’Tis the season to get reading

How do you get your kids even more excited about Xmas while also keeping their feet on the ground? Books, of course


Books, obviously, are great things at any time of year. But, at Christmas, even more so. What better way is there to start getting seasonal excitement in your house at fever pitch and reminding the kids what its real meaning is? Here are our four festive faves to get the young ones properly in the mood...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Originally published in 1957, no self-respecting Christmas is complete without this classic tale in which the Whos of Whoville help the Grinch – who has a heart “two sizes too small” – discover the true meaning of yuletide. This is pure Dr. Seuss and an essential way to remind young readers that this time of year is about the way we treat each other, not just presents.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
A tons-of-fun, quick bedtime read, this beautiful tale from the man behind the likes of The Very Hungry Caterpillar paints a lovely picture of an animal-loving Santa Claus.
It’s packed with stunning, colourful illustrations, helps readers learn to count and is ideal for the toddler set.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Your kids are probably well aware of the movie version, but Chris Van Allsburg’s book is filled with even more magic. This tells the tale of a boy who gets to meet Santa, on his train heading to the North Pole. All aboard!

Olive the other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
Making Christmas more merry, this is the hilarious story of a confused Jack Russell terrier called up to be a reindeer when one of their number is injured. It’s loads of daft fun, but also shows kids the value of individual differences, and how this is the perfect time of year to celebrate them. With bells on.
All available at amazon.com.

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