Wonderful Picture Books for the Festive Season

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Category: Bookbug

Whether you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift, or searching for a wonderful picture book to cuddle up and share on a cold winter's evening, here are a few favourites selected by Scottish booksellers, librarians and other picture book lovers! 


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Merry Christmas, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

I’ve chosen this because I love the illustrations. Emma captures beautifully Blue Kangaroo’s worry about what to give Lily. I want to pick up Blue Kangaroo and cuddle him! There’s so much detail in the illustrations, and the story itself is heart-warming. -Jane Sandell, Senior Librarian, Moray Council


bear and baby cuddling in cave

Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy

When the hustle and bustle of the festive season starts to take its toll, there's nothing like a calming bedtime story to settle everyone down. The rhythm and rhyme of this book is just spot on, and the soft colours and images of animals cuddling their wee ones will leave everyone with a lovely warm feeling inside. Perfect for a cold winter's evening.

- Lindsay Quayle, Scottish Book Trust


Cover of Slinki Malinki Christmas

Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd

We love Slinky Malinki and his mischievous ways, and in this Christmassy book, he's up to his usual hijinx as he climbs through the tree to sneak away with all the shiniest baubles. This rhyming book is loads of fun to read aloud and adds a nice festive spin on Slinky Malinki's sneaky ways!

- Tracy Cooper, Scottish Book Trust

Image from Du Is Tak? of grasshopper

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

No, it’s not a foreign edition! This is a wonderful miniature adventure story that uses ‘insect speak’ to encourage creativity in young children. Full of gentle humour and beautiful artwork, this will inspire all those children who delight in making up their own language.

- Rosamund de la Hay, Mainstreet Books


Cover of Father Christmas Needs a Wee

Father Christmas Needs a Wee! by Nicholas Allan

It’s funny, has playful language, rhymes and the illustrations are good too. Also makes Santa relatable, he needs a wee and this distracts him – just like it does with kids!

- Aly McCulloch, Learning Development Officer, West Dunbartonshire

Image of bear and mouse

There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

This funny, quirky book is full of fun rhymes and hilarious art. Mixed in with the humour is an important lesson about learning to listen to others. It is one of our favourite books to read during story time and everyone gets a laugh, even parents!

- Kelsey, Highland Bookshop


Where's Santa Claus book cover

Where's Santa Claus? by Ingela P Arrhenius

A lovely Christmassy edition of Nosy Crow’s lift-the-flap series of books. Where’s Santa Claus? is a bright and sturdy board book with tactile felt flaps that are great for curious little fingers. There’s also a mirror at the back to encourage a festive game of peek-a-boo.

- David Mackay, Scottish Book Trust


Cover of Santa's New Suit

 Santa’s New Suit by Lisa Rojany and Mike Lester

The children love seeing Santa in all his new costumes but love it when he gets his new red suit. My favourite comment about the story came when I asked ‘what falls from the sky at Christmas?’ and a small voice shouted ‘POTATOES’. It has brightened up my Christmas ever since! Merry Christmas to you all, and watch out for potatoes!

- Janette White, Senior Parental Support Assistant, Glasgow Life


 We have plenty more books to get you in the mood for the festivities on our Christmas Countdown and 12 Festive Baby Books lists. Our 16 Snowy Books for Babies are also perfect for celebrating the winter season with little ones! And don't forget to enter our Book of the Month for December to win a copy of The Jolly Christmas Postman - a picture book classic for children (and grown ups) of all ages!