Classic Christmas Stories for all Reading Levels
Another December, another Christmas period is upon us. What could be more perfect than settling down with a festive read? Here’s our handy guide to a few classic books your child might enjoy reading over the holiday break. Help them discover magical characters, faraway places, and just how far their imagination can take them.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis.
The classic story has everything; magic, talking animals and Turkish Delight. Written in 1950, it is the first of seven books in C.S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series. It’s an easy classic for your child to get stuck into, although slightly more mature themes are present. Also, there are lots of great resources online for this book. For more traditional learning activities, comprehension style questions can be found easily. Or, to get those imagination muscles working, try some creative writing exercises (E.g. Get your child to create their own magical character).
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries
A relatively new release, this charming & festive book partly written by McFly member turned children’s author is a fun, heartwarming and engaging read for all KS2 learners. Everyone needs a little Christmas magic every once in a while, and the story of William’s adventure with the titular Christmasaurus might just do the trick.
For an even more fun activity, we challenge you to come up with as many dinosaur-themed Christmas puns or jokes as you can. Enjoy our one!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This delightful classic was one of my favourite stories growing up. This book can be re-read over and over, and still retains its unique charm. There are many fun and creative activities which work well with this story. Why not try making a festive secret garden terrarium with your child, perfect to try at home. Using materials such as pebbles, moss, soil, plants and ornaments, or something a little curious with pipe cleaners, Lego or play-dough.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This timeless classic is full of fantastic characters. My personal favourite is the Mad Hatter, an iconic character! This book is well-loved by children and adults alike. Conjured one ‘golden afternoon’ in 1867, the story of Alice has charmed readers for more than 150 years.
Some activities to try- you could try decorating a teacup with paints or create a crazy hat out of newspaper! A great activity to try is writing invisible ink messages as a link to the Cheshire Cat which can disappear! Using milk or lemon juice you can write out messages on paper using a cotton bud. Let the ‘ink’ dry and the message should have disappeared. To reveal the secret message simply hold the paper close to a light bulb or brush grape juice over the message.
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