Christmas Elves on my Shelves | Selected Titles for Children

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It’s Christmas time and the season to be jolly! Christmas is a time for celebrations, gifts and wishes. Anisha Bajaj gives you a great compilation of some Christmas-themed books for kids aged 4 to 7 years.

Read them or gift them and get hooked!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr.Seuss

No Christmas themed list of children books can be complete without Dr. Seuss Christmas classic – How the Grinch Stole Christmas – featuring the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville! “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot… but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!”

Read this inspiring story that will amaze kids and adults alike where a dash of kindness from Cindy Lou Who and her family transforms Grinch.

His heart grows three sizes after doing good deeds.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is yet another classic Christmas-themed book dating as far back as 1986. It is a captivating and enthralling story of a boy who wakes up to the sound of a train. As he boards the train, he is magically transported to the North Pole. He is the lucky one to receive the first gift of Christmas.

Back at home, the boy rings his bell (the gift) but his parents cannot hear the sound. Only his sister and he can marvel at the beautiful sound. The book ends with a wonderful note on trust and faith:

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Stick Man by Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is a wonderful picture book. This Christmas-themed book is an all-time favourite. It is the story about Stick Man who lived in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. However, on one unfortunate day, the Stick Man was carried farther and farther away from home. Lost and disappointed Stickman helped Santa Claus, who finally helps him find the house again. The rhyming text and wonderful illustrations make it an instant and perennial hit with the kids.

The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H.Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children.

In this Christmas-themed book is a warm-hearted story to teach the importance of caring and appreciating the blessings in life that we have instead of focusing on what we ‘want’.

The protagonist, Roland, raced down the stairs to check his present on the Christmas Day but was disappointed. He was expecting a bigger gift. He set out to find a bigger and a more perfect gift for himself.  In the pursuit of happiness, he moves away from his house and Earth so far that his house looks like tiniest of speck and finally he longs back for the smallest gift of Christmas – his own house.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

This is yet again a simple but powerful story with lively collage and artwork which is trademark of the renowned writer and illustrator Eric Carle.

It is 24th of December and yet it wasn’t snow outside. The farmer dreams and imagines a snow-storm coming and covering him and his animals in a snowy blanket. He wakes up to see that it has really snowed outside. He puts on his red coat and goes outside to put gifts under the trees for his animals and presses a button that creates the most magical sound for children everywhere.

“The pictures are in Carle’s trademark richly coloured and textured collages that capture the snowy magic of Christmas.”—Kirkus Reviews

-Anisha Bajaj

Anisha Bajaj is  founder of Kidzalaya – The Pustakalaya for kids (a children’s book library) in Mumbai. She is spreading the love for books across the city. Anisha is a book reviewer and has also made story contributions to a children book.


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