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12 festive books to share with little ones this Christmas

Age group: 0-2, 3-5
Topics: Bookbug

Cuddle up and enjoy these seasonal stories with your little ones!

Kirsty Johnson Mandy Sinclair Phantom the Ginger Mog an the Crumpy Christmas Eve

Phantom the ginger mog is heading out for a wander on a chilly Christmas Eve… what will he see – and what will he eat? Venturing through the pine trees and snow, he stumbles upon a beautiful Yuletide scene, eats lots of tasty Christmas food, and even gets offered a lift home from Santa and his reindeer! With bright illustrations that sparkle with Christmas cheer, you and your little ones will love this festive Scots story.

Ingela P Arrhenius Jonathan Emmett Christmas Street

This is an adorable alphabet journey through all the magical, festive sights of Christmas Street. Children are bound to delight in the lift-the-flaps, which reveal colourful and Christmassy images on every page, and you’ll love cosying up with them too. For an added bonus, the book extends out as a concertina to show a lovely wintery scene!

Carys Bexington Kate Hindley The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland

This book is a glorious mashup of two classic tales. The Queen of Hearts hasn’t allowed Christmas since the White Rabbit missed the last Christmas post when she was little, and her letter didn’t make it in time. When an elf discovers it mouldy on a shelf, Santa’s epic journey through Wonderland begins. The illustrations are full of expressive characters, and the narrative brims with charm. With an evil queen (or just a grumpy princess?), an elusive Cheshire cat and an opulent palace – Christmas colliding with Wonderland is a spectacular event not to be missed.

Adam Hargreaves Mr. Men Little Miss The Christmas Contest

Little Miss Splendid and Mr Tall are judging a contest to see who has the best Christmas lights. Join them as they visit the homes of various classic characters – Little Miss Chatterbox has only decorated half of her house as she received a phone call while putting them up and is still chatting away…2 days later! Mr Mean’s lights (or rather light) leave a lot to be desired. Much hilarity ensues and you may be surprised to find out who wins in the end.

Sarah Massini Tracey Corderoy Mouse's Night Before Christmas

This heartwarming retelling of the classic Christmas tale will have wee ones captivated this festive season. When Santa gets lost in a blizzard, a lonely little mouse is on hand to help him deliver his presents - but will mouse's own Christmas wish come true? We can't tell you that! But we can tell you it's definitely a book to put on your list. With its traditional illustrations and pitch perfect rhyme, this is a truly magical tale for Christmas time.

Tim Hopgood Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? These familiar opening lines set the scene for a festive day of play and exploration in the snow! Families and friends build a snowman, go sledging together and enjoy a walk through a winter wonderland in this enchanting picture book. Sing-along, read-along or simply cuddle up with your little one and talk about what you see in the gorgeous illustrations that fill the pages of this wintry book.

Emily Gravett Meerkat Christmas

All of the meerkats are excited about Christmas in the Kalahari...except for Sunny. He decides that his Christmas doesn't look quite as 'perfect' as it should so sets off on a journey to find somewhere more Christmassy. With its fun, festive flaps, and rich illustrations, this is a book that can be read again and again. You'll spot something new each time! At its heart is also a touching message about the diversity of Christmas and the importance of family.

Matthew Land Susan Rennie The 12 Days o Yule

If your wee ones enjoy singing along to the original 12 Days of Christmas, they're going to love this braw Scots version! From birlin lassies to shooglin sheep, this is a yuletide full of Scottish character and a real celebration of the Scots language. Bringing the rich language to life are illustrations brimming with energy and humour; mischievous collie dugs, skooshin skaters and gowden rings belonging to five delightful highland coos!

Allan Ahlberg Janet Ahlberg The Jolly Christmas Postman

An absolute classic for the festive season! Join the Jolly Postman as he sets off to deliver Christmas mail to a host of nursery rhyme characters and fairy tale friends. With detailed illustrations, and actual letters, cards and games to share on each page, this is a book that will keep little ones engaged for days on end. The glorious rhyme and use of dialogue beg for it be read aloud, with as many different voices as you can manage!

Benji Davies The Snowflake

High up in the clouds a tiny snowflake is made. Down below, a little girl longs for the perfect star for her Christmas tree. With a stunning colour palette of purples and whites, this enchanting story of a girl and a snowflake looking for their place in the world will bring a little sparkle - and wintry cheer - to everyone's festive season.

Fiona Watt Rachel Wells That's not my Robin

This seasonal book in the award-winning series is a real treasure! Perfect for baby's first Christmas, little hands will love exploring wee robin's chest and wings - as well as looking for the cheeky white mouse on every page. The tactile elements are always high quality and the bright, graphic illustrations are ideal for engaging for little ones.

Shirley Hughes Dogger's Christmas

Fans of the original Dogger story will love this charming sequel complete with carol singers, tree decorating...and toys! Dave is so excited about his new Christmas presents he doesn't notice his beloved Dogger is missing (again!). Can he find him before it's too late? A traditional, uplifting story for children of all ages.