Christmas topic books for EYFS, KS1 & KS2

A handpicked collection of fiction and nonfiction topic books about Christmas, the nativity story, and stories set during the festive period. Suitable for children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, the titles include books by Raymond Briggs, Fiona Watt, Dawn Casey, Kate Saunders Graham Oakley and Catherine Doyle. This selection of books has been designed to complement topic work about Christmas, classroom and KS1 & KS2 school libraries.

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Christmas topic books for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 – our recommendations

Winter Tales by Dawn Casey

A beautiful and diverse collection of highly illustrated winter and Christmas themed tales. Including versions of the Snow Queen, The Mother of the Sea, The Little Black Cat, The Nutcracker and A Cloak for the Moon, this lavish hardback explores winter through magic, fable and wonderment from around the world. The ultimate book of bedtime stories to read in the run-up to Christmas.

Winter Tales by Dawn Casey

The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley

Parents who read this during their childhood will remember this book instantly, through the distinctive and absorbing narrative illustrations. With Arthur and Humphrey in despair that Christmas might not happen this year unless they can make some money, Father Christmas comes to the rescue in spectacular and unexpected fashion. A modern Christmas classic.

The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley

Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Hendry

A timeless story about a house filled with Christmas guests and Father’s Christmas’ comical difficulties in finding and catering for all of them. With lively ink illustrations, this is great fun to read and share with your children, or class, in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Hendry

Trouble on Planet Christmas by Kate Saunders

When hooves appear in the Trubshaw family’s kitchen it’s clear something has gone wrong. Soon they find themselves whisked away by reindeer to the distant planet Yule-1 – to help save Father Christmas. This fast-paced, madcap, illustrated chapter book adventure is a perfect easy reader for children in years 5&6 at the end of the autumn term.

Trouble on Planet Christmas by Kate Saunders

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares

A heartwarming story about a young doe who dreams of a better life away from the circus. When she seizes her chance to escape she meets a large man in a red cape, and so a Christmas story begins. A great story for EYFS and KS1 children, and a good starting point for Xmas literacy ideas.

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares

Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming by Beatrix Potter

A compelling Christmas countdown book that follows Peter Rabbit in a different adventure on each day in the lead up to Xmas day. The stories and ideas in this book can be used year after year and will enchant all ages.

Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming by Beatrix Potter

100 Christmas Things to Make and Do by Fiona Watt

A practical and inspiring activity book full of achievable and exciting festive craft activities. These include decorations, a stunning advent calendar idea, Christmas cooking goals and many other projects to engage the whole family. Highly recommended.

100 Christmas Things to Make and Do by Fiona Watt

The Christmas Story: Experience the magic of the first Christmas by DK

An engaging and vibrant first Christmas storybook suitable for younger children up to 5. There’s a lot to look at and discuss in the illustrations and plenty of opportunities to share and talk about the story.

The Christmas Story: Experience the magic of the first Christmas by DK

Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk by Owen Gildersleeve

A visually stunning die-cut picture book complete with glowing lights! Full of yuletide awe and wonder, this story – told in evocative verse – captures the seasonal spirit and is ideal to share by a festive tree.

Let it Glow: A Winter's Walk by Owen Gildersleeve

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

A classic board book for early readers. The absorbing and addictive lift the flap format will captivate toddlers as the story slowly reveals all the presents Santa has sent. Beautifully illustrated and presented – this is a book to treasure.

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

The Queen’s Present by Steve Antony

Follow Santa and the Queen on a roller-coaster quest around the planet to find the perfect present. World landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower are visited in this cracking Christmas story suitable for EYFS children.

The Queen's Present by Steve Antony

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

An unforgettable and moving picture book that encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. When a boy embarks on a mysterious train, he begins a journey that will culminate in him meeting Santa and receiving a very special gift. This book also inspired a classic festive film.


Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

It’s Christmas Eve and Father Christmas has woken up in a mood. It’s cold and he certainly doesn’t want to go outside. Can he battle the wind, snow cold and his dreams of a warm summer holiday to deliver all the presents in time? A funny and memorable story to read with younger children.

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Y Moore

A classic story that needs little introduction. With timeless verse and evocative pictures, this book will continue to mesmerize children over the festive period for generations to come.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Y Moore

The Christmas Joke Book for Funny Kids by Imogen Currell-Williams

A great book full of festive jokes for children to share with each other, with friends and classmates or with relatives around the Xmas meal. With tongue twisters, puns, knock-knock jokes and quick quips, this book will keep children absorbed.

The Christmas Joke Book for Funny Kids by Imogen Currell-Williams

LEGO Christmas Ideas by Elizabeth Dowsett

Loads of inventive and imaginative Lego building ideas for the festive period. With games, builds, ornaments and challenges, this will keep children engaged for long periods of time.

LEGO Christmas Ideas by Elizabeth Dowsett

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A spellbinding and atmospheric chapter book – ideal for children in KS2 – that combines magic, mystery and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in an unforgettable time-travel adventure. This would make a great class reader in the last few weeks of term, or a great book to read in the first week of the holidays.

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

The Christmas Story by Ian Beck

A beautifully realised retelling of the Nativity, with accessible language and vibrant illustrations. This is an ideal book for early readers, and perfect for KS1 topics about Christmas and classes performing a nativity play.

The Christmas Story by Ian Beck

Christmas topic resources and activities

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Looking for more recommendations? Have a look at our magazines for children, our great Christmas present books, our Christmas book advent calendar and our other topic books for KS1 and KS2.


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