Festive reading list

This list of classic and original festive titles offers something for children of all ages to enjoy. Encourage your child to read over the holidays and try to make sure there’s a book from Santa under the tree!

0-3 years old

Is it Christmas Yet? Is it Christmas Yet?
By Jane Chapman

Perfect to read to little ones in the run up to Christmas, Is it Christmas Yet? tells the story of a bear’s festive excitement. This edition has sturdy pages that are easy for little hands to turn and vibrant, funny text.

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells
By James Lord Pierpont, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat

Press the button to hear the classic Christmas tune and follow the story of an adorable bear family enjoying a festive sleigh ride. Children will love to sing along to this sound book, which features lyrics on each page.

Christmas stories for little children Christmas stories for little children
By Russell Punter, illustrated by Philip Webb

This collection of six original festive tales for young children is great for reading aloud at Christmas. It includes the story of a fake Father Christmas, stolen diamonds, a best-dressed snowman competition and Santa’s day off!

3-5 years old

The Magical Snow Garden (LT) The Magical Snow Garden
By Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jane Chapman

A heart warming picture book about a penguin named Wellington, who lives far away and dreams of growing a garden. Filled with enchanting illustrations, this story about never giving up on your dreams is a great stocking-filler.

Santa’s Reindeer Santa’s Reindeer
By Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Children will love joining the hunt for Reindeer’s squeaky nose in this fun Christmas adventure. It’s Christmas Eve and Santa and Reindeer are about to deliver the presents when Reindeer loses his nose. Will he find it before it’s too late?

Waiting for Santa Waiting for Santa
By Steve Metzger, illustrated by Alison Edgson

Waiting for Santa tells the tale of Christmas Eve in the forest, where Bear comes up with a cunning plan to attract Santa’s attention. This story of belief and friendship is packed with plenty of surprises and is the perfect book to reassure young children that Santa will find them!

5-7 years old

The Storm Leopards The Storm Leopards
By Holly Webb

This Christmas tale begins with a family day out at the zoo, where young Isabelle catches a glimpse of a beautiful snow leopard. Fascinated by these creatures, Isabelle tries to find out what she can do to help protect them and is whisked into her very own magical snow leopard adventure…

On a Snowy Night On a Snowy Night
Various Authors

This anthology of animal stories is perfect for bedtime reading over the festive season. As the snow starts to fall on a winter's night, a young arctic fox heads out to find food for her little brother, a stone hare is brought to life by moonlight magic and a brave zebra saves Santa's sleigh ride, just in time for Christmas.

The Christmas Eve Ghost The Christmas Eve Ghost
By Shirley Hughes

Set in Liverpool in the 1930s, this festive story celebrates human kindness in times of hardship. When Bronwen and Dylan are frightened by ghostly noises from the chimney on Christmas Eve, they run straight into the arms of their neighbour Mrs O'Riley. As they step next door for the first time, they realise they can stop being afraid…

Christmas around the World Christmas around the World
By Lesley Sims, illustrated by Angelo Ruta

This vividly illustrated book introduces children to the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. From Christmas customs and festive food, to present-giving, songs and traditional stories, the easy-to-read text is perfect for children who have just started reading alone.

7-11 years old

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
By Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P. J. Lynch

A special 20th anniversary edition of this moving Christmas classic, which tells the poignant tale of Jonathan Toomey. Although Jonathan is the best woodcarver in the valley, he is always alone and never smiles. One early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request, which leads to a joyful miracle.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens

The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited old man who hates everything – even Christmas. But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever.

The Pony-Mad Princess: Princess Ellie's Christmas The Pony-Mad Princess: Princess Ellie's Christmas
By Diana Kimpton

Young girls will love this festive adventure in the Pony-Mad Princess series. Ellie is really looking forward to giving her best friend Kate a very special Christmas present, but disaster strikes on Christmas Eve when the present Ellie ordered arrives and it's all wrong….

Illustrated stories for Christmas Illustrated stories for Christmas
Various authors

This fabulous collection features over twenty beloved Christmas tales and original stories, including well-known classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Puss in Boots, along with new fiction including The Elf and the Toymaker and Santa’s Day Off.

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