Use the Christmas holiday break to get your students to read. Here are some of our favourite festive reads.
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Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Read all about Anne Shirley’s adventures on Prince Edward Island. Anne is still a very popular literary character, and she is a great role model for adventurous, ambitious and smart girls and young women. And don’t forget to watch the excellent TV adaptation when you have finished.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
The ultimate feel-good Christmas book for anyone who likes excitement, mystery and a happy, if tearful ending.
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
This funny and heart-warming story is a great choice for anyone who likes animals and adventure stories, and who also has a sense of humour.
by Louisa May Alcott
This book is an easy choice as the main characters are the four March sisters, four very different personalities. It is an ideal story for teens, no matter what they are like: tomboys and romantics will love it the same.
The Red-headed League
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Detectives, adventurers, analytical minds will definitely go for the Sherlock Holmes stories. If you like mysteries and puzzles, read Conan Doyle’s famous stories.
by Jack London
The story of White Fang is an all-time favourite for anyone who loves nature, adventure and wild animals. Plus there are fabulous descriptions of the Alaskan landscape.
by Jane Austen
If you are looking for a light-hearted romantic story that takes you back to the early 1800s, choose Emma. Austen was such a great observer of society, human nature and feelings that her descriptions and situations are still relevant and anyone with a love of irony will thoroughly enjoy this story.
by Emily Brontë
This is the right book for people who like a dark and passionate love story with a twist to the ending. This book will appeal to readers of both sexes and of all ages as it tells us so much about human nature and the complexity of love.
The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde
This is the kind of ghost story anyone will be happy to read at Christmas: it grabs your attention, keeps you interested, and entertains you with Oscar Wilde’s hallmark wit.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
If you are looking for even more excitement, this is the right story for you. This is another classic which observes superstition from a humourous perspective, and the imagery will take you back in time to the old state of New York.
The Coconut Seller
by Jack Scholes
This original story is a real treat for us in Europe in wintertime. Most of us are dreaming of sunny beaches and a lively atmosphere. This story is set in colourful Brazil, and its exciting storyline, a crime story with a romantic twist plus some family drama to boot, will appeal to everyone.