The are so many wonderful Christmas stories available, in every genre from adventure and fantasy to school, family and humorous stories. Why not harness your children’s natural enthusiasm for the holiday season and encourage them to spend some time reading a good book. Or even better, you could spend some time reading a book together.
Believing in Santa Claus
The Santa Secret by Carol Wallace (Holiday House Inc) Kari won’t tell anyone what she wants for Christmas. It’s a secret for only Santa to know. Christmas morning arrives but not Kari’s present. Will Santa come through in the end? A sweet family story for beginning readers.
Santa’s Last Present by by Marie-Aude Murail and Elvire Murail (Peachtree Publishers Ltd) The story of Julian who considers himself too old to believe in Santa Claus until an unexpected present on Christmas morning causes him to change his mind. Illustrated by Quenton Blake.
Christmas at School
Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May) by Barbara Park (Random House) Secret Santa can be a lot of fun, but what if you get someone you can’t stand? Junie B. decides that this might be her opportunity to give Tattletale May just what she deserves. Part of the popular Junie B. Jones series, this light-hearted look at gift giving is sure to delight.
Mary Margaret Mary Christmas by Christine Kole MacLean (Penguin) Mary Margaret is preoccupied with presents and can’t wait for Christmas to arrive. But when she is accused of stealing her teacher’s snow globe, Mary realises that she might have more important things to worry about.
Christmas Stories with Popular Characters
SpongeBob SantaPants by Erica Pass (Simon & Schuster) SpongeBob is on a quest to become the Santa at Coral’s department store. But he’s not the only one. Will it be a joyful Christmas and will Spongebob get the job of his dreams? An irreverent look at Christmas traditions and a treat for SpongeBob fans.
Selby Santa by Duncan Ball (HarperCollins Australia) Selby the talking dog returns for more unbelievable adventures in this collection of hilarious short stories with a Christmas theme. Interspersed are some of Selby’s famous poems and even a Christmas play. Like all the Selby books, this can’t help but be a hit. Perfect for reluctant readers.
Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown (HarperCollins) Stanley isn’t flat anymore but he hasn’t stopped having adventures. When Santa decides to quit his job Stanley must travel all the way to the North Pole to try and change his mind. Will spark discussion about the real meaning of Christmas.
Fairy Christmas Books
Merry Fairy Holidays: Three Enchanted Christmas Stories by Cicely Mary Barker (Warne) Follow three of your favourite Flower Fairies as they celebrate the Christmas holiday. Journey with them as they rescue Christmas trees, survive fierce storms and catch troublemakers. For little girls who like a bit of magic in their stories.
Holly the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Orchard Books) A collection of three Christmas stories from the creator of the Rainbow Magic series. Jack Frost is causing trouble again. This time he’s stolen Santa’s sleigh. Will Holly be able to get it back? Easy to read and sure to please.
Stella the Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows (Orchard Books) Kirsty and Rachel must help Stella find her three magical tree decorations by Christmas Eve or Christmas might be ruined for everyone. Three more stories for a magical holiday season.