Christmas booklist

A list of Christmas-themed books divided by age range so it’s easy to select the perfect book for your child.

Baby to 3

Surprise Surprise
Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway

Published under the Little Tiger Kids imprint, this Christmas board book features a brilliant game of pass-the-parcel – as the gift keeps getting smaller our group of friends discover more and more festive fun, but what will the final surprise be? Featuring cut-out holes on every page, a Christmas rhyme and bright, bold illustrations by Fhiona Galloway, this is the perfect Christmas gift for curious little learners.

Maisy’s Christmas Tree Maisy’s Christmas Tree
Lucy Cousins

Get festive with Maisy in this delightful Christmas tree-shaped book of fun and learning! Follow Maisy and her friends as they prepare for the big day and decorate the tree! Cyril strings up the fairy lights, Tallulah adds the baubles, Charley hangs the sugar canes, and Eddie tops it all off with an angel. But the fun doesn't stop there – there are presents to wrap and songs to be sung! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Touchy-Feely Nativity Touchy-Feely Nativity
Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

Charming illustrations by Rachel Wells accompany a delightful, tactile retelling of the Christmas story, complete with fluffy donkeys, woolly sheep, a glittering angel and, of course, the baby Jesus sleeping in his soft blanket. This appealing large-format book makes the perfect present for young children who are experiencing Christmas for the very first time.

Age 3 to 5

The Twelve Days of Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas
Britta Teckentrup

The Twelve Days of Christmas in a beautiful new book, featuring illustrations by award-winning Britta Teckentrup. The peep-through pages reveal each new Christmas gift, creating a stunning layered effect. A traditional song given new life with an innovative format, this is a perfect gift for you true love!

One Special Christmas One Special Christmas
M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

From the best-selling Little Hedgehog series comes another festive treat!

It’s Christmas – but poor Santa has a cold. So Little Hedgehog sets out with a sledge full of presents. “Santa’s helper is on the way!” But there are too many presents for one little hedgehog to handle. Perhaps he needs some help from his friends? With wonderfully wintry illustrations and soft touch-and-feels throughout, One Special Christmas is guaranteed to become a firm Christmas favourite.

Christmas at the Toy Museum Christmas at the Toy Museum
David Lucas

One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree — but what’s this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don’t the toys give themselves to one another as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture book from one of Britain’s brightest new talents.

Santa’s Beard Santa’s Beard
Matilda Tristram, Tom Duxbury, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

It’s summer and Santa’s Beard is far too fluffy and warm on Santa's sweaty face. “Don’t worry, Santa, I’ll just find a new face,” says his Beard, and off he flies straight on to … the face of someone new! But neither the baby in the pram, the princess in her castle or the pirate at sea seem to want a beard. Will Santa's Beard ever find someone who wants him? In this completely hilarious novelty book illustrated in Nick Sharratt’s bold and distinctive style, help guide Santa's Beard page by page on its adventure to find its rightful face.

Age 5 to 7

The Smallest Gift of Christmas The Smallest Gift of Christmas
Peter H. Reynolds

Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the big morning arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he has waited all year for? It must be the smallest gift he has ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger … and bigger … and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-careful-what-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift.

The First Noel The First Noel
Jan Pienkowski

From pop-up artist Jan Pienkowski comes this splendid display of the Christmas story, from the angel's Annunciation to the visit of the Magi. Presented in a beautiful novelty book that unfolds to create a traditional carousel, this magical Christmas books tells the story of the Nativity through five exquisite cut-out silhouettes with words from the King James Bible.

Snowflakes Snowflakes
Cerrie Burnell

Mia has come to live with her Grandma in a land of forests and snow. It isn't at all like her old life in the city, and at first she feels very different from the new children she sees. But when she watches the snow falling around her one night, Mia realises that she is just like one of the snowflakes - unique and perfect in her own way. A beautiful story about new beginnings and making friends by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell.

Age 7 to 11

The Winter Wolf The Winter Wolf
Holly Webb

Amelia discovers a diary written by a young boy, Noah, living in Wisconsin in the 1870s. She stays up long into the night, reading how he secretly cared for a wolf cub during the long winter months. However, when Amelia finds herself magically transported into the world of the diary, it’s up to her to help Noah keep the cub safe…

Holly Webb’s third book for Christmas is just as magical as her previous festive titles, and will delight her loyal fans everywhere.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol
Marcia Williams

One of the world's greatest writers is introduced to a new audience through Marcia Williams’s accessible retelling. Meet Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and the Ghosts of Christmas in this splendidly accessible adaptation of A Christmas Carol, illustrated throughout in Marcia’s lively style.

Rover Saves Christmas Rover Saves Christmas
Roddy Doyle

Gloriously silly comedy from Booker prize winner and bestseller Roddy Doyle. It's Christmas eve and Rudolph's got the flu! Jimmy and Robbie Mack are so desperate for Christmas that they've left twenty-seven sandwiches out for Santa. But Rudolf is off sick and Santa's grounded the sleigh - with all the presents. Will the big day be cancelled? Or can Rover the wonder-dog come to the rescue?

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