Over 25 Christmas Chapter Books

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

— A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

With Christmas fast approaching and building renovations ongoing, our homeschooling schedule for December has been scaled back.  But with more time at their disposal the children have gathered all our Christmas themed chapter books and made a little ‘Christmas Library’.

Here are some of the ones they have included – a mixture of contemporary and classic literature, mainly for 6-10 year olds.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

For more ideas:

An Abundance of Christmas Stories

The Nutcracker Extravaganza

Classic Christmas Stories & Poems

Over 25 Christmas Picture Books

Christmas Audiobooks

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