Hello, Carlos again here. I read to a child last Saturday, at Jubilee library, as part of the library’s festive program. To continue with this festive celebration, I have decided to choose my top five Christmas books. Some are famous, some are obscure, but all great reads. All these books are available from Brighton and Hove libraries, so keep an eye out!
1. The Dumb Bunnies Easter by Dav Pilkey. Now, you might be wondering what a book with Easter in the title has to do with Christmas. Well, the dumb bunnies, being kind of silly, mix up various holidays, including Christmas. A great book for any holiday! Ages 5+
2. The Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton. This book also combines holidays, in this case, Christmas and Halloween. The film is more famous, but the book is also great. Ages 8+
3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. In this Classic tale, miser Ebenezer Scrooge gets visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future to appreciate the Christmas holiday more and be a nicer person. Ages 8+
4. Dear Santa by Rod Campbell. Spiritual sequel to Dear Zoo, this time, Santa has to decide what gift to get a young child. Like “Dear Zoo” it’s a lift the flaps book, so you can lift the flaps to see what the gifts are under the wrapping! Ages 3+
5. Christmas in the trenches by Alan Wakefield. The most important thing about Christmas this year is that it is the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas truce. This book shows the Christmas celebrations by British, Dominion and Empire troops in the front line on the Western Front, in the Middle East, the Dardanelles, Italy, Salonika and Africa, and the first winter of British intervention in Russia. Ages 14+
So that’s my top five Christmas books. I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to my next post. Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Carlos, Young Volunteer, Hollingbury Library