There is nothing better in my opinion than a book for Christmas. It can whisk you away on new adventures with fascinating characters and get your imagination racing all in the comfort of a cosy armchair.
We are thrilled to be taking part in the Brit Mums and Penguin Random House Children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge and were sent a mystery parcel last week with three books in it.
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner by Terry Pratchett contains fourteen funny stories full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks! This is the perfect gift for our eldest son who, to put it mildly, doesn’t read for pleasure! I think he will be pulled into this book by the master storyteller. The short stories and amusing tales will keep him captive I am sure!
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher is the ex McFly frontman’s first novel and one our youngest son will love. This story sets off on a Christmas Eve adventure with a boy, an elf and Santa himself plus a baddie called Hunter and a most unusual dinosaur. Noah loves Christmas and anything to do with the magic so he will be unable to put this book down!
Our third book is Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson and this will be perfect for our niece, Lucy. For Clover Moon her imagination is the best escape from the hardship of poverty striken Victorian London. When all around her is crumbling she hears of a place she could run to but does she have the courage and will leaving her family give her the chance to break free? This sounds like a fantastic Christmas escape!
I love reading and think there is nothing better than being gripped by a book that you can’t put down – the best feeling is racing home from work to pick up that book again and lose yourself.
Growing up I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton – Famous Five, Secret Seven, Magic Far Away Tree and Mallory Towers to name just a few. I also loved the classics like Little Women and Jane Eyre. I still prefer reading a book to watching a film.
These days getting the chance to read does depend on what is happening in life at the time. I have been working as a teacher so this has physically, mentally and emotionally drained me each day but in holidays I have made the most of the opportunity to relax and read. I love crime thrillers and also a good dose of chick lit and anything that combines those genres with some gritty plots is just my thing. I hope my love of reading is passed on to my children.
What books are you and your children hoping to find under the tree this Christmas?
Would love to hear any recommendations. x