Gift Guide…Festive Favourites

These are sure to bring a smile and some festive spirit to the readers, both young and older…I have been spending time each evening reading at least one or two Christmas picture books. I can then take them into school to share in the run up to the holiday. These would make for wonderful gifts- perhaps even an advent calendar!

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley is Published by Scholastic. Wishyouwas by Alexandra Page is published by Bloomsbury. The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent is published by FarShore. Clara Claus saves Christmas by Bonnie Bridgman is published by Tiny Tree.

Each of these lovely festive books will put a smile on your face and add some festive cheer to your day. From small creatures delivering lost letters to a family determined to spread Christmas cheer all year round, these are delightful. Imagine what would happen if you found yourself on the naughty list, or in charge of Christmas when Santa falls ill. Imaginations will soar! All are available now from your favourite bookseller! They would be perfect for an advent calendar, stocking or as a Jolabokaflod gift for Christmas Eve! Each has some enchanting illustrations to help you delve further into each tale.

Who Will you meet on Santa Claus Street by Gareth Peter and Tim Budgen is published by Simon & Schuster. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, Santa’s Stolen Sleigh by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton is published by Nosy Crow. Lo and Behold Mouse and Mole by Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew is published by Graffeg. How Winston Came Home for Christmas by Alex T Smith is published by Macmillan. An Odd Dog Christmas by Rob Biddulph is published by HarperCollins.

You can’t go wrong with a favourite character making a Christmas appearance. From Odd Dog Out to famous bakers, Shifty and Sam and to household faves, Mouse and Mole! Winston is also back for a new advent story and it may be even better than his inaugural adventure. These are delightful read alouds for any age and are sure to increase the levels of joy felt in the run up to Christmas! Who will you meet on Santa Claus street will be the perfect story for your younger fans of the holidays. Each is beautifully illustrated with full on festive images.

Tiny Reindeer by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is published by Andersen Press. Little Santa by Jon Agee is published by Scallywag Press. The Little Fir Tree is adapted and illustrated by Christopher Corr is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandøy is published by Scholastic. The Lights that Dance in the Night by Yuval Zommer is published by OUP.

Snow, reindeer, lights and trees form a huge part of our winter celebrations and we have come to love seeing them in Christmas books. This year offers a brilliant selection of new books filled with wintery delights from well loved authors and illustrators. Stunning stories matched by the wondrous and enchanting illustrations will put these on the firm favourites list, looking forward to each Christmas when they can be read and enjoyed again and again. Each book also offers important messages of hope, friendship and Christmas magic.

The Toys’ Christmas by Claire Clément and Geneviève Godbout, published by Frances Lincoln Books. Dino Love at Christmas by Michelle Worthington and Veronica Montoya, published by Catch a Star Books. Twelve Little Festive Frogs by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley, published by Catch A Star Books.

For our younger fans of Christmas, these three books are sure to have them dreaming of toys, yoga frogs and the simple pleasures of Christmas. An important journey for a much loved toy elephant will see the delivery of a perfect Christmas for a young boy. Dino learns plenty about the fun and joy of Christmas and those amazing yoga frogs are doing their own version of the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Joyous illustrations and simple text make these wonderful books to share on a chilly evening wrapped up with cosy blanket.

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