Wonderful winter reads
With Christmas done and dusted for another year, and the excitement of the festive season beginning to subside, there's no better time to ease yourself into a winter read.
Here's a few of our favourites:
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
"She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart."
This is a classic fairy tale of good vs evil. Best friends Gerda and Kai are torn apart by the powers of evil when Kai is tricked and kidnapped by the Snow Queen.
Gerda, refusing to believe he is dead, as their neighbours believe, scours the earth to find him. But can she reach him in time and defeat the powerful Snow Queen?
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann
"The longer Maria gazed upon the little man whom she had taken a liking to at first sight, the more she was sensible how much good nature and friendliness was expressed in his features."
Written in 1812, the story was turned into a ballet in 1892, and The Nutcracker is now considered to be the one of the most popular ballets in the world. The story follows that of seven-year-old Maria who receives the best Christmas present of all - a Nutcracker doll. With magical curses, dolls coming to life, royalty and revengeful mice, there's plenty of action in this tale to keep you hooked.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it."
This heart-warming tale of courage and friendship will have you reaching for the tissues. Heroine Sara Crewe attends Miss Minchin's boarding school, but when her father sadly dies she is left with nothing and must work as a scullery maid to earn her keep. Throughout her mistreatment by Miss Minchin, and despite her misfortune, Sara remains kind and caring to all. Read the book for yourself to find out if Sara has a happy ending.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
"You speak of destiny as if it was fixed."
Set in a parallel universe, Northern Lights is the first book in Pullman's His Dark Matters trilogy. The snowy, artic backdrop for much of the story's action makes this a perfect winter read. Strange child kidnappings and an overheard secret conversation sets 11-year-old Lyra off on an adventure to uncover the truth and restore order within her universe.
If none of these take your fancy, have a look at the Kumon Recommended Reading List for some inspiration.
So why not make the most of your time off with the children by sharing some quality story-time together or take some 'me-time' for yourself and relax with one of our cosy reads.