Top Christmas books

Baby to 3

Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell

A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present starts off a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing seems quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap a present and find out how Santa chooses the perfect gift. There's a special surprise at the end!

That’s Not My Reindeer That’s Not My Reindeer
Fiona Watt

Where is my reindeer? Babies will love touching a variety of textures which help develop sensory awareness. They will also enjoy the bright and colourful illustrations in this festive book.

The Snowman The Snowman
Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs' evocative story of a small boy's magical friendship with a snowman, told here in words by the artist and illustrated with pictures from the original version. Sturdy board book pages that small hands can turn easily and beautiful pictures.

Age 3 to 5

Little Tree Little Tree
E E Cummings and Mary Claire Smith

This poem is the story of a little Christmas tree, small and forlorn in a cold forest, taken home to be decorated and loved by two small children. Clear, large type makes this book easy for young readers to enjoy, and the colourful pictures will amuse little ones while parents read aloud.

Father Christmas needs a wee Father Christmas needs a wee
Nicholas Allan

In this funny counting book, Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long he really, really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarassing accident . . . there's just one tiny problem . . . he's lost his house key!

Aliens Love Panta Claus Aliens Love Panta Claus
Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Everyone's favourite aliens are full of the festive spirit and so they are giving away their beloved underpants! Join them as they help out in Santa's busyworkshop, put neon pants on Rudolph and tie knickers up in the place of stockings!

Age 5 to 7

The Polar Express The Polar Express

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

The Empty Stocking The Empty Stocking
Richard Curtis

It's Christmas Eve and there's one very important question on everyone's mind - have YOU been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry. Charlie has been especially naughty and everyone is sure that she won't get any presents AT ALL. But when Santa makes a mistake, it's up to naughty Charlie to put things right. Will her last-minute secret act of kindness be enough to redeems her after all?

The Snow Queen The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen

When Kay is snatched from his home by the beautiful, cruel Snow Queen, his friend Gerda sets out on an epic journey to rescue him. As she searches, she encounters a series of strangers to whom she tells her tale. Charmed by her story and her innocence, each of them helps Gerda, so that, at last, she is able to find the Snow Queen's icy palace. But, at the end of her epic journey, will she manage to set Kay free?

Age 7 to 11

The Best Christmas Present in the World The Best Christmas Present in the World
Michael Morpurgo

Echoes of Christmas 1914 in the trenches call to the present day when a letter found by chance in an antique desk brings one soldier's experience hauntingly to life. Heart-warming and spine-tingling, this is a perfect story to curl up with on a winter's night.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens

This is a specially edited version of the classic Dickens story, designed for young readers. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward.

The Christmas Mystery The Christmas Mystery

When Joachim opens the first window on his advent calendar, his excitement mounts as the countdown to Christmas Day begins. But soon he notices that strange things are happening behind the little windows, and everyday something mysterious and new appears. This book takes the story of Christmas and gives it a modern twist that transports readers back to the Bethlehem of baby Jesus.

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