Holiday reading recommendations

Use the Christmas holiday break to get your students to read. Here are some of our favourite festive reads. 

If you think you still need some help on choosing the perfect book for a particular class or student, download our Reading Habits and Reading Personality quizzes from our Teacher’s Resources.

What’s more, on our educational platform, e-zone, you will find interactive, self-correcting activities for each reader.

9783852727622_500Anne 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.




9783852720524_500A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

The ultimate feel-good Christmas book for anyone who likes excitement, mystery and a happy, if tearful ending.





wind_willowsThe 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.






Little Women
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.





9783852720012_500 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.





White Fang COVERWhite Fang
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.




9783852725178_500Wuthering Heights 
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.




9783852720098_500The 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.





Sleepy Hollow COVERThe 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.




9783852723037_500The 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.

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