Christmas is the time of year to slow down and reflect on the last 12 months, our life and our loved ones. Along with decorating the Christmas tree, baking yummy treats and singing songs, sharing stories with children builds on traditions and creates wonderful memories. So, grab a story, snuggle up and enjoy the beautifully ornamented world of literature that exists only at Christmas time.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss
This is a great book to share in the lead-up to the special day. In only a few pages, the book creates an entire town of ‘Whos’ that you can just imagine waiting and preparing to celebrate Christmas. The illustrations are rich and detailed, but simple, with just one colour highlighted. It creates an entire new universe in the mind of a child.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Everyone sings the classic song of the same name during this time of year, but does anyone actually know what a partridge in a pear tree is? After reading this book, your children will. The illustrations inject an element of multi-culturalism – perfect for the Dubai audience – by including people from different cultures in traditional dress. As if all of that were not enough, the book is interactive – the last page prompts children to find all 78 gifts from the song in the book. A perfect holiday keepsake or a lovely gift for a good friend.
Santa is Coming to Dubai By Steve Smallman
Santa has been to a lot of places around the world and now he’s officially coming to Dubai, thanks to Steve Smallman. Children will have fun identifying the locations in their own city that are depicted in colourful illustrations. A wonderful, fun, family activity would be to go to all the places Santa went!
The Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Jan Brett
The father narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them and artist Brett captures it in glorious illustrations. A beautiful edition for the whole family.
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