Some of My Christmas and Winter Favourites

We're at one week and counting until the big day! Every year, I always bring home one special book for the season, and my collection is growing exponentially. I'd like to take a moment to share with you a few of my favourites over the years. These books come out year after year for the whole family to enjoy. I hope you enjoy them as well.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This book needs no introduction, but I need to add that my very favourite edition of this is the one illustrated by PJ Lynch...beautiful and evocative!

Twas the Night Before Christmas illustrated by Matt Tavares
Again, a story that needs no introduction and there are numerous editions available, with new editions published nearly every year. For me, the edition that sums up the time and the spirit of this story is illustrated in black and white by Matt Tavares. Timeless!

North Child by Edith Pattou
North Child is not really a Christmas story, but it is a beautiful and eloquent winters' tale. Based on the old fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Pattou tells the story of Rose, born the eighth child of a poor family, who is sent off with the White Bear to live in a castle in a mountain and break the enchantment that holds the Bear hostage. An exceptionally written novel for ages 10 years and up, this is one of my very favourite books.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
What a wonderful book for the younger children and the young at heart! It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is making some very special deliveries to some very familiar friends. Each page contains a letter to open (who doesn't like opening other people's post?); each one with a small gift... puzzles, games, pop-up cards. Just wonderful.

The Christmas Bear by Henrietta Stickland
Beautifully illustrated, Little Bear lives at the top of the world. When he accidentally falls into Santa's workshop one night, it's the start of an amazing adventure. Watch out for that naughty penguin... where's he got to now?

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
It just isn't Christmas, or winter for that matter, without The Snowman. Being a traditionalist (about some things, anyway) I strongly suggest picking up a copy without words. This is a book that the children (and me!... and maybe you, too.) will spend hours and hours pouring over the pages. A real memory to treasure.

Tumtum and Nutmeg's Christmas Adventure by Emily Bearn
Our friendly and intrepid mice are at it again. This adventure sees them out to deliver Lucy and Arthurs' letters to father Christmas wit the assistance of the terrifying Baron Toymouse in Toyland... and then there's those clockwork cats to contend with. Will Father Christmas receive the childrens' letters in time? A brilliant novel for younger children.


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