“Always winter and never Christmas;
think of that!”
“How awful!” said Lucy.
— The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Lucy is right. It would be awful! Christmas is most definitely the light in the darkness. Such joy amidst the long winter months.
There is something about these dark cold evenings, that makes snuggling up on the sofa with books all the more enticing. So whether you are looking for Christmas stories to enjoy during Advent, chapter books to get children in the festive mood, stories to listen to in the car, picture books or read alouds for the whole family, then hopefully you’ll find something below.
I hope you find something for your family to enjoy. We have just embarked on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Would love to hear your recommendations!
My Boy’s Book Recommendations
Listening to Audiobooks
Classics for Young Independent Readers
Picture Books for 2 year olds
Over 40 Children’s Books
20 Picture Books for 3-5 year olds
20 Family Read Alouds
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“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
— Hans Christian Anderson
With spring in full bloom here in Oxford, the bees and butterflies are now out in the garden. They add a wonderful sense of beauty, productivity, life and purpose. When it comes to butterflies, we are very much amateurs, but loving learning all the same as we spend time outdoors.
Every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination . . .
— Charlotte Mason
Last term our ‘artist of the term’ was the magnificent Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564). This was a treat, if a little brief for such an artistic giant – sculptor, painter, architect and poet.