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Our Top Five Christmas Children’s Reads

Christmas is a magical time of year and what better way to spend it than to cuddle up with your little one and a Christmas story. There were so many wonderful titles to choose from but here are some of our favourite recommendations:

1. How Winston Delivered Christmas: An Advent Story in Twenty-Four-and-a-Half Chapters:
Alex T. Smith (author)

Follow Winston the mouse as he sets out to deliver Oliver’s letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on this Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way. It is a heart-warming tale to share every year in the run up to Christmas that will become a festive family tradition.

2. We’re Going on an Elf Chase (Paperback)
Martha Mumford (author), Laura Hughes (illustrator)
RRP: £4.99

Four bunnies set off on a jolly Christmas lift-the-flap adventure to find ten little elves hidden under the flaps.You’ll have to run, run, run if you’re going to catch them all! And there are lots of obstacles along the way, from clippy-cloppy reindeer to roaring polar bears and flippy-flappy penguins. Stuffed with festive frolics, this is the perfect Christmas gift

3. Christmas Comes to Moominvalley
Alex Haridi (author)Cecilia Davidsson (author)Filippa Widlund (illustrator)Tove Jansson
RRP: £9.99

A stunning, unique and classic picture book to treasure, Christmas Comes to Moominvalley introduces Moomin fans old and new to an exquisite edition of this classic tale, in which the newly awakened Moomin family experience the build up to Christmas for the first time, and are not at all sure what it means…

4. The Snowman: 40th Anniversary Gift Edition (Hardback)
Raymond Briggs (author)
RRP: £9.99

After a heavy snowfall, a young boy spends a winter’s day making his very own Snowman. Little does he know, when he goes to bed that evening something magical will happen…

The Snowman comes to life! Told entirely through pictures, the boy and the Snowman go on the most extraordinary adventure, flying through the skies on the peaceful winter night. The beautiful illustrations bring the classic Christmas tale to life, making it and the film it inspired, a Christmas tradition for generations of children.

5. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Paperback)
Kes Gray (author), Claire Powell (illustrator)

A brilliantly funny Christmas picture book from the bestselling author of Oi Frog!

Twas the night before the night before Christmas (That’s Christmas Eve Eve). 
And Santa was wiping his brow on his sleeve.
Green elves were sewing, Blue elves were counting, Red elves were carving, 
The pressure was mounting!

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?

Inspired by Clement C. Moore’s classic festive poem, this hilarious, rhyming picture book is sure to have you ho ho ho-ing!


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