'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.' - author Jackie French

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Favourite Christmas Books

Ever wondered what Christmas books your favourite literary stars are particularly obsessed with? We have! We're thrilled to present these favourite festive books from a slew of literary people, from award-winning authors and illustrators to publishers, librarians, bookstore owners and website editors. Enjoy!

Susanne Gervay
Author, Regional Advisor SCBWI Australia East and New Zealand
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Quentin Blake

Dimity Powell
PS: Who Stole Santa's Mail by Dimity Powell

Rebecca Newman
Editor of Alphabet Soup's Blog
The Sugar-Plum Christmas Book by Jean Chapman and Deborah Niland

Michael Wagner
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Jackie French
Author and Children's Laureate
The ABC Book of Christmas retold by Mark MacLeod, with a variety of Australian illustrators including Stephen Michael King, Anna Walker, Sally Rippin, Greg Roberts.

Ursula Dubosarsky
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

Christina Booth
Horrible Christmas (Horrible Histories Series) by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

Nicky Johnston
Christmas as Grandad's Farm by Claire Saxby and Janine Dawson

Tony Flowers
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs 

Stephanie Owen Reeder
Author, Illustrator, Editor and Reviewer
The Night Before Christmas: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition by Clement C Moore and Niroot Puttapipat

Paul Collins
Author, Publisher
The Down-under 12 Days of Christmas by Michael Salmon

Sharon McGuinness
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and P J Lynch

Emma Perry
My Book Corner
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Felice Arena
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
(and Fleech highly recommends this version for kids)

Sue Whiting
Publishing Manager, Walker Books Australia, Author
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Suess

Meredith Costain
The Gift of the Magi by O Henry

David Murphy
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore and Matt Tavares

Jackie Hosking
Children's Author, Editor www.passitonmagazine.com.au
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

Adam Wallace
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

Jackie Small
Teacher, Mum and Editor of My Little Bookcase
Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Sandy Fussell
Mum, Author, Computer Programmer (in that order!)
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline

Megan Daley
Teacher Librarian, Blogger @ www.childrensbooksdaily.com
The First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski

Jasmine Berry
Read to My Child
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and Kerry Argent

Paul MacDonald
The Children's Bookshop
Wombat Divine by Mem Fox and Kerry Argent but also Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan

Andrew Joyner
Honey’s Dream by Ursula Dubosarsky and Ron Brooks 

Vicki Stanton
Editor www.buzzwordsmagazine.com
Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Chelsea Hall (5 years)
Book Lover and Daughter of Angela Hall
Bug in A Book
Where’s Santa? Around the World by Louis Shea


  1. Snap Vicki Stanton. So glad to find someone else who shares my deep love for this book :)

    Ladies, I loved reading this post. Such a great array of cherished Christmas books here.

  2. You've such good taste, Jackie! :-) Seriously, it's so easy to love books by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael-King - they come from the heart.


We value your comments, however, please note that all comments are moderated and need to be approved before publication, so spammers ... don't waste your time. Your comments will never be published.