Great Children's Books for Reluctant Readers this Christmas Season

When children struggle with reading for any reason, books can become a battlefield. Our suggestions feature brilliant artwork, accessible lengths, fun activities and specific dyslexia-friendly titles to help make reading fun again. Ring in the festive season with this selection of brilliant wintry reads!

Early Readers for 5+

  • I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell
    When Mum and Dad’s arguing convinces Jo-Jo that Christmas has been cancelled and it’s all his fault, he decides to make amends – he will become Father Christmas and bring the holiday to everyone on his street! Heartwarming, family-friendly story with gorgeous artwork from Chris Riddell. This book is in Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems range and has dyslexia-friendly features including special paper and design.

  • Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas by Shirley Hughes
    Classic Shirley Hughes! This is a super collection of Christmassy stories, poems, recipes and craft activities, featuring her trademark illustrations – sure to inspire nostalgia in adult readers. Great for adults and young readers to enjoy together and easy to dip into for anyone who might just need a quick reading fix without being overwhelmed.
  • How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith
    Great ‘advent calendar’-style read for the lead-up to Christmas. With a chapter-a-day for December reading, the story follows a little mouse called Winston as he tries to deliver a letter to Father Christmas, with each chapter including festive craft activities. Great for struggling readers with lots of natural rest stops. And we love Alex T. Smith’s illustrations here at Barrington Stoke! 
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  • The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig and Chris Mould
    Fun, heartwarming story with an important message, this is a perfect winter read from bestselling duo Matt Haig and inky genius Chris Mould. The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true but can a little honesty help a little girl when she needs it most? Told entirely in rhyme, the lyrical pace and rhythm will support kids as they begin reading independently.
  • The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer and Peter Bailey
    Lovely festive tale set in Poland. The carp arrived alive, in a bucket, for Grandpa Feliks’ Christmas dinner. But when little Lucja falls in love with ‘Mr Fishy’, it looks like Grandpa’s dinner is off the menu… This book is in Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems range and has dyslexia-friendly features including special paper and design.

Young Fiction for 8+

  • The Dog That Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies and Mike Byrne
    A very special and inclusive story for everyone who might not love this time of year. Christmas is a nightmare for Jake – he hates the lights, the noise, and the disruption to his routine. But everything changes when he finds a lost dog and forms a special bond, helping him cope with the things that usually stress him out. Maybe there’s a chance that this Christmas will be one the whole family can enjoy. This book is in the Barrington Stoke range and has dyslexia-friendly features including special paper and design.

  • Hamish and the Terrible, Terrible Christmas by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler
    Hugely fun and laugh-out-loud short story from a brilliant series. The Terribles are set to ruin Christmas for everyone in Starkley but can Hamish and friends stop them? Packed full of humour and rollicking along at a fast pace, reluctant readers can’t help but get sucked in to this wonderful world created by former comedian-turned-writer Danny Wallace.

By Barrington Stoke

All Barrington Stoke fiction has dyslexia-friendly features. The tinted paper and dyslexia-friendly font offer a smoother read for everyone. To look at the range or for more information, visit www.barringtonstoke.co.uk

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