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Festive Reads for Christmas 2018 (0-5)

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Ho ho ho! Christmas is almost here which means that the elves are hard at work, Santa is double-checking his list and mince pies are aplenty. As the festive season comes closer, here are our favourite Christmas stories that are perfect for the coming magical days. From a book about what happens when the Easter Bunny meets Father Christmas to a story about a witch who loves Christmas, there is a book for everyone to enjoy.
[Christmas books round-up for 5-8, 8-12 & 12+]

Grandpa Christmas, by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Jim Field, published by Egmont

Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. His letter is a hopeful plea to Mia (and to all of us) to continue to care for and protect our precious world. This vital and timely story is paired with Jim Field’s emotive illustrations in this gorgeous Christmas picture book, perfect for the whole family to share.

Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny, by Fred Blunt, published by Andersen Press

The Easter Bunny thinks Santa needs knocking down a peg or two, so he hatches a genius, chocolatey plan that works better than he could have imagined… There’s trouble ahead in this egg-cellent adventure.


The Twinkly Twinkly Christmas Tree, by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Alison Friend, published by Usborne 

This beautifully illustrated board book has lots of electric lights inside it for little children to discover. Mouse has no Christmas lights so she sets out with her friend Mole to find some in the snowy forest. As the story unfolds and there are more and more lights, until Mouse finds a stunning Christmas tree at the end.

Jingle Spells, written and illustrated by James Brown, published by Simon & Schuster

All witches LOVE Halloween, right? Wrong! This little witch loves . . . CHRISTMAS! Trixie’s friends think she’s batty as a vampire, so she needs Santa’s help to spread Christmas joy. But when she visits Lapland HQ, Santa is nowhere to be seen, the elves’ shelves are empty and ALL WITCHES are on the Naughty List! Luckily, Trixie knows a spell or two that just might save Christmas for everyone.

Snow in the Garden,written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes, published by Walker Books

A beautiful Christmas anthology packed full of winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes’ trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.

Jolly Jingly Christmas, published by DK

The perfect festive, noisy book for pre-schoolers with lots of sounds and flaps!

Jolly Jingly Christmas is an exciting board book with five sturdy flaps for pre-schoolers to lift, and five festive noises including a laughing Santa and a crunching reindeer. Develop your child’s language with the rhythmic read-aloud rhymes, then work together to guess who or what could be hiding under each flap.

This high-quality Christmas adventure encourages interaction and hands-on play by rewarding curiosity with surprise sounds and delightful characters.

Peep Inside a Fairy Tale: The Nutcracker, by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Karl James Mountford, published by Usborne

One magical Christmas night, a little girl’s Nutcracker doll comes to life! Peep through the pages to follow their adventures in this enchanting book, with delicate cutaways, flaps to lift and stunning illustrations from Karl James Mountford. A beautiful way to introduce children to the classic fairytale.

A Very Corgi Christmas, by Sam Hay, illustrated by Loretta Schauer, published by Simon & Schuster

For dog-lovers everywhere, this Lady and the Tramp-esque romp around London at Christmas is full of heart… and waggy tails! Belle LOVES the bustle of Christmas preparations at Buckingham Palace, but her family say she’s in the way, and that Christmas is NOT for corgis! So Belle decides to slip out and explore London, where she’s sure there will be Christmas spirit in abundance! But on the busy streets, Belle finds everything a bit too bright, a bit too noisy and FAR TOO LOUD! Luckily, a streetwise puppy called Pip turns up and whisks Belle off on a wonderfully romantic whirl around the sights of London.

All too soon it’s time to head home, but when the couple finally work out how to get back into the palace … Pip disappears. Will Belle ever see him again? Perhaps with the help of a special royal couple, who might just bring Belle a wonderful Christmas surprise.

Santa’s Wonderful Workshop, written and illustrated by Elys Dolan, published by Oxford University Press 

Step inside Santa’s workshop and experience Christmas like never before. With more toys to make than ever it’s going to be the busiest Christmas yet, but luckily Santa and his elves have everything under control . . . Well, everything except for the rampaging polar bear, a toy factory that will only make toasters, and some very pesky visitors from the South Pole!

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, by Kes Gray, illustrated by Claire Powell, published by Hachette Children’s Group

It’s the day before Christmas Eve and Santa is ever so busy … he’s got presents to wrap, reindeer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he forgotten something? And, more importantly, will he be ready in time?


Mr Men: Winter Wonderland, by Adam Hargreaves, published by Egmont

The perfect stocking filler for all Mr Men fans!

The Mr Men are having a wonderful time at this year’s Winter Wonderland fair. Everyone except for Mr Tickle, who can’t seem to tickle anybody. Not the carol singers, or the toffee apple seller, or even Mr Dizzy on the Ferris wheel! No fun at all! Mr Men and Little Miss Celebrations introduce children to all the exciting occasions that people celebrate including birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, sporting events … and even a trip to the moon.

The Girl, the Bear, and the Magic Shoes, by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn.

When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound – Click-click! Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary – these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there’s a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way?

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes is an exciting adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. Written in fast-paced, engaging prose that’s full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again.

Super Frozen Magic Forest, written and Illustrated by Matty Long, published by Oxford University Press 

‘Matty’s books make me SUPER HAPPY! They are super funny, super inventive and super silly’ – Chris Riddell 

Join the residents of the Super Happy Magic Forest for epic quests and lots of fun. When the Ice Queen covers the entire forest in snow, can the heroes break her spell before they all freeze?

Jane Foster’s Christmas, by Jane Foster, published by Templar Books

From Father Christmas to Rudolph the reindeer, these cheerful, retro-inspired illustrations will make the perfect Christmas gift for little ones. A bold and stylish introduction to the iconic and most-loved sights of Christmas by leading textile design Jane Foster.

Snowball, by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnett, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Created by bestselling duo Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Snowball is a brilliantly funny picture book, with wonderfully comical images illustrating the hilarious rhyming story – perfect for Christmas!

A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll . . .  and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens! This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other odd things on his way down – a sheep, a line of washing, a bicycling bear, ending up in the Zoo.