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The Snowman Michael Morpurgo & Robin Shaw, based on the original story by Raymond Briggs. This is a new novelised adaptation of Raymond Briggs' classic story (also available here), bringing all the magic of the original tale into a narrative form. A boy named James is so excited when snow arrives on his farm that he rushes outside to build the snowman he has been longing to create. Wonderfully, the snowman comes to life and gives James a magical adventure that he will never forget. This cherished story that never loses its magical appeal, is bound to be a favourite for many to curl up with this Christmas. You can also find accompanying classroom resources here. Also features on: Christmas 2018 Round-Up Buy on Amazon A Boy Called Christmas Matt Haig & Chris Mould This hilarious novel is a festive favourite with KS2. A Boy Called Christmas tells the story of Nikolas, whose father is a woodcutter who has disappeared on a dangerous expedition to find Santa’s elves. Nikolas sets out to the Far North to rescue his father, encountering danger, new friends and a good deal of Christmas magic along the way. Eventually Nikolas he finds that he has his very own part to play in bringing festive joy to many others. You may also like the other stories in the series: The Girl Who Saved Christmas (available here) and Father Christmas and Me (available here). Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog: review & classroom resources Buy on Amazon Dream Snow Eric Carle From the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this is the story of a Santa-like farmer who dreams of snow on Christmas Eve. When he wakes, he discovers real snow has fallen, just in time for him to bring special gifts to his animals. This is a multi-sensory edition, complete with surprise flaps, textures and Eric Carle’s iconic collage-style illustrations that would make an excellent stimulus for Christmas creative projects. We particularly recommend Dream Snow for EYFS and Year 1. Buy on Amazon The Christmasaurus Tom Fletcher This debut children’s novel from Tom Fletcher is already a bestseller and will be a much requested Christmas present this year. Follow the adventures of William Trundle as he encounters elves, reindeer, snow, Santa Claus and a rather festive dinosaur. Fast-paced and full of humour, The Christmasaurus is a terrific story to read aloud to KS2. Buy on Amazon The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Susan Wojciechowski & P. J. Lynch This classic Christmas story has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and has also been turned into a children’s movie. This book tells the story of Jonathan, a talented woodcarver who always looks alone and unhappy. Unbeknown to the nearby villagers, what lies beneath Jonathan’s cold exterior turns out to be a sorrowful story about his lost wife and child. One wintry day, a widow and her son come to Jonathan with a request that leads to a delightful resolution to the tale. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is a stirring picture book with tremendously detailed illustrations and is suitable for use across the KS2 range. Buy on Amazon The Dog That Saved Christmas Nicola Davies & Mike Byrne Published in Barrington Stoke’s ‘super-readable’ and dyslexia-friendly style, this is a short chapter book that readers will find easy to pick up and hard to put down. Jake stands out from many of the other children at his school and Christmas is a time that is especially difficult for him, with the bright lights, loud noises and changes in routines causing him a great deal of anxiety. When Jake befriends a lost dog, which he calls Susan, a beautiful bond begins to form that helps Jake to stay calm and cope with the difficulties he faces. After a while, Susan’s real owners turn up to reclaim their missing dog and Jake and his family needs to find a way forward while their world feels like it has fallen apart. This is a touching and inclusive story that is well suited for the 6-8 age bracket or for less confident readers in the upper primary years. The narrative sensitively explores the idea that Christmas is not an easy time for everybody, while also drawing out festive values of family, kindness and compassion for those in need. Also features on: Christmas 2018 Round-Up Buy on Amazon Babushka Dawn Casey & Amanda Hall There is something for all year groups in this magical Christmas folktale from Russia. Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive looking for a new born baby king. When Babushka decides to follow the men, she finds that the snow has covered their tracks and she doesn't know which way to go. Babushka keeps on searching, giving gifts from her basket to every suffering child that she passes. Babushka is a beautifully illustrated story from another culture that brings together the festive themes of generosity and what it means to pursue your beliefs even when it seems difficult. Buy on Amazon Snow (Walter de la Mare) Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei If you are looking for a means of introducing classic poetry to your class, this book would be an excellent choice. The classic poem ‘Snow’ by Walter de la Mare is presented as an accessible picture book with stunning illustrations. The poem describes a stark wintry landscape broken into by the tune of a robin. What we love about this edition is how the illustrations of the houses behind the frosty snow scene pick up on small details of the poem and expand them to bring to life extra layers of meaning. This text would make a wonderful stimulus for Christmas writing projects across both key stages. Buy on Amazon The Night I Met Father Christ