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24 Christmas book ideas for older children & tweens, perfect for a book advent calendar, Christmas Eve Box or simply sprinkling some festive cheer!

A Jolly Festive Round-Up
Christmas Book Ideas Older Children & Tweens

Whether you’re looking to add a book to a Christmas Eve Box, create a Book Advent Calendar or simply want to find a festive book you can enjoy with your young reader, we’ve got a whole host of Christmas books ideas for older children, tweens and early teens.

There are so many wonderful Christmas book options available now that it’s hard to pick just a few!  But we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to get you started.

Let the festive reading begin!

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We all know that children learn to read and enjoy stories at difference paces.  So use the below purely as a guide and please feel free to check out our other book ideas for more inspiration too.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

A classic!  What more can we say?!  Once added to the book advent calendar, this book will last and last, captivating a whole host of ages!   Pair it with a movie night if you’d like or simply enjoy on its own.  This is one of those books that just has to be read each Christmas time!

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Clarice Bean Think Like An Elf

Who can resist a festive serving of Lauren Child’s fabulous Clarice Bean?!  Concerned that Christmas might be Christmassy enough Clarice summons up her inner elf to keep the festive spirit high.  A perfect new addition to the Christmas book offerings.

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A Boy Called Christmas

A modern day classic and the first in Matt Haig’s Christmas series, this is an emotional rollercoaster of a read as we learn the real story of the boy who is to become Father Christmas.  (Perfect to read ahead of watching the movie set to be released imminently.)

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Horrible Christmas

The ever-popular Horrible Histories takes the reader on a journey of Christmas across the ages and explores where today’s traditions originated.  As always with Terry Deary’s books, this festive edition is engaging and entertaining as well as informative.

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The Ice Garden

More frosty magic than festive. This fabulous tale follows the story of 12 year old Jess who is allergic to the sun but discovers a secret ice garden complete with resident.  An enchanting heart-warming story for older readers.

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The Accidental Father Christmas

As Ben’s Christmas wish to have his father home for Christmas never comes true, he’s starting to question the whole Santa thing.  But when his plan to get proof results in him giving the real Father Christmas concussion, Ben is thrown into a series of mishaps and adventure!  A great, funny read sure to hold attention. 

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The Christmas Joke Book For Funny Kids

What do you call an elf who has just won the lottery?  Welfy!

‘Tis the season for jokes (good, terrible and everything in between) so why not add some festive cheer to your child’s book collection with this round up of Christmas crackers! 

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The Very Merry Murder Club

A series of 13 short stories written by a host of award-winning authors including Serena Patel (Anisha Accidental Detective) and Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike series).  A collection of mysteries, mur2ders and adventures all set around the festive period, this is a perfect dip-into book for the run up to Christmas.

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The Night I Met Father Christmas

A Christmas Carol and The Santa Claus story rolled up into one when Jackson ends up joining Father Christmas on his deliveries one Christmas Eve.  A fun festive light-hearted read; definitely one for the list.   

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The Snowman

The stunning timeless illustrations-only story by Raymond Briggs is of course a great Christmas book option.  But we were pleasantly surprised by this written version penned by the fabulous Michael Morpurgo.

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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

Okay this one is more ice, snow and magic than Christmas but it’ll always be a festive book to me as my elder son discovered it one December and was completely enthralled.  Highly recommended fantastical adventure.

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The Christmas Pig

New for 2021, J. K. Rowling certainly needs no introduction. This time however we follow Jack as he searches for his favourite toy, Dur Pig (or DP for short).  Definitely written for a slightly older audience, this book touches on broken families and teenage angst in amongst plenty of festive magic.

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Letters From Father Christmas

J R R Tolkien’s vivid imagination is set to work envisaging life at the North Pole in this series of letters, written for his own children and delivered one a year when they were young.  This beautiful hardback edition includes reproductions of all the letters and illustrations Tolkien had penned by hand.

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The Christmas Carrolls

Holly Carroll and her family love Christmas! So much so that they celebrate it every day of the year.  But when the family move, and Holly transitions from home-schooling to her local school, she starts to question how to fit in when you are different.  Read our full review of this fabulously festive book, and interview with author Mel Taylor-Bessent, here.

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Meet The Christmas Carrolls

Read our review of new children’s book The Christmas Carrolls and discover more in our interview with the author behind the festive cheer!

A Christmas Carol

What is Christmas without Ebenezer and Tiny Tim? This beautiful edition is a great introduction to the unabridged version of the Dickens’ classic with Quentin Blake’s instantly recognisable illustrations making light of the text.  For the upper end of the age group or to read as a family.

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Father Christmas's Fake Beard

A collection of short festive stories by the late great Sir Terry Prachett.  A brilliant introduction to the fantastical mind of this master writer including exploding mince pies, a helpful partridge in a pear tree and Father Christmas being arrested for burglary! 

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Eddie vs. the Shadow Shifters In The Battle For Christmas

The memory of Christmas is being stolen in Eddie’s new hometown by some decidedly ‘shady characters’.  Can he restore memories and normality before it’s too late?  A different kind of festive story which should hit the mark with this age group.

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Weird But True! Christmas

Did you know that only female reindeer keep their antlers in winter?  Can you guess what was the first Christmas carol sung in space?  Perfect for inquisitive young minds and festive chats at the dinner table!

Find out more here.

Simple christmas Eve Box

Ideas for filling a DIY Christmas Eve Box – perfect for last-minute panics or when you don’t want to splurge.

Mistletoe & Murder

A festive chapter in the Murder Most Unladylike series.  This story sees detective duo Daisy and Hazel join forces with fellow detectives to uncover the truth behind an ‘accident’ at Maudlin College in Cambridge just two days before Christmas.

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The Dog That Saved Christmas

Jake finds Christmas tricky, with the changes in routine and sensory explosion of lights and noise.  But when he forms a special bond with a lost dog he finds on the street, things become a little easier.  A great story to prompt discussion around different experiences of the Christmas season, and purposely produced with dyslexic readers in mind.

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The Good Bear

Beautiful story of Thea who, whilst visiting her father and his new family in Norway for Christmas, discovers a bear in the nearby woods.  The book explores the relationship between Thea and her father, one familiar to many young readers, whilst also sharing the fantastical special bond between Thea and the bear.

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Hetty Feather's Christmas

You know you’re in safe hands with Dame Jacqueline Wilson!  We return to the World of Victorian foundling Hetty Feather for this festive tale as Hetty’s own Christmas takes an unexpected turn when an old friend arrives.

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The Miracle on Ebenezer Street

A modern day retelling of A Christmas Carol, full of magic and emotion.  The story follows George and his Ebenezer-like Dad as a magical snow globe from Marley’s Curiosity Shop takes them on an adventure through Christmases past present and future.  

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The Night Before Christmas

But of course!! This is a traditional edition of the timeless poem, a perfect heirloom to live in your Christmas Eve Box and be enjoyed year upon year!

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More Christmas Book Inspiration

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Which other festive books do your children enjoy reading? Do let us know in the comments below!  We love discovering new Christmas books!

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