Christmas still seems so far away (only a week everyone… get going!!). But there is still so much to get done. It somehow always catches up with you, year after year. This weekend it is time to wind down, at least a bit, and enjoy some family time. If you live in a colder climate take a hot chocolate and the warm socks and get the whole family under a blanket with some books. If summer is only starting for you why not a good Christmas book around the pool or at the beach. Whichever it is Happy Christmas Reading and here some of our favourites that have been published in many languages. Any additional your kids enjoy?
Spanish version: Era la víspera de navidad
A cute story about St Nicholas coming to everyone’s house on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are a hit. We have two different editions and they are both beautifully drawn.
Other versions: El cuarto rey, Der vierte König
A reminder of the true meaning of Christmas
A holiday classic, of how sticking together is more important than any presents and material things.
(what the little fir tree wore for Christmas)
A magical story about a little tree that was not chosen for Christmas. But Christmas day brings a beautiful surprise for the little tree.
Not sure this exists in other languages but the illustrations alone are gorgeous. A captivating story about friendship and the real meaning of Christmas.
German version: Weihnachten in Bullerbü
This is a personal favourite, Astrid Lindgren at her best. A fun and naughty group of kids, go about the Christmas preparations in a turn of the century village (that’s 1800-1900!!) After reading the book, the movie is also incredibly well done, leaving you with a warm and cosy feeling about friendship and growing up together.
A wordless story, in which a snowman comes alive. Can be “read aloud” in any language!!
A typical disaster turned beautiful story, in true Paddington-style.
Opus the penguin, the main character, wishes for Christmas that he had wings that work like other birds. The book is about accepting what you are given because everyone is special in their own ways.
A bilingual and personalised story that will spark your kid’s imagination and language ability.
You can personalise name and look of the child and choose two out of ten available languages.
TimTimTom – Playfully Reading and Learning Languages