Get into the Christmas spirit at bedtime with these top 10 best Christmas stories for kids. Why not get them even more excited about Christmas by dipping into some of these classic Christmas tales in book form? Here are some of the Christmas classics.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Follow the Grinch as he transforms from a grumpy Christmas-hating Grinch into a loving caring and sharing Grinch after he attempts to steal Christmas from the people of Who-Ville. This classic tale offers wonderful rhymes and the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Michael Hague. Explore the world of Santa Claus and find out about his life in rich and imaginative detail. The creator of the Wizard of Oz captures the magic that is Saint Nick in this delightful read. The illustrations are done in a beautiful watercolour that is realistic as well as creative.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen. We all know the song. Bring it to life with this beautiful rendition of how Rudolph saves Christmas and becomes the hero. Illustrated by David Wenzel, the pictures are beautiful, classic and colourful leaving this classic tale bouncing off the pages and into the hearts of your children.
The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Meir. Looking for a good edition that tells the story of the Baby Jesus? This is a great option. Teach your children that there is more to Christmas than just Santa, reindeer and a magic snowman with this beautifully illustrated version of the Nativity.
The Christmas Book Written and illustrated by Dick Bruna is another classic look at the Nativity story perfect for a younger audience.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This is not only a wonderful Christmas movie but it is also a great story with vivid illustrations. Follow a group of young children on a magical journey to the North Pole and bring back a little magic to Christmas. If your little one loves trains, then this is definitely one to pick up and read night after night.
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. This classic poem comes in a number of different editions with various illustrators. Look for the edition illustrated by Jan Brett who uses classic illustrations to capture the poetry of Clement Moore. Just be warned that you will be reading this one over and over and over again.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We’re not talking about the novel here but look for a kid’s version of this classic Victorian morality tale. Delve into the world of Ebenezer Scrooge and his famous dream that explores what is most important in life – love and friendship, rather than wealth and money.
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent. Fox and Argent are known to make magic stories together and Wombat Divine is no different. This story follows the endearing Wombat as he tries out for the school nativity play and explores the various roles involved. Can you guess which character Wombat ends up playing? Your kids will love seeing Wombat and all his Aussie mates get into their roles.
Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins. This is another great one for a younger audience. Bring the classic Christmas carol to life and watch Frosty transform before your eyes
Sure, most of these stories have now been adapted into a film but reliving the stories in book form is a great way to get your children even more revved up for the festive season. If purchasing Christmas books is not in the budget this year, then head down to the local library and see what collection they have.