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Book Recommendations: Christmas Stories for your Children

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!!


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Divya Purandar is a practising advocate, wife to an IT professional and mom to an eight year old brat. She began blogging at http://divya-onestoryaday.blogspot.in/ .while living in the US as she was fascinated by the world of children’s books. The blog gave her a platform to share her reading adventures while offering a brief review of the book in question. She has also reviewed children’s books for other parenting blogs and forums. What started out as a penning down of reading experiences with her little one has turned into a journey of self discovery and a sounding board for Divya’s parental musings.

6 thoughts on “Book Recommendations: Christmas Stories for your Children

  1. Ignatius Fernandez

    Divya, thank you for ushering in the Christmas spirit, with your post. With you, I will state, that it is the best season of the year, when the very air you breathe is different. Your recommendation of books is timely. I wish you and your family a peace-filled and blessed Christmas and an eventful 2015. God bless. Ignatius.


  2. Divya

    Thanks for your wishes Igantius! Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to you too. I hope you like the books I have recommended.
    Thanks Asawari for your suggestion. Will include books on Indian Mythology in my future posts. Season’s greetings to you too!


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