Christmas, I love it! I love the excitement when the kids talk to me about Santa, Elves and magic. I love putting up the tree, although I'm not such a fan of pine needles all over the carpet, that, and when Christmas is all over the tree seems to hang around in the garden for longer than it should.
The kids love books all year round but we do have some special Christmas books we keep in the loft and bring down with the decorations. Reading and imagination go hand in hand any time of the year but I do find it a little extra special when the subject is Christmas! With that in mind here are 5 magical kids books for this festive time of year.
1. Usborne Noisy Touchy-Feely Santa, written by Sam Taplin & illustrated by Janet Samuel
Great for younger children this board book has textured pages, big tabs at the top of each page making it easier for little hands to turn and 5 big noisy buttons that correspond to the story.
This book has been a big hit in our house since we got it many moons ago. This is the story of Santa delivering presents on Christmas eve and the sounds you add with the buttons make it come to life. Hearing Santa's footsteps crunching through the snow and his jolly "ho, ho, ho" make this a fun book your little ones will love.
2. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.
This has to be my favourite Christmas book of all time. The copy we have is the one I have had since I was a child and I feel a bit protective of it, I love it so much!
Follow the Jolly Christmas postman on his round delivering letters to the three bears, Goldilocks and Mr Wolf. Inside you will find envelopes containing Christmas letters (and maybe something extra!). There is a lot of fun exploring the mail inside this book and although not Christmas related the Jolly Postman is also awesome!
Maybe these books are why I look forward to getting mail even though I'm always disappointed with banking T&C changes and car insurance renewals...
3. The night before Christmas by Clement C Moore
You have probably heard of this one, originally published in 1823 (thank you wikipedia!)
This is a wonderfully written poem that we love!
4. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs brought us the Snowman and the Snowdog so you know you are on to a winner when he's involved! I had this book when I was younger and although a grumpy Santa is not the norm in Christmas tales it felt very real to me, a sneak peek into the real world of a hard-working Santa!
5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Did you watch the BBC series of this when you were younger? I may be showing my age here! Even if you didn't you are likely aware of this book and for good reason. It has been loved by children for many years. If you are looking for adventure this is the book for you. A mysterious land, an evil queen and an eternal winter. What can four young children possibly do to save the day?
At bedtime my kids are read to most nights and my 8-year-old seems to go from one book to the next before it's finished. I have read the first chapter of many a book many times! When it came to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe she was so involved in the story we read the whole book from start to finish a few chapters at a time and that in itself is a testament to this book!