Whether as a special gift for a little one or an activity to do together during the festive period, these Christmas books will delight young and old readers alike. By Licia Selepe
Christmas Treasure Hunt
By Roger Priddy (Priddy Books)
This book is full of festive illustrations to capture your child’s imagination and help to develop her observational skills. Hidden among the repeated rows of pictures, are odd-one-out images to seek and find, with a clue of what is different in the rhyming text. Christmas Treasure Hunt will amuse and delight your little one for hours.
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas
By Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard (Random House)
It’s Christmas Eve, but someone has stolen all the presents and Christmas will be ruined! Can Kittie Lacey help Father Christmas save the day and melt a certain Snow Queen’s icy heart? This book features beautiful illustrations of elegant elves, coiffured reindeer and a whole cast of fairy tale folk in their festive finery. This is perfect for fans of Frozen.
I Love You, Father Christmas
By Giles Andrea and Emma Dodd (Hachette Children’s Group)
This story follows a toddler and the build-up to Christmas Day, with such delights as mince pies, get-togethers with friends, walking in the snow, and, of course, the anticipation of Christmas Eve. The joyful rhyme and bold, stylish artwork make this a must-have book for anyone who can’t wait for Father Christmas to set off on his sleigh.
The First Christmas
By Rod Campbell (Pan Macmillan)
The First Christmas is about the night Jesus Christ was born. The story is retold in simple, easy-to-follow sentences and has bright appealing pictures, making it perfect to read aloud to young children in the festive period.
Christmas Stories: Follow the Finger Trails
By Luana Rinaldo (Pan Macmillan)
Christmas Stories provides a unique way to share classic Christmas tales, including The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen and the Nativity, with your kids. Each spread has finger trails cut into the page and textured illustrations for little hands to trace. The trails wind their way around beautiful festive illustrations, designed to capture the imagination – and the spirit of Christmas.
Kipper’s Christmas Eve
By Mick Inkpen (Hachette Children’s Group)
At last! It’s Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year. It’s time to choose a tree, wrap presents and get ready for Santa. Kipper can’t decide what’s better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; opening presents or the thrill of waiting for them. This heart-warming book is full of festive fun.
By Angie Rozelaar (Pan Macmillan)
There’s something to push, pull or spin on every spread of this book. Watch snowmen grow, sledges slide, and trees being trimmed, and then push the tab to see what happens on Christmas Eve. With magical illustrations, easy-to-handle mechanisms, and sweet, rhyming text, this is the ultimate first Christmas novelty board book for young, inquisitive minds and busy fingers.
By Marion Billet (Pan Macmillan)
Whizzy Santa is sparkly novelty book on wheels about Santa’s Scooter journey one Christmas Eve. Santa’s reindeer have the flu, so who’ll pull his sleigh, and what will he do? With a bit of elf-help and some sparkly magic, Santa transforms a broken toy into a fabulous scooter-sleigh. Young children love things that move, and with this book, they can spend hours playing with and reading it.
A Friend for Christmas
By Lauren St John (Hachette Children’s Group)
If Luka could have anything in the world for Christmas, it would be to see Buddy again, his red and grey mongrel with one floppy ear. But Buddy has been missing for months. Then again, sometimes, at Christmas time, wishes really do come true. This Early Reader book features a spread of special words from the story for children to learn and a brief prayer on the last page.
Touch and Feel Christmas
By Dorling Kindersley (DK Publishing)
Touch and Feel Christmas helps your toddler learn all about Christmas, from Father Christmas’s beard to a reindeer’s squashy nose. While you read, let your toddler’s little hands feel all the different textures of the Christmas pictures, as she learns all about everyone’s favourite time of year.
Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Party
By Andrew Grey (Egmont)
It’s Christmas in the Hundred Acre Wood, and it’s time for a party! But Pooh will need some help from his friends to get ready. Join all the animals as they find a Christmas tree, decorate Pooh’s house and make delicious Christmas snacks. This Christmas storybook is the perfect stocking filler for Winnie-the-Pooh fans.
My Own Little Christmas Story
By Christina Goodings and Amanda Gulliver (Lion Hudson)
This sincere retelling of the Christmas story is perfect for children under five, introducing them to the story at the heart of Christmas and offering a message of love. The illustrations perfectly capture the wonder of the Nativity, making this a fantastic book to read on Christmas Eve.
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