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Christmas book recommendations for an older child/teen?

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ShowOfHands Sat 29-Oct-16 12:32:34

I collect Christmas books, particularly vintage children's Christmas books. We get them down from the attic at the beginning of December and read several a day to get through them.

On Christmas Eve the dc get a new Christmas book each and we read them and The Night Before Christmas before bed.

It's getting harder each year. DD is 9 and a v able reader so reads more teen stuff. I'm struggling this year. Last year I went a bit off piste and bought an old copy of The Railway Children which isn't a Christmas book but has a great Christmas message.

So, are there any gems I've missed for older children?

ShowOfHands Sat 29-Oct-16 12:35:16

I've bought this for 5yo DS and it's very funny if anybody wants a recommendation in return.

attheendoftheday Sat 29-Oct-16 14:30:43

I enjoyed the Box of Delights and The Dark is Rising at that age, but if you are a collector you may already have these!

The Robert Sabuda books would still interest someone of that age I think.

outofdepth Sat 29-Oct-16 14:35:39

How about a Christmas Carol by Dickens?

ShowOfHands Sat 29-Oct-16 17:39:18

We have three copies of a Christmas Carol. DD's copy is the Robert Ingpen illustrated one. It's beautiful. Good suggestion though, she loves it.

We don't have Box of Delights actually. That's a fab suggestion.

I have a Sabuda pop up book but it's not a Christmas one. Just had a look at his Winter's Tale and it's stunning.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 29-Oct-16 17:47:21

Would A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig be too young, do you think? It's lovely, really in the spirit f Christmas classics, and has great pen and ink illustrations. We got it for 9 yo DD last year and she'll be getting the companion book, A Girl Called Christmas this year in her stocking.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 29-Oct-16 17:48:34

Sorry, I meant The a Girl Who Saved Christmas.

GreenGinger2 Sat 29-Oct-16 17:54:19

Have you got Little House in the Big Woods,The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll, The Christmas Star by Eva Ibbotson,Nancy and Plum,The Family Under the Bridge and Greenglass House?

GreenGinger2 Sat 29-Oct-16 17:58:15

Wells and Wong series have a new book out- Mistletoe and Murder

Ballet Shoes isn't a Christmas book but has a couple of great Christmas scenes in it. Ditto Little Women.

exexpat Sat 29-Oct-16 18:32:12

DD really enjoyed The Thirteen Days of Christmas when she was about 10 or 11.

And A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is a (short) classic.

ShowOfHands Sat 05-Nov-16 07:36:31

Thank you all of you. smile

I've bought three new books! That'll keep us going for 3 years hopefully.

Your suggestions were brilliant. Little Women is one of her favourites too. She had that and The Water Babies from my Mum last year.

Emeralda Sat 05-Nov-16 07:42:06

I agree with Box of Delights. Was also going to say Christmas with the Savages.

FormerlyCatherineDeB Sat 05-Nov-16 07:44:21

Arthur Ransome's Winter Holiday is nice for Christmas.

delilabell Sat 05-Nov-16 08:18:39

The Christmas myesteryear by hosting gaarder. Each chapter is part of an advent calender so it's a perfect countdown

delilabell Sat 05-Nov-16 16:32:02

Just realised that made no sense (posting with a wriggly baby)
The Christmas mystery by jostein gaarder.

5Foot5 Sat 05-Nov-16 17:03:31

Have you got "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson. I remember it being quite amusing

AnthonyPandy Sat 05-Nov-16 17:21:59

how about Lost Christmas? Suitable for your older daughter.

OrlandaFuriosa Sat 05-Nov-16 17:27:48

All of the Laura Ingalls Wilders have good Christmas scenes, but esp Little house on the Prairie.

I think one if the Green Knowe ones does too.

I love the 13 days if Christmas. Makes me laugh every time.

One of the Antonia Forest Marlow books , ? Autumn term? Has a brilliant Christmas bit in it.

OrlandaFuriosa Sat 05-Nov-16 17:30:42

If you want the actual Christmas story, Jan Pienkowski's Christmas is the best... superb illustrations. ( mind you, ds was appalled to discover that there was no record if an elephant at the nativity a bit later on,,)

And for littlies, Jesus' Christmas party.

beatricequimby Sat 05-Nov-16 22:20:05

Lots of great recommendations here. What Katy Did and What Katy Did at School have nice Christmas scenes.

My ten year old dd still likes Holly and Ivy by Rumer Hidden.

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