A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Charles Dickens’ famed book that sees the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge become a changed man. Visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Scrooge is shown the true meaning of the season and why it’s so important to love the others around him. A heart-warming story, this beautiful V&A edition is best read on a cold Christmas Eve, by a warm fire and surrounded by the family.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Four sisters face Christmas alone in this classic tale, detailing the hardships – but also hope – of Christmas time. The timeless characters, each relatable in their own way, continue to inspire generations of readers. Follow sweet-natured Beth, precocious Amy, tomboy Jo and kind-hearted Meg as they navigate their way from being young women into adulthood.

Christmas with the Chrystals and Other Stories by Noel Streatfeild

This short story tells the tale of a group of cousins who light up Christmas time for a very grumpy grandmother, in her chilly home. Accompanied by other festive tales and extracts from Streatfeild’s Christmas novels, as well as recollections of her own family Christmases, this collection is awash with charming winter cheer.

Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome

Nancy is not excited for her winter holidays – all it means to her is the days getting shorter and having to sleep indoors. Little does she know, adventure awaits when the lake ices over completely and the Swallows and Amazons, along with Dick and Dorothea, race to find the North Pole. However, danger looms when the D’s lose their way and disappear into the dark Arctic. Will the Swallows and Amazons find their own way in time to save their friends? 

Grimble at Christmas by Clement Freud and Quentin Blake

Grimble is worried that his parents have forgotten about Christmas and he must do something about it. He tries his hardest to give them hints by humming festive tunes and pointing at turkeys in the supermarket, but his plan doesn’t seem to be helping to organise his mum and dad. So, Grimble does what any ten-year-old would do and plans Christmas himself! Praised by J. K. Rowling as ‘one of the funniest books I have ever read’, this is beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Christmas with the Savages by Mary Clive

Eight-year-old Evelyn spends her Christmas holiday in a large Edwardian house, full of parents and nannies who have lost control of their children. There are the calm Glens, the sad Howliboos and the mad Savages who all run riot around the timid Evelyn, who cannot return home soon enough. This funny Christmas tale will charm any young festive reader! 

Peter Rabbit: A Winter's Tale by Beatrix Potter

Follow the mischievous Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin as they journey into the deep, dark forest one snowy winter’s night. Featuring stunning illustrations in Beatrix Potter’s classic style, will our heroes manage to stay out of the way of the dreadful Mr Tod and Tommy Brock long enough to save the day? A wonderful story to read on a chilly winter’s evening.

Peter Rabbit: A Christmas Wish by Beatrix Potter

Father Christmas is on his way, yet poor Peter Rabbit just can’t seem to fall asleep! What ever will he do? Everyone knows Father Christmas won’t visit if you’re awake. And Peter and his sisters have wished for some extra special presents this year. It doesn’t help that every creak and bump he hears could be the man in the jolly red suit… Another delightful Christmas tale featuring Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters. 

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman has the very important job of delivering festive greetings to all the fairy-tale characters. Join him on his rounds and take a peek at the cards and presents he delivers. There’s a get-well soon gift for Humpty Dumpty, a special note from Mr Wolf to Red Riding Hood, and four more surprise envelopes. The fun rhyming verses and charming illustrations will delight all ages.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs’ iconic picture book sees a young boy wake after a day spent playing in the snow to find that the snowman he built has come to life! The pair enjoy a fun evening exploring the house before flying through the sky and watching the sunrise. Beautifully illustrated, this magical story is a Christmas classic that can be enjoyed again and again.

Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Alfie and Annie Rose are in for such an exciting Christmas this year. Join them as they make festive decorations, bake biscuits, decorate the tree, sing carols, wrap presents and awaken on Christmas Day to find some very special gifts. This is a superb story to enjoy with the whole family and one that will get everyone into the Christmas spirit. 

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

No one wants to work on Christmas Eve, not even Father Christmas! Especially when it’s so cold outside. But he has a job to do and children depending on him. Travel along with our grumbling hero in another of Raymond Briggs’ fantastic tales; join him as he navigates his way through the night, delivering presents and sampling treats left out by believers, before returning home to enjoy a well-deserved Christmas with his cat and dog.

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

‘What’s this? What’s this?’ When Halloweenland’s most fearsome figure Jack Skellington stumbles across the bright, colourful and merry Christmas Town, he can’t help but wonder; ‘Why is it they get to spread laughter and cheer while we stalk the graveyards, spreading panic and fear?’ And so, he takes it upon himself to deliver a Christmas the world will never forget… A frightfully festive story for old and new Tim Burton fans. 

Father Christmas's Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

If you fancy a Christmas tale (or two) with a difference, Terry Pratchett’s collection of short stories will be all you need at storytime. Read how Father Christmas ends up on trial for public disturbance, follow the abominable snowman who becomes an old lady’s pet, or just giggle along at nine other laugh-out-loud stories that will have you looking at Christmas in a whole new way.

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