A picture of three Christmas books for children on a snowy background with Christmas trees in the foreground and background

Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa's Little Helper by Mark Hoyle, Roxanne Hoyle & Gareth Conway (2021)

Greg the sausage roll is super excited as it’s Christmas Eve – the most wonderful time of the year! Everything at the bakery is ready; the tinsel has been hung up, the lights are twinkling, and all the mince pies have been sold. Which means that Greg gets picked up as a treat for Santa this year. Once Santa arrives, Greg begs to help him deliver all the presents. And so, a roll-ercoaster of an adventure begins!

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2021)

Tom Fletcher’s hit middle-grade book The Christmasaurus has been turned into a rhyming picture book for little readers. 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 wants more than anything to be able to fly – and that’s a lot harder than it looks. Cue Christmas Eve and in a series of magical events, William and the dinosaur are thrown together and end up having an extraordinary adventure!

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton (1993)

There are few who can deny that The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best festive tales out there. And you’ll want to snap up this new edition with additional illustrations from author Tim Burton. Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween, the master of ghastly tricks and frights. But this year he doesn’t feel much like scaring. Halloween just doesn’t bring him the same joy it used to. But then he stumbles across a colourful and cheery place called Christmas Town – could this be the key to the emptiness that has been growing inside of Jack?

Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

The Snowman retold by Michael Morpurgo & Robin Shaw (2018)

Michael Morpurgo has retold Raymond Brigg’s iconic tale where we see young James wake after a day spent playing in the snow to find that the snowman he built has come to life. The two new friends enjoy a fun evening exploring the house before flying through the sky and meeting a very special someone. Robin Shaw’s beautiful illustrations are in full colour in this special gift edition that can be enjoyed again and again.

Recommended reading age: 7-10 years old

The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2021)

He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice – but who is on Santa’s naughty list and how easy is it to get off it? Tom Fletcher’s lovable Christmasaurus is back with a new festive adventure. This year the dinosaur is on a mission to track down the children who might need to put some wrongs right before Santa heads down their chimney. This is a story about learning that it’s never too late to make amends, as well as celebrating the marvellous magic of Christmastime.

Recommended reading age: 7-11 years old

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?

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

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?

Recommended reading age: 8-13 years old

Oh No! Shark in the Snow! by Nick Sharratt (2021)

It’s snowing and Timothy Pope has gone to the park with his dad. Timothy has brought along his telescope and when he looks through it, he spots a shark! A shark in the park? Surely not. Are you brave enough to turn the page and find out? Get ready to have some fin-tastic festive fun with this new book by author and illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

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...

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 9+ years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 5-8 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

Peter Rabbit: The Christmas Present Hunt (2021)

It’s Christmas and Peter Rabbit is super excited! The tree is up and decorated, Mrs Rabbit has made some delicious mince pies, and his sister’s presents are all wrapped and ready to be opened. But wait, where are their presents? Peter hid them so they’d be extra safe but now he can’t remember where he hid them... Another delightful Christmas tale featuring Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters.

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Father Christmas by Eric Carle (2021)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves Christmas as much as he loves eating his own body weight in food! And this year he’s helping Father Christmas get ready for his biggest night of the year. There’s so much to do – he needs to dress for the cold weather, feed the reindeer so they have plenty of energy for the journey, and load up the sleigh. This charming festive tale is a great one to pop in their stocking.

Recommended reading age: 0-3 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 7-11 years old

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!

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

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!

Recommended reading age: 8-12 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 0-5 years old

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.

Recommended reading age: 9-11 years old

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