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12 festive books to share with little ones this Christmas

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

These seasonal stories are lovely to enjoy with little ones.

Shirley Hughes Lucy & Tom at Christmas

Lucy and Tom are helping with the Christmas preparations - stirring the pudding, making cards and decorating the tree. The excitement gets too much for poor Tom, but thankfully grandpa is on hand to take him out for a calming walk in the snow. This simple story about Christmas at home with the family is beautifully evocative, and there's so much to talk about in every illustration. A traditional, festive read.

Fiona Watt That's Not My Reindeer

This seasonal book in the award-winning series is a real treasure! Perfect for baby's first Christmas, little hands will love exploring the velvety ears, fluffy tail and shiny red nose of these adorable reindeer. The tactile elements are always high quality and the bright, graphic illustrations are really engaging for little ones. This is a brilliant range of books for children with additional support needs too.

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros The Lonely Christmas Tree

Looking for a festive story to spread cheer amongst children and adults alike? Look no further than this delightful tale of a Christmas tree yearning to belong. Simple, rhyming verses are brought to life with enchanting illustrations; deep blues and warm whites capture the essence of winter (the final image of Saint Nicholas and his reindeer is particularly special!). Above all, this little story reminds us of the importance of reaching out, and helping overcome loneliness at this time of year.

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!

Raymond Briggs The Snowman

When a boy's snowman comes to life one night, a magical adventure and journey of friendship begins. With its sweeping snowy landscapes and nostalgic flying scenes, wordless picture books don't come any better than this. Don't be put off by the lack of story though. Why not describe what you see in the pictures or point things out to children? If they're a little older, they may even be able to tell the story themselves! The opportunities are endless with this festive book.

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!

Greg Abbott Tom Fletcher There's an Elf in Your Book

You'd better watch out – there's a cheeky Elf about! Little ones definitely need their wits about them in this fantastically fun interactive Christmas book. They may be asked to blow a Christmas kiss or sing a Christmas song…but Elf might also throw in a few sneaky challenges for children to see whether they belong on Santa's Nice or Naughty list! Bursting with colour and character, this is a festive story encouraging plenty of silly noises, actions and laughter.

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.

Ingela P Arrhenius Where's Mr Penguin?

This stylish hide-and-seek book is perfect for sharing with babies through the winter months. The illustrations are bright and bold, featuring snowflakes, sledges and a host of Antarctic animals for children to spot. Little ones will love the soft sensation of the felt flaps and the hidden mirror at the end is an extra special surprise. Mirrors are wonderful for helping babies to explore their own faces, as well as being really tactile too.

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.

Holly Surplice Snow Still

A little fawn experiences snow for the first time in this beautiful celebration of nature and wintertime. The book has a definite Scottish feel, with a sleepy red squirrel, playful hares and a stunning barn owl all making an appearance! The watercolour illustrations are awash with white and the use of silver foil on every page is a real delight. The text is minimal but has a calming rhythm and rhyme - and plenty of repetition - perfect for little ones hearing new words.

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.