Here we are again: it’s almost the last week of term, the school play is over and it’s even started to snow. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And the holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without a decent pile of books for you and your younglings to wade your way through.

So in the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to share with you our favourite Christmas stories; read to the end as there’s also a chance to win one of these fabulous books! So, here we go…

At number 7:

‘Dear Santa’ by Rod Campbell. You may be familiar with ‘Dear Zoo’, by the same author; this is very similar and will give very little ones lots of fun guessing what each present is and lifting the flaps to find out!

At number 6:

‘Mog’s Christmas’ by Judith Kerr. I always think that Kerr’s stories are so beautifully told; my children enjoy the happy ending and think that Mog’s perception of a Christmas tree that walks and talks is hilarious!

At number 5:

‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This is such a great book. With all the pull-outs (which, according to my eldest, was always the best thing about this one), story-time does take somewhat longer than usual; your kids will love it though; with each of the postman’s deliveries, there’s something to open and piece together or read – great fun!

At number 4:

‘Jingle Bells’, by Nick Butterworth. If you’re familiar with Wibbly Pig, this is by the same author, and it’s not – as you might assume – about Santa, but about a couple of mice who get fed up with the cat next door stealing their food. If I tell you what my kids said about it, then I’d be giving story away, and no one likes a spoiler! 

At number 3:

‘The night before Christmas’, by Clement C Moore. This is a lovely Christmas Classic, that you probably know and enjoyed yourself as a child. With fantastic rhymes, it’s told from the perspective of a little boy who hears a ‘clatter’ on Christmas Eve and gets up to see what it could be…  Whilst I think our number one is a fabulous book, it was up to me, this may well have been my choice. 

At number 2:

‘The Christmas Bear’, by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler. A story about a bear who gets left in Santa’s workshop and has to a hitch a lift with different animals in order to make in time for Christmas Day. In the same style as ‘The bedtime Bear’, this book is wildly imaginative which I think must be why children love it so much.

And at number 1 (listen for the drum roll!):

It’s ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. A story about Stick Man, who is separated from his ‘stick lady love and his stick children three,’ and despite all of his efforts cannot get home without the help of a certain Christmas someone. The rhymes make it a fun read; the pictures are fabulously engaging and has a lovely Christmas message about family and helping one another.

So they’re our Christmas favourites, and now, for the chance to win a copy of ‘The Christmas Bear’ (a great extra present or bedtime story for Christmas Eve):

‘The Christmas Bear’ was written by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler. What other book did Ian Whybrow write?

a) Alfie gets in first.                                                                                                                                                                                                     b) Zog.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             c) Harry and the robots.

Send your answer to hello@getkidsreading.co.uk by Friday 15th December.

Thanks for reading! 

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