holiday readers

It’s that time of year again! Students are heading off on their winter breaks to spend time with their friends and family. It’s the perfect time to think about what we can do to keep our students motivated to practice their English during the break.

Reading is a great way for students to expand their vocabulary and improve their language skills from the comfort of their sofas. The problem learners often have, however, is finding a book that is both suitable for their level and entertaining enough to hold their attention.

Here are three festive readers that you can recommend to your students to keep them busy this holiday season. We have also included downloadable teaching notes and audio samples so you can introduce them in your classes and get an idea of how these could be used as teaching materials. 

Love Actually

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Ideal for intermediate learners who enjoy a romantic tale, Love Actually is a reader based on a popular film directed by Richard Curtis. It follows the story of a number of individuals, all with love on their minds. It’s set in the run up to Christmas and the characters find their lives intertwining for better and worse.

This Rom-Com is certain to make your students laugh while leaving them with a warm,  fuzzy festive feeling.

Download the sample teaching notes and the chapter 1 audio sample to get started now.



A Christmas Carol

This classic festive novel, written by Charles Dickens, is more suitable for elementary students. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted man who despises Christmas and everyone he comes into contact with. During the story he’s taken on a journey to his past, present and possible future making him seriously reconsider his actions.

This thoughtful tale is great for adults and teenagers alike.

Download the sample teaching notes and the chapter 1 audio sample to get started now.




The Nightmare before Christmas

Another reader aimed at elementary students, this spooky story takes us on a trip to Halloweentown, a place where you’ll find vampires, witches and skeletons. It tells the tale of Jack Skellington, who mistakenly ends up in Christmastown and decides to bring back the holiday spirit to his home town, with some disastrous (yet comical) consequences.

This fun yet eerie book is guaranteed to keep your students on the edge of their seats.

Download the sample teaching notes and the chapter 1 audio sample to get started now.




Explore the Pearson Readers site to learn more about the wide selection of resources available. There are books for all levels and interests as well as support for both students and teachers.

From everyone at Pearson, have a very happy holidays, and happy reading!

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