The war in Ukraine continues. But the childhood of our children also continues. And our task is to do the maximum so that it, no matter what, is happy. You can add magic to children’s lives with the help of books. We have made a selection of the top 20 best books for children about winter, New Year and Christmas.
1. “Christmas Story”, Tina Karol (” Rіzdvyana іstorіya”)
In a boundless world, we are all looking for goodness, love and tranquility, daily we are waging an invisible struggle against injustice and evil. And although we almost forget about fairy tales in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, miracles do not only happen around Christmas. The main thing is to unite, believe and follow the light against the darkness… This is the main leitmotif of the Christmas story from Tina Karol.
2. Loud Hibernation by Kathy Hudson (The Great Hibernation)
The tortoise does not like winter, and every year, when the first snow falls, it nestles comfortably for hibernation. But this winter, it seems that she will not be able to sleep peacefully. This story will convince even the most ardent grumblers that a lot of exciting things happen in winter, especially when good friends are around!
3. “Mitten for the nose”, Oksana Krotyuk (“Mitten for the nose” by Oksana Krotyuk)
A book that can instill in your child a caring attitude towards their health. She will teach him how to dress properly in the cold season, with the help of vivid illustrations.
4. “Christmas in the Big Tree”, Sylvie Michelin (“Christmas at the Great Tree”)
At the top of the tree lives a family of squirrels – father, mother and three squirrels – Melchior, Balthazar and Kaspar. On the eve of Christmas, little Kaspar disappeared somewhere, and his father went in search of him. Together with him, little readers will jump from branch to branch, look for little animals and chicks, open bright windows with surprises to finally find out where the baby squirrel and his friends are hiding and how the inhabitants of the forest are preparing for Christmas.
5. ” Christmas for Gossip” by Rob Scotton (“Christmas for Gossip”)
The night before Christmas came. Cat Gossip cannot close his eyes: what if he was not very polite and did not deserve the biggest gift in the world? You have to wait for Santa and tell him all your exploits yourself … But Santa does not come. Was Gossip really not obedient enough? Did he help his mother with the housework in vain? Faithful Seymour and the little sister lead Splet to the living room, and there … Black Fluffy simply could not stay without a holiday.
6. ” It’s time for everyone to carol”, Roman Zavadovich (“It’s time for everyone to carol”)
All sorts of miracles happen during the magical time of Christmas. So in this Christmas book not only children carol, but also forest animals. The poetic lines of the classic of Ukrainian children’s literature will be easily remembered by kids, and thanks to the colorful illustrations of the artist Maryana Kachmar, you can learn the names of animals and even musical instruments with your kids.
7. “Brave Evelina at the South Pole”, Ulla Mesmeyer (“Vidvazhna Evelina at the Pivdenny Pole”)
Have you ever been to Antarctica? Do you know what the penguins do there? The brave traveler Evelina will gladly tell you about it. After all, she made a stunning journey in a balloon to the very South Pole.
8. “First Christmas”, Dzvinka Matiyash (“First Christmas”)
David was an ordinary shepherd. For him, there was nothing better than spending the whole night in the pasture near the herd with his grandfather and his stories. And the best among grandfather’s stories was about the Messiah, who should come to earth. David could not even imagine that he would become one of the witnesses of the birth of Christ.
9. “Christmas comes to the land of the Moomins”, Tove Jansson (“It’s a good time to come to the land of the Moomins”)
One morning in December, the long winter sleep of the Moomin family was interrupted. The world outside the walls of the house has changed beyond recognition: something white and mysterious covered the entire Moomin Valley, everyone ran headlong, hung with gifts and bundles with festive food and drinks. The inhabitants were in excited anticipation of something that was heading towards Moomin Valley.
10. “Father Christmas and I”, Matt Geig (“Batechko Rіzdvo i I”)
Living with elves, flying on a sleigh and seeing with your own eyes every day how magic is born… Almost every child dreams of this! However, for Amelia, the new life in Elfhelm was a real test. At school, she never mastered elvish math, where two plus two equals… snow. In the Toy Workshop, she did not cope with the easiest work, and at the lesson on the sleigh she smashed the most expensive ones. However, when an insidious enemy decides to destroy Christmas, it is Amelia and her friends who will have to save the favorite holiday of elves and people.
