at the same time because her family aren’t with her at Christmas.
Humour is often a big factor for children. Miles chose Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan. He says, ‘I like the numbers, it’s really funny and I like the nice pictures.’ George chose Rudey’s Windy Christmas by Helen Bough ill. Ben Mantle.  George thinks it’s funny that Father Christmas sleigh is fart powered in this story.
Classic Christmas stories stand the test of time and are passed down through the generations. Cassidy’s dad has fond memories of sharing The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and is now enjoying sharing this classic picturebook with his own daughter.
Sometimes a favourite is just too good to keep only for Christmas. Joshua loves
We’re Going on an Elf Hunt by Patch Moore. His mum Amy comments ‘He reads it all year round. It is just like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury but with lots of Christmassy differences. Joshua loves it when they climb over the marshmallow mountain.’
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