5 Children’s Books You Should Read This Christmas
Before television on demand, some people read books in the lulls between the TV Christmas specials. Taking a moment to show my softer side, I’ve picked out a handful which you might take a minute to read again. If you’re lucky enough to have young children you could read these magical stories aloud to them.
1. A Christmas Carol
Ageing, joyless Ebenezer Scrooge despises Christmas and its celebrations until four ghosts visit him one Christmas Eve and demonstrate how horrible his life has become, and the steps he must take if he wants his life to have any meaning.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch is a bad tempered, self-serving creature who resides in a cave above Whoville. He becomes angry with the locals’ joyful seasonal celebrations and hatches a plan to stop Christmas from coming by disguising himself as Santa Claus. One Christmas Eve he helps himself to all their presents and decorations…
3. The Snowman
A young boy builds a snowman one Christmassy day, only for the snowman to come alive, and what’s more he can fly…
4. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Jonathan Toomey is grouchy by nature – known by children as “Mr. Gloomy” – but he is the finest woodcarver in the valley. He always stays alone, concealing a painful secret. When he is asked to carve a nativity scene for a widow and her young son, his life changes forever.
5. The Polar Express
A young boy joins other children on a train to the North Pole one Christmas Eve. When the train arrives, he meets Santa and learns what it means to really believe…