Read stories to your children this Christmas

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Reading to my sons has been one of the biggest joys of being a mum. Whether it was watching them fall asleep as I read The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss or listening to their questions about the stories it's always been the best part of my day. As they got older their interest in hearing me read to them has almost disappeared, BP (now 12 years old) never wants me to read to him, and LP (7 years old) enjoys reading by himself but will, occasionally, want me to read to him.


  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Walt Disney





While BP isn't keen on reading LP loves to read and I encourage his reading whenever I can. He has read a wide range of books and continues to search for new books and stories to enjoy as he grows up. He's just started on the Beast Quest series of books and he's already on the final book in series 1. LP's solo reading does him good, it inspires him, it teaches him new words, and it stops him from being bored.


  • You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!

Dr. Seuss





Christmas is a brilliant time to read to your children, it gives you a chance to sit with them quietly and enjoy a story together. A soft, expressive voice is essential, and of course you need the right story.





The Night Before Christmas


I was asked recently to review the ebook The Night Before Christmas. This is a story I have never read but always heard snippets of in TV shows like Friends (when Phoebe claims she wrote it). I always wanted to read the book to find out what the rest of the story is like. So when I was asked to review the ebook I was a little excited. Not only would it be a good read for LP but I would enjoy it too.


  • It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring,
  • not even a … BEAR ?
  • Clement Clarke Moore's much loved poem is brought beautifully to life in this gorgeous picture book with a twist- as Santa visits a family of bears on Christmas Eve.



I read the poem to LP on an iPad and while I read the words LP looked at the pictures. The pictures are bright and beautiful, more bright than I expected. From his cabin bed LP could see the pictures well and didn't need to strain to see them. 

The poem itself is wonderful and leaves you with a warm Christmassy feeling. I did have to explain to LP that St. Nick is another name for Santa as we've only ever called him Santa but apart from that LP enjoyed the story.

While I won't be letting LP read this ebook before bed I will be putting it onto his iPad for him to read whenever he likes. That's the beauty of a digital book, you can read it on any device.

The Night Before Christmas ebook is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Kobo for £1.49, and on Barnes and Noble for $2.99.




Keep inspiring


Tonight pick up a book and read to your child, inspire them to go on adventures and enjoy the written word. The english language is a beautiful thing and each story uses it in different ways to portray their meaning. I will continue to try and read to LP and once he's decided he's too old for that I will encourage him to keep reading. 


  • A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

C.S. Lewis


Will you read to your child tonight?

23 comments:

  1. The Night Before Christmas is my FAVOURITE Christmas book! When I was little, I used to get my mum to read it to me every bedtime in the run-up to Christmas. As soon as my little one was old enough to understand Christmas, we bought her her own copy too. I'm def going to check out getting a copy for our devices too! #PoCoLo

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    1. It makes me so happy when I hear that parents are passing on their love of books to their children. I'm sure your little one will love it. I hope you enjoy it on your devices too! xxx

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  2. Love this story and you know that I am a massive fan of reading as a mum and a teacher. I'll have to check this app out (although we have the book). #POCOLO

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    1. Totally agree with you Catie, it's so important. I think having it on the devices means at least BP may look at it. :)

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  3. I love reading with my son, I just find it really brings us closer, we are loving the Christmas books here too :) Thanks fr hosting #PoCoLo

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    1. I agree Helen, it does bring you closer. Spending quiet time together as you read a book is so special. x

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  4. We have so many books I wasn't going to do Christmas books this year. But now I'm feeling bad... maybe just a couple ;)

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  5. Beautiful book and the twist to have the main characters as bears is sweet.

    Mainy

    #PoCoLo

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  6. I love stories with bears in them! The Night before Christmas is one of the books in our Christmas collection. Unfortunately I don't read to my children anymore Morgan as they are 15 and 16! It is certainly a habit that I miss.

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    1. Oh that's a shame, I hope they enjoy reading though. xx

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  7. We read this book every Christmas eve without fail, it's my absolute favourite!! This one looks lovely with the bears! #PoCoLo

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    1. That's awesome Laura! The colours are so bright in this and it's such a Christmassy story you'll fall in love with it. :)

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  8. I used to love reading to my son and he was a real bookworm just like me but over the past year he's lost interest and it has become a rarity (he's 7) which saddens me. I still get to read to my 2yr old though and sometimes my son will read to her too so I'm holding out hope he'll come back to books soon.
    #PoCoLo

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    1. It is a shame when someone stops reading, I always remind LP (who is also 7) when he hasn't read anything for a while. I think sometimes he just forgets how much he enjoys reading. xx

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  9. We love books here and try to swap them seasonally. #PoCoLo

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    1. That's great Helena, and such a good idea. xx

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  10. Love the Disney quote. My daughter is really good about going to sleep at night, the only issue we ever have is that she keeps wanting more and more books. Not a bad problem to have #pocolo

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    1. Thanks Jeremy, no not a bad problem at all. I'm sure you'll find her, when she's older, with a book and a torch under her blanket! :)

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  11. I loved reading to my niece and she still has her love of books, it's definitely something to encourage from a young age I think. Her punishment as a child, is one I would have hated, and that was to have her book taken away! #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha that's a great punishment for people who love reading. I've threatened LP a couple of times but not had to do it yet. ;)

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