Ruth Houston

Texthelpers’ guide to holiday reading

It’s been a busy term! Don’t let all the hard work go to waste over the holidays; why not give your pupils a list of inspirational reads to get their teeth into during the break? We’ve asked some of our Texthelpers to tell us about their favourite seasonal reads.

Happy holidays from Texthelp

With literacy levels a constant focus here in the UK, getting kids interested in reading is increasingly important. And what better way to encourage them to pick up a book than to introduce them to some of the seasonal classics.

To keep their brains working over the holidays, why not set your class a little Christmas project? Get them to pick one classic holiday tale, read it during the break and then complete a review for the new term; helping them with reading and understanding text as well as developing their writing style.

If reading’s a struggle for some of your class, don’t worry all of the books on our list are available as eBooks or audiobooks too.

We’ve asked some of our Texthelpers to tell us about their favourite seasonal reads 

Jade, our Market Researcher’s favourite book is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. She says, “I absolutely love the Polar Express because it shows that no matter where you are in the world you can make friends with people from different cultures and have new experiences together.”

Caroline, who manages our UK Education team loves Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies. Here’s why: “It’s a story that reminds us of the power of believing, and that there’s an inner child in all of us, no matter how old and jaded we get.”

Kevin is the graphical genius behind our new look, he loves A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. “What I love about A Christmas Carol is that, when you’re young it’s all about the magic, the travel through time and the panto like bad guy in Scrooge… BUT… when you get older, you see it in a different way.  It’s really about a person’s worth among others and that what you do and the decisions you make in life which affect everyone, especially those who are closest to you.  It’s about regret and appreciating your friends, family and life while you still can.”

Laura works in the UK Education team. Her favourite seasonal book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. She says, “Whoah, this brings back great memories from my childhood.  A beautiful story showing that with a bit of courage we can conquer anything and that  good always conquers.”

Finally, Marie-Claire, who works with our Marketing team favours The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg.  “One for the younger readers! Hitch a ride with the Jolly Postman as he peddles around delivering festive greetings to a host of fairy-tale characters. A throwback to the olden days before the Big Bad Wolf was able to send threats to Little Red Riding Hood on the internet and had to do it by snail mail. 

Best of the rest

If our Texthelpers' picks aren’t your favourites, here a round-up of other Christmas classics.

How the Grinch stole Christmas - Dr Seuss
The night before Christmas/A visit from St Nicholas - Clement  C. Moore
Little Women - Louisa May Allcott
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R Tolkien
The Nightmare before Christmas - Frank T. Thompson
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - R.L May

Just in case your class aren’t inspired by classics or you look after younger readers, try suggesting a more personalised read such as “Santa is coming to Jacob’s house”. If the story’s about them, it’ll help them to engage and relate.

Let us know what books your class will be reading over the holidays by commenting below.

Enjoy your well-earned break, see you in the new year.

Happy Holidays!



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