Festive book list

Books for all ages to get you in the festive spirit.

Baby to 3

Christmas ABC Christmas ABC
by Jannie Ho

This sturdy alphabet board book introduces simple seasonal words, to get toddlers excited about Christmas. As well as first letter sounds to say out loud, there are bright pictures featuring lots of happy faces, and familiar festive details to spot.

Spot’s First Christmas Spot’s First Christmas
by Eric Hill

Spot the dog, everyone's favourite puppy, discovers the wonders of Christmas in this delightful lift-the-flap adventure for toddlers. This is the perfect stocking filler for your little one.

How Many Quacks Till Christmas How Many Quacks Till Christmas
by Mark Sperring

Puppy is bounding about the farmyard one evening, when he comes across the various animals who want to know how many quacks, moos, baas or neighs there are until Christmas. Luckily, the answer is – only one!

Age 3 to 5

Otto the Book Bear in the Snow Otto the Book Bear in the Snow
by Katie Cleminson

Otto and Ernest love nothing more than for their book to be borrowed and read. But this winter they are desperate to get back to the library for the special winter party. It's time for an incredible adventure through the snow...

The Hanukkah Mice The Hanukkah Mice
by Ronne Randall and Maggie Kneen

Learn more about the meaning of Hanukkah with this sweet story about three Hanukkah mice. With flaps hiding shiny foil surprises, readers will find a different Hanukkah tradition on each page.

Refuge Refuge
by Anne Booth and Sam Usher

Refuge is a retelling of the Christmas nativity story and what follows: Jesus, Mary and Joseph flee from Herod’s soldiers to Egypt. This is a critically-acclaimed book with a modern message.

Age 5 to 7

Santa Claude Santa Claude
by Alex T Smith

Claude and his friend Sir Bobblysock think they've caught a burglar coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve…turns out it's none other than Santa Claus! Now the key for the handcuffs is lost and it's up to our two heroes to deliver all the presents before midnight...

Frankie's Magic Football: The Elf Express Frankie's Magic Football: The Elf Express
by Frank Lampard

Frankie and his friends are spending Christmas in Austria with his pen pal Heidi. He is excited to learn how to ski, even if it's not quite the same as playing football. Late on Christmas Eve they discover a lost elf who needs help. Frankie's team will need to use all their skills to get the elf back to his world, and return in time for Christmas!

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard Father Christmas’s Fake Beard
by Terry Pratchett

Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing non-stop - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.

Age 7 to 11

Hetty Feather’s Christmas Hetty Feather’s Christmas
by Jacqueline Wilson

Cosy up with everyone's favourite Victorian character, Hetty Feather! Perfect for any Jacqueline Wilson fan this Christmas.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

The second in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch.

Christmas Stories Christmas Stories
by Michael Morpurgo

Curl up by the fireside with an enchanting collection of Christmas stories from best-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. In these five stories you’ll lose yourself in faraway lands and unexpected adventures.

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