Peter Rabbit Tales: A Christmas Wish by Beatrix Potter (2017)

Father Christmas is on his way, yet poor Peter Rabbit just can’t seem to fall asleep! What ever will he do? Everyone knows Father Christmas won’t visit if you’re awake. And Peter and his sisters have wished for some extra special presents this year. It doesn’t help that every creak and bump he hears could be the man in the jolly red suit… Another delightful Christmas tale featuring Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Library by Eric Carle (2018)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves Christmas as much as he loves eating his own body weight in food! This charming festive library features four books that will teach little ones all about Christmas-themed words, shapes, colours and counting. A great one to pop in their stocking and then pass down later on to younger siblings.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg & Allan Ahlberg (1991)

It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman has the very important job of delivering festive greetings to all the fairy-tale characters. Join him on his rounds and take a peek at the cards and presents he delivers. There’s a get-well-soon gift for Humpty Dumpty, a special note from Mr Wolf to Red Riding Hood, and four more surprise envelopes. The fun rhyming verses and charming illustrations will delight all ages.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (2015)

Based on the iconic film, we see a young boy wake after a day spent playing in the snow to find that the snowman he built has come to life! The pair enjoy a fun evening exploring the house before flying through the sky and watching the sunrise. Beautifully illustrated, this magical story is a Christmas classic that can be enjoyed again and again.

Dogger’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes (2020)

We all know and love the classic tale of Dave and his treasured toy Dogger. And now, 40 years on there’s a sequel! It’s Christmas Day and there’s so much going on. Dave and his sister Bella are busy opening their presents, Dad is cooking Christmas dinner, and mum is greeting Granny and Grandpa. They all have such a fun day together. But when it’s time for bed, Dogger is nowhere to be seen. Will Dave find his faithful friend?

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle (2020)

In this modern reimagining of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, young George is spending his third Christmas without his mum since she passed away. His dad has thrown himself into work and has banned Christmas in the house. One day whilst George is out with his nan, he stumbles across Marley’s Curiosity Shop and picks up a curious snow globe. The happy scene inside reminds him of how Christmas used to be. That night, as George and his dad go to bed, they inexplicably get swept away on a journey to three Christmases from the past, present and future. Will George’s dad be able to mend his Scrooge-like ways so that they can both enjoy the festive season again?

There's an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott (2019)

There’s a little elf in your book and he’s trying to find out whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year. You’ll have to answer a few questions, and possibly make him laugh. But be wary, this little elf is quite the trickster… Part of the hit Who’s in Your Book? series, this fun and interactive tale is a great one to share over the Christmas holiday. And it will help you make an informed decision over what to tell Santa this year...

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Charles Dickens’ famed book that sees the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge become a changed man. Visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Scrooge is shown the true meaning of the season and why it’s so important to love the others around him. A heart-warming story, this beautiful clothbound edition is best read on a cold Christmas Eve, by a warm fire and surrounded by the family.

A Christmas Carol retold by Kristina Stephenson & Hoang Giang (2020)

For those who may be a bit too young to read Dickens’ original tale, this gorgeous retelling by Kristina Stephenson is a perfect introduction. Readers will see Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the three ghosts of Christmas brought to life in full colour by Hoang Giang’s beautiful illustrations. This book makes a great gift to find under the tree come Christmas morning

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2016)

William Trundle loves dinosaurs. And although he knows they’re extinct, that hasn’t stopped William from wishing for one for Christmas. Meanwhile, in the North Pole, a rare dinosaur (and probably the last one alive) lives a happy life with Santa and the elves. But he can’t help feel that there is something missing. Cue Christmas Eve and in a series of magical events, William and the dinosaur are thrown together and end up having an extraordinary adventure! If you can’t get enough of this dynamic duo, their adventures continue in The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch.

Christmas with the Chrystals & Other Stories by Noel Streatfeild (1959)

This short story tells the tale of a group of cousins who light up Christmas time for a very grumpy grandmother, in her chilly home. Accompanied by other festive tales and extracts from Streatfeild’s Christmas novels, as well as recollections of her own family Christmases, this collection is awash with charming winter cheer.

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas! by Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter & Garry Parsons (2012)

Danny is a greedy boy. Despite having a mountain of toys, he still wants more! So, Santa leaves him a rather BIG (and possibly unpleasant) present under the tree – it’s a dinosaur! A very hungry one at that. He gobbles up the tree, the fairy lights, the stockings and Christmas cards! There’s not a lot Danny can do. And unfortunately, what goes in must come out… If you’re looking for a hilarious and poop-filled festive story, this is the one!

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs (1973)

No one wants to work on Christmas Eve, not even Father Christmas! Especially when it’s so cold outside. But he has a job to do and children depending on him. Travel along with our grumbling hero in another of Raymond Briggs’ fantastic tales; join him as he navigates his way through the night, delivering presents and sampling treats left out by believers, before returning home to enjoy a well-deserved Christmas with his cat and dog.

Christmas with the Savages by Mary Clive (1955)

Eight-year-old Evelyn spends her Christmas holiday in a large Edwardian house, full of parents and nannies who have lost control of their children. There are the calm Glens, the sad Howliboos and the mad Savages who all run riot around the timid Evelyn, who cannot return home soon enough. This funny Christmas tale will charm any young festive reader!

Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes (2013)

Alfie and Annie Rose are in for such an exciting Christmas this year. Join them as they make festive decorations, bake biscuits, decorate the tree, sing carols, wrap presents and awaken on Christmas Day to find some very special gifts. This is a superb story to enjoy with the whole family and one that will get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Father Christmas's Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett (2017)

If you fancy a Christmas tale (or two) with a difference, Terry Pratchett’s collection of short stories will be all you need at storytime. Read how Father Christmas ends up on trial for public disturbance, follow the abominable snowman who becomes an old lady’s pet, or just giggle along at nine other laugh-out-loud stories that will have you looking at Christmas in a whole new way.

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