Classic and Modern Christmas Books for Children

This unique list contains the best classic and modern Christmas books chosen among some lists of well-known sources. Kids, teens and even the parents will surely enjoy these Christmas stories. 


A Christmas Carol (2006)

Written by Charles Dickens

Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

The celebrated P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens's beloved tale in a richly illustrated unabridged edition.

"Bah Humbug!"

That's how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge's painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge's heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see?

First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is republished in this unabridged edition gloriously illustrated by the award-winning P.J. Lynch, this story's message of love and goodwill, mercy and self-redemption resonates as keenly as ever. This book is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Random House LLC.

Patrick James (P. J.) Lynch has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in the 1980s.

Lynch has won many awards including the  Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions, first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (1995) by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea (1997) by Amy Hest. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey has sold more than a million copies in the USA alone, and has been made into a movie in 2007.

In recent years, Lynch  has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of Irish stamps. In 2006, he completed two large murals on the theme of Gulliver’s Travels for the new Cavan County Library, and he has recently designed a giant mosaic for the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo which was unveiled in February 2016.

Lynch has lectured on his own work, and on Art and Illustration at the National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library of Ireland and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as at numerous conferences and colleges across the U.S. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.



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