When Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol' was first published in the mid-nineteenth century, both America and Britain were going through tumultuous times with the far-reaching effects of the Industrial Revolution beginning to show. Although, the gross income of the nations had risen but so had, the population of poverty struck workers living in slums. And this book showing the redemption of its main character from a selfish, miserly businessman into a kind, generous, and compassionate man who embodies the spirit of Christmas became an instant success and had a huge impact on society itself. Christmas was revived into a merry festival of family gatherings with generosity of spirit as the central theme. A huge number of big businesses started their own charitable organizations and rich people turned to philanthropy citing the book as their influence. Such is the power of the written word that it moves people to take action. There are a number of brilliant books akin to ‘A Christmas Carol' which you can gift children this Christmas for them to understand the true spirit and values of the festival and also spend time in a constructive endeavor. Go through the list of Christmas themed books for children given below and gift the young ones something to learn from this Christmas.
Christmas Books For Kids
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
The original Christmas story which is a must read for everyone. Reading Dickens' masterful story of Ebenezer Scrooge as a lonely, miserly and unkind businessman getting transformed into a benevolent family man after being visited by the ghost of his dead business partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come tugs at the heart strings. It is a joy to see his redemption by the end.
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express is a timeless children's picture storybook, which has now been made into an animated film as well. The story of a boy who believes in Santa Claus and makes a fantastic journey to the North Pole on the magical Polar Express is a fascinating read for young and old alike. The wonderful dreamy artwork by the author is another reason why this book will remain a classic.
Letters From Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien
This is a collection of letters, which the famous author used to write and illustrate for his children every Christmas between 1920 and 1943 and get it delivered to them in various ways. He used to write it in the name of ‘Father Christmas' and recount tales of his adventures along with his helpers, the North Polar Bear, and his cubs at the North Pole. The vivid imagination and the incredible stories make this one a must for children.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss' story of a cat-like creature called the Grinch who tries to foil the Christmas celebrations of the affectionate Whos in the merry town of Whoville has been around for 53 years but still remains a classic. The subtle criticism of commercialization of Christmas is also adds significant appeal to this book. The final change of heart of the Grinch makes this story as endearing as ‘A Christmas Carol'.
The First Christmas - Jan Pienkowski
The First Christmas is the story of Jesus' birth as told by King James. Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations bring the story alive and children would love looking at the pictures time and again. Definitely one of the best illustrated Christmas books available.
A Child's Christmas In Wales - Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas takes us back to his childhood spent in a quaint Welsh town in this Christmas memoir. The beauty of this book is the lyrical, almost musical use of language and the images it brings to mind of a childhood we all instantly relate to and get nostalgic about. Children would love the vivid description of details, which might seem alien but at the same time similar to their own Christmas celebrations.
The values and spirit of Christmas are best captured in classic children's Christmas books. Read this article to know more about some famous Christmas books for children.