Thu, 29 Nov, 2018
Christmas books to read with kids
There are hundreds of festive films and songs out there to get you in the Yuletide spirit, but we reckon there’s nothing better than reading a magical Christmas book through the eyes of a bright-eyed youngster. Here are our top picks to read with the special children in your life on Christmas day.
1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Since its release in 1985, Van Allsburg’s picture book The Polar Express has become a Christmas classic. It tells the tale of a young boy who boards a train called – you guessed it – The Polar Express and finds himself on a journey to the North Pole. When Santa offers him any gift he desires, the young boy asks for a bell from one of the reindeer’s harnesses. He soon realises the bell is magical, only able to be heard by those who truly believe in Santa.
2. An Aussie Night Before Christmas adapted by Yvonne Morrison
This uniquely Aussie tale brings Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem “The Night Before Christmas” a bit closer to home. Every line has been cleverly adapted to suit young Australian readers who can relate to utes, kangaroos and sunshine more than a sleigh, some reindeers and snow! This fresh take on the traditional tale will be a hit with kids and big kids alike.
3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Introduce your grandkids to Dickens’ iconic story – and revisit it yourself – with this easy-to-follow, beautifully illustrated edition. Follow Christmas-hating Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a life-changing journey through the past, present and future that shakes him to the core and shows him how to love the festive season once more.
4. Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
When Olive the dog first hears “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” she mistakes the words, “all of the other reindeers” for “Olive, the other reindeer,” and becomes convinced that she is not actually a dog, but rather a reindeer. Join her on a hilarious trip to the North Pole where Santa finds Olive might be just the “reindeer” he was looking for.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss
Dr Seuss’ Christmas tale is a classic for so many reasons – the characters, the narrative, the illustrations… Before they see the film, make sure your grandkids read the original, which tells the story of the Grinch, a grumpy creature who hates Christmas so much that he tries to take it away from the residents of Whoville. That is, until something so beautiful happens that his cold, shrunken heart grows.
Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favourite Christmas book of all time?