1. The snowman By Raymond Briggs
Everyone knows the TV special of the same name and its haunting score, but it all started with Briggs’ beautifully illustrated book. This book contains only pictures and no words, but would be ideal for that special little person in your life this Christmas.
2. A Christmas carol By Charles Dickens
This festive favorite surely had a place in every library at one time or another and has lost none of its charm since its original publication in 1843. Ebeneezer Scrooge’s literary wickedness is world famous – impressive enough for a man. who actively despises Christmas!
3. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe By CS Lewis
Lucy has found a portal to the mythical land of Narnia in the guest bedroom, and once inside she begins a truly magical journey.
4. Letters from Santa Claus By JRR Tolkien
The man obsessed with this mystical ring also wrote a series of short Christmas stories.
5. The best gift Through Philippe Van Doren Stern
This is the news that inspired the film It’s a wonderful life, and it’s certainly not full of fancy glee. George Pratt (names etc differ from the film version) wishes he had never been born, but a look back at his life and loved ones without him shows that our main character has radically changed his mind. It may sound dark, but the ending is worth it.
6. Miracle on 34th Street By Valentine Davies
Possibly one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written, it is a novelization of the original 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, in which a young girl sets out to save Santa Claus from a group of non-believers.
7. Little women By Louisa May Alcott
The novel follows the lives of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, detailing their transition from childhood to womanhood, and for those who don’t know, is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The ’90s film adaptation (starring Winona Ryder in one of its finest roles) also deservedly deserved its classic status, but the book is the star and the rest for very good reason. that of Greta Gerwig movie adaptation is just as good.
8. The Nutcracker By ETA Hoffman
“The snow was falling gently in the streets and people were rushing home, their arms full of cheerfully wrapped boxes and paper parcels from toy stores, confectionery and bakeries. So begins the story of Nutcracker and with it the dreams of thousands of ballerinas and the story that inspired Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet.
9. Rover saves Christmas By Roddy Doyle
Rudolph, Santa’s beloved, is ill and Mr. Claus is in despair until Rover comes to try to save the day …
10. The Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg
Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1986, this modern classic is perfect for adults and children alike. Billy is brooding because his family doesn’t believe in Christmas and just as he begins to doubt its existence, he stumbles upon a mysterious train that changes everything. Fun fact: There is also an audio version available, played by none other than Liam Neeson. The film adaptation is also magical and a must see.
12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr Seuss
This classic sees the scheming curmudgeon getting his desserts right after trying to steal Christmas cheer from all around him. His heart is two sizes too small but not for long.
13. The Little Match Girl By Hans Christian Andersen
It is one of this writer’s favorite books. It’s incredibly sad, but so, so good. The Little Match Girl faces a freezing Christmas on the streets or a treacherous experience at home. She chooses to stay outside and while lighting a match to warm herself up, she has wonderful visions of the one person who truly loved her, her grandmother.
13. A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schultz
This is based on the TV show of the same name and makes a great stocking filler for your young brood. Charlie is on a mission to find the true meaning of Christmas, and he will do so using a real tree, not the fake Lucy suggested.