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Cracking Christmas Stories, ages 5-8

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As we head towards the end of the year, we’ve picked our favourite festive stories. Whether you’re counting down with an advent calendar or putting up decorations – here are some fantastic books to get you in the Christmas mood!

Click on the links to find books for ages 0-5 and 8+


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss, published by HarperCollins

 The timeless Christmas classic from the iconic Dr. Seuss! Read this favourite story of joy, love and acceptance anytime, anywhere!

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…”

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.

The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone & Fiona Woodcock, published by Simon & Schuster

When the first snow of winter falls, Phoebe watches it from Griselda Bone’s Home for Strays, wishing that the snow would bring with it some much-needed magic. But there is no magic at Griselda Bone’s orphanage, where daydreaming is banned and the Christmas holidays are cancelled. Just when Phoebe is about to give up hope, a Snow Dragon appears and whisks her away on an adventure, and maybe, just maybe, there’s enough magic to save her.

Join Phoebe, the girl with hair as white as snowdrops and eyes as round as puddles along with her sausage dog Herb, in this beautiful story of friendship, magic, and belonging. And maybe you too, can find your Miracle Day.

Angel on the Roof by Shirley Hughes, published by Walker Books

In this heart-warming Christmas story, by celebrated author Shirley Hughes, a young boy called Lewis Brown is looking out of a window and wishing that someone might notice him. Then he spots a single golden feather floating down from the heavens and discovers an angel on the roof. And so begins a great friendship, as the angel takes Lewis under his wing on an adventure that will change everything, and allow Lewis, his family and his friends, to start to see the world around them for the better.

The Night Before Christmas and Other Festive Favourites by N Puttapipat, published by Walker Books

Nothing spreads the spirit of the season quite like the three Christmas classics brought together in this stunning gift book. The unforgettable poem The Night Before Christmas, the joyful song Jingle Bells and the beloved ballet story The Nutcracker are presented here for the first time in one lavish book with stunning artwork by Natee Puttapipat.

This wonderful seasonal selection is the perfect gift – a beautiful book to share at Christmas and treasure for ever.

Rainbow Magic: Camilla the Christmas Present Fairy by Daisy Meadows, published by  Orchard Books

Get ready for an exciting fairy adventure with the no. 1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up.

Best friends Kirsty and Rachel are very excited to give each other their Christmas presents! But when Jack Frost steals Camilla the Christmas Present Fairy’s magical objects, the magic of giving is in danger. Can the girls help get Camilla’s items back and save Christmas for both the human and fairy worlds?

The Little Fir Tree by Christopher Corr, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Quarto)

Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? Find out in this beautifully illustrated modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale. 
When he was surrounded by the splendour of nature, the little fir tree could only think about what he wasn’t and what he didn’t have and couldn’t see. After the initial excitement of venturing out, though, he finds that the world isn’t quite what he expected.
As the story of the little fir tree unfolds – brought to enchanting life with the colourful, folk art–inspired artwork of acclaimed author/illustrator Christopher Corr – so does a touching lesson on appreciating what we already have and a hopeful message of rebirth.

Win 1 of 3 copies of The Little Fir Tree

Lucy Makes a Wish, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Sophy Williams published by Oxford University Press

 When Boots the puppy bounces into Lucy’s life, fun and friendship are never far behind. But the magic of friendship becomes even more important when Boots runs away. Will he find his way home…?



Festive series (A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, Father Christmas and Me) written by Matt Haig & illustrated by Chris Mould, published by Canongate

Believe in the impossible! Embark on a magical journey with best-selling children’s author Matt Haig. Discover the TRUE STORY of Father Christmas; join Ameila on her search for the lost magic of Christmas Day and help defend the town of Elfhelm from the jealous Easter Bunny!

Win a framed original elf workshop sketch by Chris Mould

Win a bumper set of Matt Haig’s festive series plus a copy of The Truth Pixie

Click here for a Mega Matt Haig Festive Activity Pack

The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything by Ryan Tubridy and illustrated by Chris Judge, published by Walker Books

There are two things you need to know about Hillary the sheep. One: unlike her typical white or brown friends, Hillary’s wool is all the colours of the rainbow. Two: she loves Christmas. She loves everything about it, especially Santa. When news gets out that Mr Claus himself is travelling across all of Ireland, looking for the perfect sheep’s wool to make a brand-new jumper, Hillary’s head begins to spin… Could her wool-dest dreams come true?

With back-chatting sheep, a jelly baby-obsessed farmer and a choir of Elvish Presley singing elves, this is a truly wild, laugh-out-loud adventure all about the creation of the very FIRST Christmas jumper.