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Here is our list of the best Christmas books to get you and your children excited in the run-up to Christmas! Full of festive cheer, these brilliant books will make excellent stocking-fillers and Christmas gifts. (For our Christmas books round-up for 8-12 and 12+, click here)


Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk by Owen Gildersleeve, published by Quarto

Celebrate the holiday season with this book featuring real lights that glow with every turn of the page. A great gift for any child wishing for snow at Christmas time.

Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes, published by Penguin Random House

Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas…

But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It’s going to be such an exciting day!

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis, published by Walker

From Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth creator, Jarvis, and author Patricia Toht, comes a beautiful, irresistible Christmas gift book that all begins with … picking a pine tree! Brimming over with the excitement of being with family at the festive season, a gorgeously rhythmical, read-aloud narrative accompanied by warm, joyful art celebrates all the familiar rituals of decorating the tree – from digging out jam-packed boxes of trimmings, stringing tinsel, to, at last, turning on those twinkly fairy lights.

To win a signed copy of the book, click here (closing date 15th December 2017).


The Snow Lion by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones, published by Simon & Schuster

When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. There’s only so much exploring she can do by herself! It’s not long though before she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. He’s as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it’s soon time for Caro to venture out on her own . . .

With a slighty magical, classic feel and a lovely message, The Snow Lion is a story which will appeal to children and parents alike, and the beautiful illustrations make this a book to treasure.

Busy London at Christmas by Marion Billet, published by Macmillan

It’s Christmas in London! Push, pull and slide the London scenes to explore the sights of the busy city. Turn the London Eye or open Tower Bridge while Santa makes his way through the snowy city. Look out for him amongst the Christmas shoppers, carol singers and even a snowman. There’s even a very special visitor to Buckingham Palace!

This big, bright board book with easy-to-use mechanisms is the perfect introduction to Christmas in London.

Pop-up Christmas, published by Usborne

Open this beautiful pop-up book for little children and watch as the pages magically burst into life. Each page has a colourful festive scene, including a snowman outside Santa’s workshop, busy elves wrapping Christmas gifts and Santa and his reindeer flying across the starlit sky. A beautiful gift to share with little ones this Christmas.


Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story by Nadiya Hussain and Clair Rossiter, published by Hachette

Join Great British Bake Off sensation Nadiya Hussain for scrumptious stories and delicious bakes that the family can enjoy together at Christmas.

Christmas is a time when families come together. This unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, brings families into the kitchen to share this special time of year through cooking and stories.

One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton, published by Bloomsbury

It’s Christmas Eve and Theo – left at home with a babysitter – sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc…

Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a story about treasuring the people and values that really matter at this time of year from master storyteller and bestselling children’s author Katherine Rundell. Emily Sutton’s breath-taking illustrations perfectly capture the magic of Christmas in stunning detail.

Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book by Jim Smith, published by Egmont

Knock knock! Who’s there? Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book Wow! Really? It’s snow joke…

It’s the keelest time of the year, so why not celebrate with this collection of Christmas crackers from everyone’s favourite loser?

A festive feast of puns, one-liners, cartoons and funny tales, all with a Barry Loser twist. Perfect for sharing with friends and family and best enjoyed when read very loudly at 5am on Christmas morning. All jokes guaranteed to make you snort-laugh a mince pie through your nose*.

We wish you a Barry Christmas, and an amazekeel new year!

*Any unfunny jokes were written by Barry’s dad.

The Christmas Eve Tree: An Enchanting Pop-Up Edition by Delia Huddy, illustrated by Emily Sutton, published by Walker

A magical midi-edition of Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton’s poignant, exquisitely illustrated Christmas story, with a beautiful pop-up cityscape. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. With a stunning pop-up of a snowy city skyline, this is a Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.

Win a copy of The Christmas Eve Tree (closing date 15th December 2017).

Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton, published by Bonnier

When a town’s Christmas wishes get mixed-up, can one little girl and her dog put them right?

The little town of Pinewood can’t wait for Christmas this year. They’re going to celebrate by putting up a giant Christmas tree in the town square, and asking all the townspeople to hang a Christmas wish on its branches. Everyone is feeling very festive, including nine-year-old Lily – although she’s not sure she believes in wishes. Then a very strange storm blows in, scattering all the wishes…

…and Lily wakes up the next morning to a bit of a surprise. Bug, her adorable pug puppy, can talk! It’s magic – and a wish come true! But it’s not Lily’s wish… Lily and her little brother James soon discover that something must have happened during the storm – the town’s wishes have been granted, but to all the wrong people! Lily, James and Bug must work out which wish belongs to who, and sort everything out before Christmas Eve – otherwise no one will get what they want for Christmas.

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish (closes 31st December 2017).

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks, published by Macmillan

Ellen gets a big shock when her reflection climbs out of a mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious Christmassy escapades – from joining in with the Christmas ballet show to attending Ellen’s friend’s fancy-dress party and trying to catch Father Christmas! You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.

Beautifully illustrated by Lydia Monks, Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle features two festive stories from Julia Donaldson, as well as some festive things to make and do.

The Nutcracker by Shobnha Patel, published by Thames Hudson

The magic of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is retold in this theatrical pop-up book created by papercut artist Shobhna Patel, whose delicate laser-cut pop-ups will enchant readers both young and old. Patel has invented a new paper engineering technique called the ‘paperscope’, which is used for the first time and to great effect in this book.

This classic story begins on Christmas Eve when a little girl named Clara and her brother Fritz are gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate with family and friends. Their mysterious uncle, Drosselmeyer the toy maker, gives Clara a beautiful wooden nutcracker who magically comes to life when the clock strikes midnight. So begins an enchanting adventure featuring all of Tchaikovsky’s original characters: the soldier mice, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Land of Sweets and of course, a handsome prince.

Visit our competitions page to win a festive bundle from DK, or Christmas books including The Turkey that Voted for ChristmasAll I Want for Christmas and Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish. Plus a signed copy of Pick a Pine Tree!