Books to share at Christmas time : a small selection of old favorites to share with children

Posted: December 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Whether you have Christmas in a cold wintry place or sunbathing on a beach in the middle of summer, Christmas is always a time to catch up on some reading.

These are some of my favourites which I have shared over the years.



The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg                                                       polar

ISBN 9781849390989

I do love the version with the CD read by Liam Neeson.

A young boy’s trip to the North Pole filled with magic. You can of course get out the movie but do enjoy the book first.



wombatChristmas wombat

By Jackie French

Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

ISBN 9780732291716

Gorgeously funny story of Mothball the wombat who continues to eat, sleep and scratch but then something special happens and she is whisked off on a very special ride. Great for toddlers.


snow 2The snowman                       

By Raymond Briggs

ISBN 9780141501710

There is something very special about a snowman and a little boy.  The movie is wonderful too. The music as the boy and the snowman soar over chimney tops is lovely. The illustrations are just adorable with real quirky smiles and personality.



 matchThe little match girl

By H. C. Andersen

I have always loved this story of the little girl who is forced to sell matches in the freezing cold while others sit in their warm and festive houses. Even as a child this story brought me to tears. Not exactly a joyous story but a story we should read and remember for the message to share what we have. Not sure this version is still in print but there are many versions out there just as moving.




velveteenThe velveteen rabbit

By Margery Williams

ISBN 9781604332773

I know this is not the classic version with the illustrations by William Nicholson (which I do have a copy of by the way) but I thought I would share this new illustrated version as it is just delightful. I love the back cover with the bookcase showing some great classic books for children. It is a story we know of a young boy and his favourite rabbit and how toys become real. A classic to treasure.



 miracle   The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

By Susan Wojciechowski

ISBN 9781406310405

This is a very moving story of loneliness, grief and learning to trust and love again.  Jonathan Toomey is the best wood-carver in the valley but he is consumed by grief and sadness and just wants to be by himself.  A knock at his door changes everything. Sometimes we have to work at making a difference and here, a young boy does just that. He makes a difference.

Actually I think I will stop here and go and read this again before turning in for the night. My copy has the audio CD as well so I might listen to that instead when I go to bed.














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