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Christmas Holiday Reads: Christmas Classics

Christmas Holiday Reads: Christmas Classics

The Christmas Mini-Challenge is in full swing!

Join in the reading challenge fun with these classic wintry reads…

Kipper’s Snowy Day by Mick Inkpen

Kipper loves the snow and when he sees great white flakes tumbling down one morning, he can’t wait to be out enjoying himself.

Kipper’s friend Tiger isn’t nearly as good at snow games as Kipper is, because of his silly, woolly clothes – but they still manage to build a wonderful snowdog

Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr

It’s Christmas, and Mog’s house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going…?

Mog is not happy. So she escapes to the roof, and there she stays…until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump! Happy Christmas, Mog!

Princess Majorca Aardvark said: I enjoyed the part where Mog thought the xmas tree was a person! I think the book was funny and Mog was cute.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…"

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!


The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

When Kai is cursed by a magic mirror, he can no longer perceive goodness in anything – not his best friend Gerda, nor the roses in the garden.

One wintry evening, he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and swept away to live for ever in her kingdom of ice.

Friendless and shoe-less, Gerda must travel through inhospitable lands, with only crows to guide her and bandits for company, in order to find her beloved friend. And when she gets there, how will she melt the ice in his heart?

Madam Flopsy Supermarket said: It’s an amazing book because it’s an unusual adventure

The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

On his ninth birthday Gwyn is given some strange gifts by his grandmother. They lead him to the snow spider and a series of encounters with strange other worlds of snow and silver, finally revealing the fate of his lost elder sister.

Click here for the rest of our wintry reading recommendations, or check out the Book Sorter!

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