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Christmas stories to read with your children

22 December 2021

Winter is here, and as the nights grow longer and colder what could be nicer than cuddling up with our children and reading a good book or story?

As a charity which runs children’s centres across the country we know how important it is that families read with their children. Doing so supports their development in a variety of ways, helping them to feel comfortable and secure at homework on social and literacy skills, and might even help them to become nicer people in the long run!

But we also know that time is at a premium for many working families, which is why we put together a reading list of beloved books in our summer campaign pack – along with recommendations from top children’s authors and illustrators Fred Blunt and Fiona Woodcock.

Now Christmas is here we’ve once again put together a list of books for you to consider sharing with your little one’s children in ou#MakeTheirsMagic Christmas calendar pack as one of many suggestions we make regarding celebrating new and existing traditions this Christmas. 

Reading with our children each night is a great way of bonding with them, and increasing their sense of comfort and security, so why not make a special effort to make some time to read together over the Christmas holidays? You can either read a single story or a story collection. It needn’t be expensive as local libraries, discount stores and charity shops often have displays of Christmas books.  You can also find free audio books and videos of authors reading from their books online .We can help here by sharing a video of author Kieran Crowley reading from his new novel The Santa List. 

If you feel like purchasing or finding something special, however, here are some highly recommended stories and story collections:  

  • The Santa List – Kieran Crowley
  • Letters from Father Christmas- JRR Tolkien
  • Twelve Minutes to Midnight- Christopher Edge
  • The Christmas Star- Hilary Robinson
  • The Christmasaurus; The Christmasaurus & the Winter Witch; The Christmasaurus & the Naughty List- Tom Fletcher
  • Father Christmas & Me; The Girl who saved Christmas; A Boy called Christmas- Matt Haig
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas- Roald Dahl
  • The Christmas Pig- JK Rowling
  • Diary of a Christmas Elf; The night I met Father Christmas- Ben Miller