Christmas book tips for kids and teens!


A few years ago when I visited a school in early December, I saw a wish list that the students had made in preparation for Christmas. Of course there were Christmas wishes for things such as smartphones, tablet computers and various toys listed. But what struck me then was that several of the students had wished for both time with their families and to share activities with them.

In my job as a librarian, I often meet children and young people. There are many who like to read, but some have not yet found their book. I know that reading isn’t for everyone, but everyone should have a chance to relax. I believe that many of today’s children and young people are not always aware that maybe what they’re missing is a nice story and a good reading experience.

To help the child into the world of books, role models who read are needed. Through small actions, adults can show their children that reading is both an important and relaxing pastime. Therefore, during the upcoming Christmas holidays, we could focus on reading through small deeds.

Bring your child on a trip to your local library sometime in December. Ask a librarian for help in finding books that the child may be interested in reading on her/his own. Ask also for a book that you can read aloud together. Sometimes reading aloud with your young ones can inspire them to read more by themselves. Also, it’s never wrong to spend time together reading to each other. If, on the other hand, you have a teenager in the house, I suggest you read the same book and pause on a regular basis to talk about your reading experiences. Or, choose an audiobook to listen to during a long drive. Every little helps…

I wish you many nice reading moments together and a wonderful Christmas holiday!

There are a lot of wonderful stories out there. Below are some suggestions for Nordic books for children and young adults which were published in 2016-2017 and that have been translated into English.

Books for children:

  • Havukainen: Tatu and Patu’s Marvelous Christmas
  • Kaaberbol: The Wildwitch-series
  • Nesbø, Doctor Proctor- books
  • Parr: Astrid the Unstoppable
  • Parvela: Bicycling to the moon
  • Wegelius: The Murderer’s Ape
  • Widmark, The Jerry-Maya Detective Agency-books

Books for teens:

  • Simukka: As red As Blood-series
  • Turtschaninoff: Maresi: The Red Abbey Chronicles Book 1

TEXT: Mikaela Wickström

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