What are the benefits of giving books to children?
- Books are not only fun, they're a great way to help your child get better at reading, writing, speaking and listening, which are all really important for their future
- Sharing stories with children is a great way of spending quality family time together
- Books make children happy as they'll love having your attention, getting to know characters and build their imagination
- Reading a variety of books will help them get to know the world around them.
Top tips for choosing books to give this Christmas
- Pick stories about your child’s passions.
- You don’t have to spend a fortune on new books, you can also borrow them from your local library to enjoy a special storytelling moment together this Christmas.
- Make it your New Year’s resolution to create a reading routine and spend more time sharing stories with your family next year
Baby to 3 years
Maisy’s Christmas Letters by Lucy Cousins
Maisy is throwing a Christmas party and all her friends are invited! When her guests RSVP, they send other Christmas surprises.
Snowball by Sue Hendra
A lonely young snowball stuck at the top of a mountain decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll . . .
Christmas in 100 Words by QED Publishing
From decorating the tree to ‘candy cane’, this charming book introduces a range of Christmas-themed scenes and objects.
Ages 3 to 4 years
Dear Santasaur by Chae Strathie
Will Santa deliver to dinosaurs? Join T.Rex on a Christmas adventure in this tale about a little boy and his favourite dinosaur.
Winter Wonderland by Sam Taplin
Step into a world of winter magic with this festive sound book. Little ones will love pressing the pages to hear Christmas carols, robins singing and a crackling fire.
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
This read-aloud book celebrates all the familiar rituals of decorating the tree – from opening boxes of trimmings, stringing tinsel, to turning on fairy lights.
Ages 5 to 8 years
How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith
On Christmas Eve, Winston the mouse finds a letter to Father Christmas that did not make it to the post box. So, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day!
We’re Going on an Elf Chase by Martha Mumford
Copy: Four bunnies set off on a jolly Christmas lift-the-flap adventure to find 10 little elves hidden under the flaps.
The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt
'Tis the season for all of us to write our Christmas wish lists. But even the Crayons know that the best presents are the ones that you give.
Ages 9 to 12 years
North Child by Edith Pattou
Rose was born facing north and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Rose travels on the back of an old white bear to a mysterious castle that holds the key to her destiny…
Winter’s Tales by Lari Don
A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world. Find out how spiders invented tinsel, what happened when the spring girl beat the hag of winter and how a hero with hairy trousers used ice to kill a dragon.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
Little Nikolas’s life was not easy. Until one day, something magical happened. Watch how one little boy came to be the very symbol of Christmas itself.