A picture of a selection of Christmas-themed children's books against a green background with cut-out snowflakes

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Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Christmas Unicorn (2021)

If your little one loves Christmas AND unicorns, then this sweet Peppa Pig tale is just perfect to read together. Peppa and her family are off to the Christmas fair for Christmas Eve, and Peppa can’t wait! There’s going to be delicious treats to eat, fun games to play, and gingerbread houses to decorate. There’s also a carousel, with a golden and glittery unicorn! Peppa doesn’t hesitate in jumping aboard to enjoy a magical, Christmassy ride.

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

Busy Day: Father Christmas by Dan Green (2021)

No one is busier on Christmas Eve than Father Christmas. He’s got a jam-packed night ahead of him and needs some help delivering all of his presents. In this fun interactive flap book, little hands can join in with wrapping the presents, flying the sleigh, and sliding down chimneys. A great one to enjoy together and to teach children all about Father Christmas.

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas by Libby Walden & Zeynep Özatalay (2021)

Clement C. Moore’s iconic poem has been given a modern update. Father Christmas has taken to the skies – it's Christmas Eve after all – and all the children are tucked up asleep. Or are they? One little boy has been woken by the sound of reindeer hooves and twinkling bells. There’s no way he can go back to sleep now. So, he creeps downstairs and runs into a very special visitor...

Recommended reading age: 0-7 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn's Christmas by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2019)

It’s Christmas Eve, so there’s no way your little one will be able to sleep. Not with Father Christmas on his way! Twinkle the unicorn is struggling to sleep too. Instead of going to bed, this cheeky unicorn prances through the trees, rolls around in the snow, and follows a mysterious figure who has landed among the trees! Little readers will love following Twinkle on this countdown story to bedtime.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

A Big Box of Little Christmas Books (2021)

This set of nine chunky mini board books makes the perfect gift for babies and toddlers. Each page of every book includes a festive first word alongside a beautiful and bright illustration. And then once little ones have got through all the books, they can put them together like a puzzle and create a nativity picture.

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

The Nutcracker by Rhiannon Findlay & Romina Galotta (2020)

There’s no tale more Christmassy than E. T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker. This picture book adaptation will introduce little ones to the fantastical adventure that follows Marie after she is gifted a Nutcracker for Christmas. That night as the clock strikes midnight, the Nutcracker comes to life and whisks her away to a land where the Sugarplum Fairy and Mouse King live. This is the perfect book to share together on Christmas Eve.

Recommended reading age: 3-8 years old

Ladybird Funny Nativity Play (2021)

Get the whole family in a festive mood with this hilarious audiobook. It’s the opening night of Miss Patel’s nativity play and the children have been rehearsing diligently all December for it. But as with any nativity play, things don’t always go to plan. Someone has brought a real donkey into the school; the children playing the cow are arguing, and the star keeps picking his nose!

Recommended reading age: 5+ years old

Hey Duggee: Duggee and the Christmas Badge (2020)

Duggee and the squirrels are singing songs and getting into the Christmas spirit at the clubhouse. Then there’s a knock on the door – it’s Duggee’s old friend Clarence! But Clarence is not in a very Christmassy mood. They offer him mince pies and Duggee’s Festive Fruit Cup but Clarence has lost his Christmas cheer. Can they help him get it back?

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Night Before Christmas (2020)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even… a couple of cheeky piglets! The timeless festive poem has been given a fresh twist in this sweet rhyming story. It’s Christmas Eve so Peppa Pig and her brother George are tucked up in bed. But Peppa can’t sleep and then she hears a bang on the roof! Could it be Santa? Or maybe it’s just a dream? This magical tale is perfect for Peppa fans this season.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Baby Touch: Happy Christmas! (2019)

Will you be celebrating their first Christmas this year? Introduce them to everything involved in the festivities with this touch-and-feel book. Featuring reindeer, candy canes and Father Christmas himself, this is a wonderful book to read them in the run-up to the big day and get even the littlest of babies in the Christmas spirit!

Recommended reading age: 0-1 year old

Fa-la-la-la-llama (2019)

If you have a mini songbird on your hands, they’ll love this fun sound book based on the much-loved tune ‘Deck the Halls’! Join Llama as he celebrates his favourite time of the year and spreads festive cheer. Don’t forget to press the sound button to hear the song and sing along with him!

Recommended reading age: 2-4 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Christmas Jumper Day (2019)

Peppa loves Christmas Jumper Day and is looking forward to raising money for Save the Children. But when she tries on her jumper from last year, she discovers it’s too small! It fits George perfectly but what will Peppa wear to playgroup now? Luckily Daddy Pig is around to save the day! During the season of giving, this is a lovely tale to read with your tot.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Sing-along Christmas Collection (2018)

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive song or two. And now your mini caroller can read AND sing their heart out with this Ladybird board book. From Jingle Bells to Away in a Manger, this beautifully illustrated compilation includes an audio CD featuring both classic carols and fun festive songs. Perfect for having a sing-along indoors when the weather outside is frightful. 

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Hey Duggee: Duggee’s Christmas (2015)

It’s Christmas at the Clubhouse and Duggee needs some help decorating his tree. The Squirrels are only too happy to help… but where should the lights go? And who will hand out the presents? Full of gorgeous colours and wonderful characters, Duggee fans (and Squirrel Club members!) will love this festive board book.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

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