The jury’s out on whether or not I’ll be able to continue with A Christmas Carol as our current long read-aloud. Both girls have been a little frightened by Scrooge’s ghostly visitor, Marley. I think it borders on Anne Shirley’s “deliciously scared” feeling, but I’m mentally scrambling to find a worthy substitute. We’ve read a few seasonal chapter books together already:
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
- The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer
While every one of these is not necessarily about Christmas, they’re all at least set during the Christmas season. I also read The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Wiggin myself as a pre-teen and again a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but it’s not really quite age-appropriate for my girls just yet. I have thought about reading Wiggin’s The Birds’ Christmas Carol to them, but I know nothing about it and wonder if it might be a little overly saccharine for our modern tastes. Other than that, though,
I’m drawing a blank now. Lulu has been reading The Willows at Christmas by William Horwood, which is a modern sequel to The Wind in the Willows. While I could certainly pick it up as a read-aloud with no complaint from her (she’s reading it somewhat under duress 😉 ), I’m curious–have you read a great Christmas-themed chapter book that I haven’t? Please, tell me about it in the comments!