If you’re planning on wrapping pyjamas and a book to give to your little ones on Christmas Eve, it’s hard to beat a good seasonal story. One of my favourites growing up was Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales, probably because that’s where I spent every Christmas.Â Here are five fantastic festive reads, classic and modern.
Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head, RRP Â£11.99)Â It’s no surprise that I love Hughes’ iconic books, as I have my very own mischievous Alfie at home. This exquisitely illustratedÂ new tale tells of the young hero, his parents and little sister, Annie Rose, preparing for Christmas.
Olive The Other ReindeerÂ by J Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh (Chronicle Books, RRP Â£9.99)Â A dog with an identity crisis is the unlikely star of this wonderfully festive comic tale . A must for any child who loves dogs.
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Richard Scarry (HarperCollins, RRP Â£5.99)Â It’s a hard heart that doesn’t love the crazy chaos of Scarry’s Busytown. In this festive caper, Mr Frumble the pig has to take over present delivery when Father Christmas becomes indisposed.
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (Puffin, RRP Â£7.99)Â Briggs’ deliciously cantankerous Santa, about to embark on his busiest night of the year will put a smile on everyone’s face – a special 40th anniversary edition was published in November.
The Bear Who Had Never Seen Christmas (Nosy Crow, RRP Â£7.99)Â If your little one loves that John Lewis ad, they’ll love this book adaptation from Nosy Crow which tells the story of the bear and his friend, Hare. The price includes a Â£1.20 donation to Save the Children.