I love getting mail through the letterbox and always have done. Due to technology and the ease of emails, I get less mail now than ever. My children get especially excited when birthday and Christmas cards arrive as it is something to open. The books on today’s blog increase the enjoyment of the books and reading by adding the exciting element of mail to open!

Cleverly designed, all three of these books, have post to open. My two have loved all of these books this week, even my 11yo. There is something so fun about opening a package, a card or even reading a postcard.

Staying with the Christmas theme, these would be perfect for younger readers, although don’t be surprised if older children and grown ups love them too!

Written and Illustrated by Emily Gravett, Published by Two Hoots, an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Meerkat Christmas sends us around the world with Sunny who is looking for the perfect Christmas, as per a magazine description. Visiting friends in Australia, The Philippines, and the Antarctic, Sunny sends cards home to share his findings! Sunny finds elements of the perfect Christmas but it doesn’t feel just right. Luckily Santa knows just what to do! I love that Sunny heads out looking for the perfect Christmas and realises that it was perfect at home with family. Emily Gravett is a picture book genius and this is a shining example of her talent. Beautifully drawn illustrations of celebrations around the world highlight the differences in Christmas holidays. A fantastic way to introduce how other countries and cultures celebrate the same day in different ways.
Written and Illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Published by Puffin
The Jolly Postman and The Jolly Christmas Postman are true Classics. The Ahlberg’s have created a masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Christmas Eve, and the Jolly Postman is off on his bicycle again. There are cards, puzzles and games hidden in the envelopes, perfect for little ones to enjoy. The Jolly Postman happily delivers these and is given mince pies and tea at every stop. Of course, there is one last house to deliver to! One last cup of tea with Santa and a special letter for the postman! Told in rhyme, with favourite fairytale characters, this is a book that will never get old. As long we share the magic of fairytales and Christmas, you can’t go wrong with The Jolly Postman!
Written by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Published by Harper Collins

One of the newest editions to our Christmas collection is set to become a classic. The Crayons are world renowned, popular with children and parents alike. Uniquely told from the crayons perspective, this series is brilliant. We welcome the crayons back in this Christmas special. Letters and packages are arriving for the crayons, causing huge excitement in the build up to Christmas. Readers get to open these and find out what treasures have been sent and who they are from. Christmas is a time for giving and for remembering far away family and friends. This book reminds us of the importance of those we love and showing them this love.