11. “Gift of the Christmas Star”, Agnieszka Nozhinska-Demianiuk (“Darunok of the Christmas Star”)
In the book you will find six good tales of unexpected adventures at Christmas. Saint Nicholas, the star of Bethlehem and angels will bring the heroes of this book the real magic of a majestic holiday, and they will tell young readers about the most important values of Christmas – the family circle and belief in miracles.
12. “Christmas stories under the pillow”, Natalia Pashinskaya (“Christmas stories under the pillow”)
The characters in this book do not sit still. They are very adventurous. Short stories and colorful illustrations will give you the feeling of a real Christmas miracle.
13. “When the snow smells like tangerines”, Roman Rositsky (“If the snow smells like tangerines”)
The characters in the stories are teenagers. Sometimes during the festive season they get into trouble and experience various adventures, and sometimes they receive unexpected gifts or become discouraged due to painful losses and do not understand how to turn on the “joy” button on the order. But the most important thing for each of them is to celebrate the New Year and Christmas with their loved ones. And this is the real holiday magic.
14. “Santa’s Magic Workshop”, Alice Dolan (“Santi’s Enchanting Workshop”)
Santa’s workshop works non-stop, because every year the number of children waiting for gifts only increases. Santa is sure that everything is under control! In his workshop, all processes are established, because there have never been problems with the delivery of gifts. Do you want to see how everything is arranged there?
15. ” Christmas Eve in Wonderland” by Carys Benksin (“The Night Before Christmas at Divokrai”)
Wonderland is ruled by the Queen of Hearts and she hates Christmas! It all started when the queen was a little princess. She wrote a letter to Santa with her cherished wish. But the White Rabbit, who carried the letter, did not have time to bring it to the post office! Since then, the queen has forbidden to celebrate Christmas, and you can’t even talk about it! And celebrate even more so! But one day, on the evening before Christmas, Santa finally receives a letter from the Queen of Hearts, written when she was little, and rushes to bring her a present!
16. “Winston and the Christmas Letter”, Alex Smith (“Winston and the Christmas Leaf”)
On the eve of Christmas, Winston finds a letter to Santa Claus, which for some reason did not get into the mailbox. The hero goes in search of Santa Claus to give him a letter before Christmas comes. As he travels through the festive city, Winston meets wonderful friends, experiences extraordinary adventures, and receives special rewards for his act of kindness.
17. Christmassaurus, Tom Fletcher (Rizdvosaurus)
The boy William asks Santa for a dinosaur for Christmas and does not even suspect what his request will turn out to be. Flipping through the pages of this hilarious book by the British writer and musician, you’ll find out who helps Santa at the North Pole and who tries to shoot the reindeer, how friendship is born out of hatred, and why Mr. Trundle loves Christmas. And, of course, you will meet the most fantastic book hero – Christmassaur.
18. Fantastic Adventures of the Christmas Company, Corinne Gieseler (Fantastic Uses of the Christmas Company)
Freda always knew that her cat was special… but not so much that Santa Claus himself called him and asked him to help save Christmas! However, there is no time to be surprised. The girl must trust her furry friend and go with him straight to the end of the world. There, at the North Pole, the League of Christmas company operates, thanks to which children from all over the world receive gifts every year. But this Christmas, Santa’s helpers don’t seem to be able to fulfill the children’s orders: an unknown hacker has blocked the company’s main computer!
19. “Once Upon Christmas”, Nadiya Gerbish (“Once Upon a Christmas”)
In this surprisingly light and homely fairy tale, the real spirit of Christmas lives. A family of hedgehogs – dad, mom and their three children – not only prepare for the holiday together, tell the story of the birth of Jesus, but also receive unexpected guests – two little gophers lost in the forest. All together they learn to be wise, prudent and open their hearts for good.
20. “Christmas story of the little Tail”, Alexander Gavrosh (“Christmas story of the donkey Tail”)
Donkey Tail – the main character of the Christmas nativity scene. And now, on the eve of Christmas, he is kidnapped. And here the real adventures begin, in which, of course, there will be some magic.
Author: Ekaterina Kopaygora