Are you looking for a Christmas book to read to the kids this year that might become the new family favourite? Then look no further!
We have put together a list of our favourite 15 here at SchoolMum Central (in no particular order). Make story telling part of your family’s Christmas tradition and add even more magic to Christmas for your kids.
1. What Do You Wish For? by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker
This book explores all that makes Christmas magical to Ruby and how she wishes for it to never change.
2. Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Corinne Fenton & Robin Cowcher
This book follows a much loved dog who finds himself lost on Christmas Eve. Will his Christmas wish come true?
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
In true Alison Jay style the illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous. It takes you on a journey through the traditional 12 days of Christmas song.
4. Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan & Nick Bland
This book is a snapshot of what a classic Aussie Christmas might look like – rusty Holden ute and all. haha
5. 1001 Things to Spot at Christmas by Usborne Books
This is a book that keeps on giving with over 1001 things to spot. Year in year out kids will love spotting different things each time.
6. Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell & Jason Cockcroft
This is a beautiful book that focuses on the animals in the stable on the night of Jesus’ birth.
7. Christmas Around The World by Lesley Sims
This has become a family favourite… It looks at Christmas customs, festive food, present-giving, songs and traditional stories from around the world.
8. Dream Snow by Eric Carle
If you’re an Eric Carle fan than this one won’t disappoint. The illustrations are colourful and fun and there’s even a little music at the end. The story follows a farmer at Christmas time and how he dreams of snow..
9. Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd
In this book Lynley Dodd takes us on another hilarious rhyming adventure with her popular character, Slinky Malinki. “Christmas was coming. Out came the tree, dressed up in finery, splendid to see. Trinkets and tinsel with baubles and bows, a mouse with a hat and a very red nose . . ”
10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
This is a fantastic fantasy story set on Christmas Eve. A young boy lays in bed when suddenly he hears Santa’s Sleigh. His adventure begins when he boards a magical train bound for the North Pole…
11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss
This is an oldy but a goody where Dr Seuss subtly exposes the greed and commercialism sometimes associated with Christmas and replaces it with values such as love and community. He does this through his typical wit, humor, and flawlessly constructed rhymes.
12. Christmas Wombat by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
This book explores Christmas from a wombat’s point of view…and that is always going to be interesting when that wombat is our favourite “Mothball!”.
13. Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
Bear’s friends convince him to stay up for Christmas. They have him finding Christmas trees, baking cakes, singing songs and hanging tinsel. BUT Bear discovers that the real highlight of Christmas is in the giving.
14. Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
This famous Christmas poem is set on the most exciting night of the year…Christmas Eve. This book is a classic.
15. Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Çonnor
What could be fancier than Christmas for Fancy Nancy? Presents with elegant wrapping and exquisite decorations (that’s fancy for really good)….