Christmas booklist

A list of Christmas themed books broken down by age range.

Baby to 3

That’s Not My Santa That’s Not My Santa
Fiona Watt and Rachel wells

This is a festive addition to the best-selling and award-winning touchy-feely series. The enduring appeal of Rachel Well's illustrations and the opportunity to touch a variety of textures make these books baby and pre-school classics. Very young children will enjoy the bright and colourful illustrations while the different texture patches help develop sensory awareness.

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

Spot finds out about Christmas trees, carol singers and presents from Father Christmas in this fun and festive board book edition of a classic lift-the-flap book. Show your little one all the delights and excitement of Christmas with everyone's favourite puppy, Spot!

The Very Snowy Christmas The Very Snowy Christmas
Diana Hendry

It's the night before Christmas and Big Mouse and Little Mouse are putting up decorations. Little Mouse scampers out to search for holly but finds big white flakes falling from the sky. "Goodness me!" he cries. "The sky is coming undone!" And as Little Mouse's world is covered in snow he discovers strange things all around him... A board book edition of the hugely popular The Very Snowy Christmas by Diana Hendry, the chunky pages are easy for little fingers to turn and hard-wearing enough to be read again and again.

Age 3 to 5

Father Christmas comes up Trumps! Father Christmas comes up Trumps!
Nicholas Allan

Father Christmas is back, and this time he's had three helping of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows he must keep it in - he doesn't want to wake anyone up!
Will he come up TRUMPS?

Dear Father Christmas Dear Father Christmas
Alan Durant

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: “Dear Father Christmas – is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly.” And so begins the start of a touching penpal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises.

Yeti and the Bird Yeti and the Bird
Nadia Shireen

Yeti lives alone in a wintery landscape. Well, maybe not quite alone, but no one is brave enough to go near big, scary Yeti. No one apart from Bird, who gets lost on her way south, makes a special friend, and opens up a whole new world for our Yeti…

Dear Snowman Dear Snowman
Kathryn White

Little Rabbit and Snowman are the very best of friends. But when winter fades, Snowman is nowhere to be found. Wherever can he be? Soon a postcard arrives for Little Rabbit. It's from Snowman – and he's travelling the world!

This brilliant book about an adventurous snowman comes with six postcards and masses of stickers, so little readers can send messages to their family and friends just like Snowman. Children will love the excitement of reading Snowman's postcards and letters and finding out where in the world he has been.

Age 5 to 7

How the Grinch stole Christmas! How the Grinch stole Christmas!
Dr. Seuss

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

Stick Man Stick Man
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady love and their stick children three…. But the world is a dangerous place for a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree in time for Christmas?

Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular
Martin Handford

Join Wally and his friends in this sensational Santa themed sticker activity book. A new format for the Where’s Wally? programme, with 24 pages of wintry sticker-based activities (spot the differences, games, mazes, searches and much more) and six sticker sheets bursting with hundreds of stickers to complete them.

Age 7 to 11

Winter’s Tales Winter’s Tales
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, why snow is eagles' feathers, and how a hero with hairy trousers used ice to kill a dragon.

Christmas Stories Christmas Stories
Michael Morpurgo

Curl up by the fireside and let Michael Morpurgo envelop you in stories of faraway lands and unexpected adventures. 'The Best Christmas Present in the World' - A mysterious letter in a secret drawer brings one night in the Great War vividly to life. Writing home from the front, a soldier has an incredible story to tell.

Melody and Jackson’s Christmas Spell Melody and Jackson’s Christmas Spell
Vivian French

Following on from the first six Stargirl Academy stories, this glittery Christmas special is narrated by the Academy's two unruly girls, Melody and Jackson. The girls take it in turns to tell their story, with many interruptions and disagreements along the way! Determined to get their final star and become fully qualified Stargirls, they set about mastering the growing/shrinking spell. But during their Stargirl mission - to help save Christmas for a family without much money – they realise they've made a mistake and that the person who really needs cheering up is a young girl who seems to have everything.

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