For 7-12 year olds
If you are looking for a Christmas read for older kids who read by themselves, then “Cool Christmas stories” compiled by Elizabeth Holland is a worth a look. This book includes Christmas stories by Sam Hay, Dyan Sheldon and Martin Waddell. While some of the stories seem to thrive on traditional seasonal trappings like Santa sliding down the chimney to fill up the stockings with gifts, or the concept of Man on the Moon, things I feel the young readers may have outgrown, the stories however do make an interesting read. The book can also double up as a read-aloud, if you have an emergent reader not yet comfortable with devouring a chapter book on his own. Though minimal, the illustrations are whacky enough to make our jaded and skeptical younger generation take notice! Stories such as the hilarious fantasy-within-a-fantasy adventure of Santa facing trouble during the delivery of gifts in “Troublesome year for Father Christmas” by Sally Grindley, or the story of a young girl whose persistence gets her parents to give in and almost celebrate Christmas in “Not quite Christmas” by Dyan Sheldon, the daring story of a girl spreading the warmth and cheer of Christmas that wins over a fire-spitting dragon in “Imelda and the Dragon” by Martin Waddell or the realistic take on the reason behind Stagger, one of Santa’s reindeers, being Santa’s weakest link in “The Clumsy Reindeer” by Elizabeth Holland, are all sure to make it a cool Christmas vacation for young readers this year! So here’s wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy holidays in advance!!