Top 5 Children’s Christmas Stories

January 19, 2021

With the advent of the school Christmas holidays and a potential period of isolation and quarantine this winter, looking for ways to entertain your little ones might seem trickier than normal. Here at Rowanvale Books, we’ve put together our list of top Christmas story books to make sure you’ve always got something on hand to keep your kids (and yourself!) occupied. With a mix of classics, Rowanvale’s own and more topical books, there’s something in this list for everyone! 


  1. Santa Goes on Strike, Jem Vanston 

  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss 

  3. Sockz at Christmas, Erica Willmott 

  4. Denzil the Hard-Nosed Reindeer, Leighton J. Rees 

  5. The North Pole Lockdown, Danielle Corrigan  




Santa Goes on Strike, Jem Vanston 

Tired of people’s selfishness and greed at Christmastime, a depressed Santa decides to go on strike, leaving the reindeer to work things out for themselves. With a message relevant for any time of year, Santa Goes on Strike aims to raise awareness of depression and the importance of family during tough times. Praised for his poetic writing, Jem Vanston has written a funny and heart-warming story, enjoyable for adults and children alike. 

Purchase here: 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss  

74 years after its original publication, we’re doubtful that this Christmas classic needs any introduction. A story truly suitable for all ages, this is a perfect book to combine with a cosy movie night on one of our long winter evenings.  

Sockz at Christmas, Erica Willmott 

A series about travelling socks—including trips to New York and ParisSockz came about when Erica gave her uncle thirty pairs of socks for his birthday, only to find that he had no matching pairs left within two months! In this instalment, Sockz makes his way up to the North Pole, where he meets a worried Santa, unsure if he’ll be able to deliver enough presents on Christmas Eve. Will Sockz be able to save the day? 

Purchase here: 

Denzil the Hard-Nosed Reindeer, Leighton J. Rees 

You’ve surely heard of Rudolf and co., but has anyone ever told you about Denzil? Santa’s rudest, laziest and most stubborn reindeer has been his best kept secret… until now. This funny, light-hearted tale will bring a smile to everyone’s faces this Christmas, with the story of a reindeer which has never before been told. 

Purchase here: 

The North Pole Lockdown, Danielle Corrigan  

Danielle Corrigan has written a story perfect for any true believers in the magic of Father Christmas who are worried about how the presents will be delivered after the lockdowns taking place this year. Santa and his elves are determined not to let the events of the past year ruin Christmas in this tale of a community finding a way to come together, even if they have to keep two metres apart. 


While you’re here, why not check out a few more of our blog posts here.  Alternatively, if you’re interested in the services we offer, our plethora of packages can be found here and our Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. Can’t find an answer? Not to worry! Feel free to contact us at or call us on 029 2128 0200 where we are more than happy to answer any other questions.

Get in Touch

Learn more in our free publishing guide, which gives you a more detailed look at the process, or by speaking to one of our publishing consultants, who would be happy to walk you through all the details you need to begin the process.
“When I found Rowanvale, they seemed like the perfect publishing house for me and my books, almost like it was too good to be true! But they really are everything they say they are.”

– D. Bishop
029 2128 0200

    Rowanvale Books is the largest and one of the longest running self-publishing companies in Wales. Visit us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter below.
    029 2128 0200
    © Rowanvale Books Ltd 2020 | Registered in Wales | Company Registration No. 8820249 | VAT No. 228574387
    linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram