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Topic Books about Christmas and Winter for Children

One Christmas Wish 

by Katherine Rundell

Alone on Christmas Eve, Theo sees an odd-looking star out of his window and makes a wish for some friends. Moments later the Christmas decorations come to life, ready to wreak a little havoc! Written with warmth and humour, this is a story about treasuring the values that really matter at this time of year.

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The Empty Stocking 

by Richard Curtis

Have YOU been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry. Charlie has been especially naughty and everyone is sure that she won't get any presents AT ALL. But when Santa makes a mistake, it's up to Charlie to put things right...


The Christmas Promise 

by Alison Mitchell

A captivating retelling of the bible-centred Christmas story showing how God kept His promise to send a new King. A modern and engaging story to introduce not only the Christmas story, but the significance of the baby who was born.

Pick a Pine Tree

by Patricia Toht

A rhythmical narrative accompanied by warm, joyful art celebrates the rituals of decorating the tree – from digging out boxes of trimmings to turning on those twinkly fairy lights. Guaranteed to get little ones excited for the festive period.


The Jolly Christmas Postman

by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Follow the Jolly Postman as he delivers his post to well-known fairy tale characters on Christmas eve. Children will love opening and exploring ​various letters, cards and invitations along the way.

Ollie's Christmas Reindeer 

by Nicola Killen

When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. Setting off on a magical adventure together it soon becomes a Christmas never to forget.

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The Christmas Story 

by Ian Beck

High above the stables the night sky was filled with angels, who gave thanks to God and welcomed the new baby with their beautiful music. A perfect first book of the traditional Nativity; simply told and beautifully illustrated.

Dear Father Christmas

by Alan Durant

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter and so begins the start of a touching pen-pal friendship with Father Christmas himself. A fantastic story to introduce letter writing.


The Christmas Eve Tree

by Delia Huddy

When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. 

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray

It's the day before Christmas Eve and Santa is ever so busy ... he's got presents to wrap, reindeer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he forgotten something? And, more importantly, will he be ready in time?


Grandpa Christmas

by Michael Morpurgo

Every Christmas Mia reads a letter from her Grandpa. He worries that all the things they love so much are in danger and his letter is a hopeful plea to Mia to continue to care for our precious world. A beautiful Christmas story with a thoughtful message. 

What Can You See in Winter?

by Sian Smith

Beautiful photos, very simple repeated text, high frequency and decodeable words and strong photo-to-text matching make this a perfect book for children to explore Winter activities and seasonal changes. 

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Tim Hopgood

Based on the classic song Winter Wonderland, this gorgeous picture book takes you on an enchanting journey through a glistening winter landscape. With beautiful wildlife to spot on every page, it is the perfect story for this special time of year. 

Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend, or to discover how enchanting winter can be!

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How Many Sleeps till Christmas? by Mark Sperring

It's hard to be patient when you're only little, and Little Pip cannot wait until Christmas! How will he be able to carry on waiting - there are still so many sleeps to go! This is a hilarious and endearing story about learning to be patient.


Refuge by Anne Booth

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. With a message that couldn't be more relevant in today's society, this book is one to provoke much discussion about being a refugee and how that must feel to be rejected.

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Room for a Little One 

by Martin Waddell

The traditional Story of Christmas is told through the animals' words making it accessible and full of child-appeal. It brings the Nativity to life and offers a universal message about kindness to all creatures. 

Coming Home 

by Michael Morpurgo

A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain and clapping thunder. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. But will he ever get there? 

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The Wish Tree

by Chris Turnham 

Charles wants to find a wish tree. His siblings don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. The heartwarming illustrations evoke the essence of the season and will inspire wishers everywhere.



by Sue Hendra

A lonely snowball decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll... This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other odd things on his way down. A hilarious rhyming story, perfect for Christmas.


Secrets of Winter 

by Carron Brown

From the bears in their lairs to the foxes in their dens, discover nature's secrets about the animals and plants that live in a snow-covered forest. Then hold each page up to a bright light to reveal a hidden image! 

One Winter's Day 

by M. Christina Butler

When Hedgehog's nest is blown away in a storm he wraps up warmly and sets off for Badger's house. On his way he meets lots of animals shivering in the snow. One by one, he helps them, but will  Hedgehog make it through the storm to safety?

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The Shortest Day

by Susan Cooper

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again...

Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor

Follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.

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