Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, let us read, let us read, let us read!

Since the start of December, we’ve been starting to feel rather Christmassy at Firefly Press. We love anything that gets us and our families into the Christmas spirit, whether it be films, food, music and, of course, books!

And seeing as having no place to go feels particularly appropriate for 2020, we thought we would share some of our favourite children’s Christmas books that you and your kids can cosy up with this December. Whether it be a bedtime story for the both of you to enjoy, or a book for older kids to enjoy themselves – we’ve got you covered.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

We’re kicking off our list with an absolute classic. The Night Before Christmas is one of the oldest and most popular Christmas poems. Those infamous first few lines are sure to get adults and children alike into the Christmas spirit. A must read at bedtime on Christmas Eve.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

Pick a Pine Tree may be a relatively new book but we’re guessing it will soon become a Christmas classic for lots of young children and their families.

This magical Christmas rhyming book tells the story of one family picking their Christmas tree, taking it home, decorating it and then enjoying it with friends and family. A wonderfully illustrated and enchanting tale that the whole family can relate to, a must have Christmas book for toddlers and young readers. 

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow is the perfect Christmas book for middle grade readers to cosy round the fire with this December.

Orphan Seren is hoping for a magical family Christmas in a snowy mid-Wales mansion but things don’t seem to be working out as planned. Tomas has been missing for a year and a day and Seren fears the strange and dangerous Family may have taken him. Armed only with a talking bird, a magical snow globe and her own courage, Seren must stand up to the Family that no one else dares to.

Follow along on the magical Victorian adventure and watch your child be transported to a mystical, mesmerising and sometimes dangerous wonderland this Christmas.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

We couldn’t miss an opportunity to include a book that celebrates Christmas in Wales. In this enchanting storybook Thomas shares memories of his childhood Christmases in Wales in the 1920s.

Snuggle in with A Child’s Christmas in Wales and find yourself transported back in time with nostalgic tales of family gatherings, handmade decorations and Christmas Eves by the fire. Perfect to enjoy with confident young readers aged 6+.

Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse by Jennifer Killick

From a nostalgic Christmas tale to a unique and modern story, Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse is a hilariously funny Christmas book for readers aged 9-12.

Things are feeling festive in the lead up to Christmas until the members of Cherry Tree Lane Zumba class start apparently ‘dying’ and coming back to life. Laugh out loud as you follow Alex, Jess and Dave try to save Christmas from the zumbie apocalypse. Find out why the zumbies are attracted to Christmas lights, what the mysterious octopus sign means and who the evil genius behind it all is.

The Flying Bedroom by Heather Dyer

We think this is the perfect bedtime story for young readers all year round, but The Flying Bedroom seems particularly magical at Christmas time.

Elinor’s bedroom may look ordinary but each night when she goes to sleep, her bedroom flies away, transporting her to a tropical island, a theatre show, a pirate ship or even even the moon! But it always gets her safely home by morning. Join her on the adventure to find out where she ends up this Christmas…

Were your favourite children’s Christmas books included on our list? Let us know what books you and your kids will be reading this December!

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