Children’s Christmas books: the best seasonal stories this year

Festive reads from Mel Taylor-Bessent, Kieran Crowley, Siobhán Parkinson and more

Evie’s Christmas Wishes, by Siobhán Parkinson, is a charming Christmas tale

Evie’s Christmas Wishes, by Siobhán Parkinson, is a charming Christmas tale

Christmas is coming and the Carroll family are ready. It is only September but the fake snow has been scattered, the fairy lights have been lit and the smell of gingerbread permeates the rooms of their new house on Sleigh Ride Avenue. After years of homeschooling, Holly has just started at the local primary and is determined to spread cheer throughout the school. The other pupils, however, are not receptive to her “treeific, festabulous, christmariffic” charm.

Mel Taylor-Bessent’s seasonal story is saturated with festive fun. Highlights include the family’s singular inventions designed to make their home even more Christmassy – tinsel tush toilet paper, a jinglyjanglingy Christmaloo – and their impermeable gleeful goodwill. Underneath the baubles, however, this is also a story about fitting in. The Christmas Carrolls (Farshore, £7.99, 7+) is the perfect book – and perhaps the perfect antidote – for children who wish it was Christmas every day.

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