Top Texts for December 2022

Mel Taylor Bessent has chosen some fabulous festive texts for December

The Snow Dragon

by Abi Elphinstone & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting . . .

In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden, and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. Until, of course, the Snow Dragon comes to life and takes Phoebe on the adventure of a lifetime.

Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock have created an enchanting, magical, and deeply moving picture book, with illustrations that swoop off the page, and a story that pulls at the heartstrings.

How Winston Delivered Christmas

by Alex T Smith

On Christmas Eve, Winston finds a letter to Father Christmas that didn’t make it to the post box. He sets out on a Very Important Mission to find Father Christmas and hand him the letter in time.

Told in twenty-four-and-a-half chapters (like an advent calendar in the form of a book – how clever is that!?), this gorgeous, heart-warming story is fun for all ages, and features Christmas activities for readers to make and do together.

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street

by Catherine Doyle

George’s dad has no time for Christmas, but when George stumbles across Marley’s Curiosity Shop, he finds a mysterious snow globe that shows him a Christmas from his past.

This is a spellbinding* adventure story that reimagines Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a clever, funny, heart-pounding and magical way.

*I don’t use that word lightly – it TOTALLY captivated me

Mel Taylor Bessent

About this month's reviewer

Mel Taylor-Bessent is the author of The Christmas Carrolls and The Christmas Competition (so she knows a thing or two about good Christmas books!). She’s also the Director of the award-winning website,, which hosts Author Masterclasses, weekly ‘Author of the Week’ videos, downloadable resources, and more. For more information, go to or check out her author website