6 books to buy for little ones this Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, so if you're struggling to think of gifts, the Early Years team are on hand with some brilliant books for you to share with your little ones.
Lynsey Rogers picked:
Usborne have some amazing touchy-feely books and their Christmas collection is most impressive! If your little one is about to enjoy their first Christmas, this touchy-feely book is a perfect gift. There are lots of textures on each page for babies to explore and the simple phrases and pictures will help little ones become familiar with new words and colours. If you start to feel a bit frazzled over the holidays, enjoy some quiet time and curl up with this book together.
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
A book with no pictures might not sound very exciting, but trust me, this book proves it can be! Actor and writer BJ Novak (best known as temp Ryan Howard on the American version of The Office) brings his quirky sense of humour into the world of picture books and the result is genuinely funny. If you’re faced with bored and restless little ones over Christmas, entertain them (and adults alike) with an enthusiastic reading of this very silly book. But be warned - you will have to work on your best monkey voice! Watch a video of the author reading the book.
Kirsty Sinclair picked:
British designer Paul Smith has created this beautiful slipcased edition of one of his favourite children’s books, Cars, Trucks and Things That Go. It’s so pretty you could almost eat it! But of course it’s what’s inside that counts and this absolute classic doesn’t disappoint. There’s so much to explore on every page – you don’t actually have to read the story to enjoy it.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Sound Book) by Michael Rosen
This is one of my absolute favourite stories – I just love the singsongy rhythm and all the wonderful squelching and splashing noises. In this brilliant interactive sound book version, you can have great fun joining in the bear hunt. Will the family find the bear? You can also watch Michael Rosen perform the story, download fun activity sheets and read all about our year of bear hunting at www.jointhebearhunt.com. What fun!
Beth Crozier picked:
Paddington and the Christmas Surprise by Michael Bond and RW Alley
If you came along to one of the special Paddington screenings with a Bookbug readalong during Book Week Scotland 2014 and your little ones loved the brilliant film as much as I did, then this is the perfect Christmas treat!
The Brown family find a trip to visit Santa Claus at their local department store is just that little bit more eventful when you have a bear called Paddington with you. Will Santa have a surprise for Paddington, and more importantly, do they have marmalade at the North Pole?
Paddington’s wide appeal and the humour in this book make it a great choice if you have little ones of different ages to entertain.
That's Not My Penguin... by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
This isn’t a new book, but a certain advert has made penguins very fashionable this Christmas. I’m a huge fan of the That’s not my… series of books. I don’t know anyone who can resist opening these to run their fingers over the different panels before saying ‘wow, that is really fuzzy/soft/shiny’. They’re another example of a book that’s great for any age so can be shared with babies or older siblings too. With penguins on parade in lots of the shops this year, it’s also easy to bring the book to life while you’re out and about – is that your penguin over there?
For more recommended reads, take a look at our themed book lists.