Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to spend the cold winter evenings than curled up with a good read?
We've collected the best books in our library to get you in the holiday spirit and excited about all those presents come Christmas morning!
Arguably the most Christmassy of all stories, this timeless tale has had countless adaptations and references made to it in every possible medium, including, very successfully, by The Muppets.
The classic book tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge - a heartless old miser who doesn't enjoy Christmas, and doesn't think anyone else should either. But, one Christmas Eve, some ghostly visitors take Scrooge on a journey that changes his mind for ever.
Everyday, Lou Suffern battled with the clock, wishing he could be at two places to be at the same time. On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside his office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room. But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou - how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time? As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life, yet, at the same time, he learns the harshest lesson of all.
This book is also available from the Talking Books library (TB17644)
It's Christmas in the toyshop, and the toys learn that they are going to be on their own for four whole days. At first everyone is gloomy, but then somone suggests that they have a party - with a Christmas tree, presents for everyone and, who knows, maybe even a visit from Father Christmas.
With a heart two sizes too small, the disgrungled Grinch is the meanest creature you'll ever meet. When he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville, he finds that he's in for a big surprise. In this Christmas book, Dr Suess uses humour to teach that there is more to Christmas than pheasants, presents and party poppers.
Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But, though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.
Between the years of 1920 and 1942, the celebrated author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrote letter to his children, and signed them Father Christmas. Also known as Letters from Father Christmas, this is the collection of those charming letters, illustrated by Tolkien himself.
John Grisham is best known for writing chilling thrillers, but this funny Christmas tale is far from scary!
Imagine a year without the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition. This is just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they plan to skip Christmas and embark on a Caribbean cruise instead. But as this weary couple is about to discover - it's not as easy as that.
This book is part of the popular Rainbow Magic series.
Holly the Christmas fairy is all in a flutter, putting the sparkle into Christmas. Now Jack Frost has stolen Santa's sleigh, and the queen of the fairies needs Rachel and Kirsty to help Holly get it back.
This magical account of Dylan Thomas's childhood, and of Christmas Day in a small Welsh town, has become a modern classic. It belongs, as such, to the tradition of Christmas and the Christmas carol, the wreath on the door and the lighted tree in the window.
This book was released as part of RNIB's partnership with HarperCollins, and was added to our library simultaneously on its publication day.
On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones. Times are tough for Ava - she's struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it's nearly Christmas. So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn't know it yet.
Having been evacuated from London during The Blitz, siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live in a rambling old house in the English countryside. While exploring the house, the children find an old wardrobe, which leads them into the magical land of Narnia. They soon discover this enchanted place is doomed to perpetual darkness, unless the children can unite with Aslan the lion against the evil White Witch, to restore joy and light to the land.
This is the fourth book in the Tales of the Willows series, a collection of four sequels to Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows.
The twelve day of Christmas are fast approaching, and Mole is planning to enjoy every one of them with his River Bank friends. So when the normally cheerful Mr Toad despairs at the arrival of Mrs Ffleshe, a quite impossibly rude house guest, Mole sets out to help. But his plan to rescue Toad goes horribly wrong and, faced with the prospect of Christmas in the Village Gaol, Mole will have to act quickly if he is to keep the Christmas spirit alive