Children these days are constantly in front of screens—TV, computer, and smartphones. It’s almost as if their eyes are glued to technology. If you want them to take a little break from watching videos and playing computer games all day, the best gift you can give them this Christmas is a book.
There are several kinds of books available in the market. To gift your child a good pick, we have shortlisted the best children’s Christmas books of all-time:
- The Night before Christmas by Clementine Clarke Moore
“The Night before Christmas”, also known as “Twas the Night before Christmas” and “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, is one of the most popular Christmas-themed writing of all-time. Written in the early 19th century by Clementine Clarke Moore, it had a huge impact on the conception of Santa Claus – the bushy-bearded man who rides a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeers, comes down through chimneys, and leaves presents in children’s Christmas stockings.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is another holiday classic. It was written by one of the most revered writers of children’s books, Dr. Seuss, and has since been a favourite story told to kids during this time of the year. The book is about the Grinch, a grumpy character who lives alone and hates Christmas. He attempts to ruin the holiday by stealing Christmas-themed items from the residents of Whoville. In the year 2000, forty-three years after its first publication in 1957, it has been adapted into a movie starring Jim Carrey.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
“A Christmas Carol” was published in 1843, but it is still an iconic Christmas story. Charles Dickens wrote about an old and bad-tempered man, Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. With the ghosts of Christmas, Scrooge travels to different points in his life to examine the journey he’s had so far and where he’s headed if he stays on the same path. On Christmas morning, he wakes up a changed person who embodies the spirit of Christmas, treating the people around him with kindness, respect, and generosity.
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is a picture book published in 1985. It tells the story of a boy who wakes up in the middle of the night when he hears the roar of an approaching train. He looks out of his window and finds the Polar Express, a train that’s taking children on a trip to the North Pole. There, they meet Santa and his elves. The boy is chosen by Santa to get the first gift of Christmas, and so he asks for a bell from a reindeer’s harness, the sweet sound of which is only heard by those who believe in Santa. When he returns home, he realizes that he lost the bell, but he finds it again in one of the presents under the Christmas tree.
This Christmas, give your children these classic Christmas books and read it with them. Make it more special by reading them the stories by the fireplace while you all enjoy warm cups of cocoa.