1. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
On a cold snowy night a snowman magically comes to life and takes a small boy with him on a wondrous journey. There are no words in this book – just a treasure-trove of evocative drawings that will give the grandchildren much pleasure and wonder during this already special time of the year.
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2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol tells the story of one of the most unforgettable characters in literature, Ebenezer Scrooge, whose name became synonymous with a particularly bitter kind of character. Originally published in 1843 it remains popular today and retains much of Dickens’ empathy for those less fortunate.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
Tim Burton weaves a specially sinister kind of magic in this, the graphic novel of his feature film. Enter a distinctly strange world of tricks and more tricks. Perhaps a touch too scary for very little ones – this is Tim Burton after all – but older ones will appreciate the innate coolness.
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss
The Grinch loathes Christmas. In fact, he hates it so much that he plans to steal it. Will his terrible plan work? You’ll have to read the charming text and evocative illustrations to find out. What’s for certain is that small children will enjoy the tale of this festive anti-hero.
5. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C.Moore and Eric Puybaret
First published in 1823, this poem has captivated generations of impatient children on Christmas Eve as the long wait for Christmas morning begins. As with many children’s books it has been greatly enhanced by its magical illustrations. All in all, enough to engage a small grandchild easily.
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