The holiday season is here, and finally we get some days and nights to ourselves maybe in the company of a good book. Books also make perfect presents for little and big ones, and instead of holiday homework you might consider giving reading tasks to your students. What books do you usually recommend? In general, which stories make good holiday reads?
Think about the feelings you have when you are reading the perfect holiday book. What activities do you link with the festive season? Do you think of winter adventures? Or perhaps sitting by the fireplace? Baking and cooking for your family and friends? Some people want to see snow both on their pages and on the ground outside. There are others who would like to feel warm and escape into a sunny adventure between the covers.
Maybe it’s a biography or a travel book, a cook book or a collection of poems. Maybe it’s the subject matter or the setting of the book that makes you think of heart-warming or exciting winter memories. Here are some ideas.
Books for young children
Read A Christmas Present for Barney Bunny by Maria Cleary (level b) and Food for the Winter by Rick Sampedro (level e) if you are looking for some snowy adenvtures. Classic tales can also grab your young children’s attention, and Beauty and the Beast retold by Richard Northcott (level e) is the kind of story that suits the festive atmosphere.
Books for the bigger ones
Read the same books as your students, but give them a graded edition of the original story you are reading. The following titles are available in Helbling Reader editions.
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Level 1)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Level 1)
- The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde (Level 1)
- Little Women by Louise May Alcott (Level 2)
- White Fang by Jack London (Level 3)
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Level 3)
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Level 4)
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Level 4)
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Level 4)
Some more stories for advanced readers
- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Let It Snow by John Green
- The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
What are your favourite Christmas stories? What are you reading this winter?