Bedtime stories


Christmas eve gifts … books for a bedtime story, then quickly to sleep so Santa can pop down the chimney to deliver the gifts.


Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Lost Christmas – a sequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and equally as humorous, with the Grinch determined to win Who-ville’s Christmas tree contest. HarperCollins UK Children, R399.


It’s chaos at Christmas, as a who host of animals get into silly situations as they try to celebrate the season. You Can’t Let an Elephant Pull Santa’s Sleigh by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman is a delight … hysterically funny. Bloomsbury, R220


A magical story about a 10-year-old girl who is convinced her mum’s new boyfriend is Father Christmas (he even works on a reindeer farm). LD Lapinski’s brilliant Step Father Christmas in 25 chapters … so one a night with two on Christmas eve. Orion, R220.


The Boy Who Slept Through Christmas – a magnificent musical novel by Matt Lucas, about Leo’s first Christmas without his mum. There are QR codes that you can scan, and listen to the song as you read … with all the words at the back, so you can sing along too. Farshore, R295.