Best children and parenting books December 2015

December already, and is here is the round-up of the best books for Christmas

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  • Is It Christmas Yet?

    Age: 1+

    Is It Christmas Yet? by the wonderful Jane Chapman tells the story of Ted, a very excited little bear who cannot wait for Christmas. Big Bear has the presents to buy and wrap before the bears can go to the woods and choose their tree. Ted, of course, chooses the biggest tree but things go seriously wrong and the tree gets snapped in two. Now the bears must hurry to get their tree decorated before the big day. Great little story capturing the anticipation of Christmas.

    Published by Little Tiger Press, available, £6.99

  • Santa Baby

    Age: 2+

    Santa Baby by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Ada Grey is my favourite Christmas book of the year. Santa Baby and Roo are desperate to go on the Christmas delivery with Santa. But they are too little and instead they are told to go to bed. But when they discover that two parcels have been left behind what else can they do but try to save the day? This really is a lovely book – the rhyming text is perfect for sharing with your child, while the charming illustrations certainly sum up the wonder of Christmas Eve.

    Published by Bloomsbury, available, £6.99

  • Stick Man

    Age: 3+

    If there is one thing you really must watch on TV this Christmas, then it’s Stick Man, the animated tale of Julia Donaldson’s classic story, featuring the vocal talents of Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Hobbit star Martin Freeman. The book, complete with poster, has been re-issued as a gift edition to mark the occasion. It’s a scary life for a Stick Man, dogs want to play with you, birds need you to build their nests and worst of all you are very useful when starting a fire. Will Stick Man survive and make it back to his family tree in one piece? No one writes stories for children like Julia Donaldson and this is one of her best and Axel Scheffler’s drawings are once again unrivalled – if you know a child who hasn’t got this book, then buy it now!

    Published by Scholastic, available £12.99

  • The Snowman

    Age: 4+

    Another true classic that has been repackaged for this Christmas is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Told entirely through pictures, the story tells of a boy who embarks on a magical journey when the snowman he has built comes to life.  But just a word of warning, it does not have a happy ending. Now more than 30 years old, The Snowman is finding a new generation of readers and is well worth adding to your Christmas collection.

    Published by Puffin, available, £12.99

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  • Horrid Henry’s Cracking Christmas

    Age: 5+

    For fans of possibly the most mischievous boy in the world comes Horrid Henry’s Cracking Christmas. Featuring 6 of Henry’s festive adventures, this is great fun and an antidote to all the cuddly, cutesy stories that appear at this time of year. Stories include: Horrid Henry’s Christmas Play, Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents, Horrid Henry's Ambush and Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch. Comes complete with advent joke countdown to the big day.

    Published by Orion, available, £5.99

  • Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids

    Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids by Jamie Dorobek, is published just in time to fill the last few days of the Christmas holidays. It contains more than 100 crafts to help develop your child’s creativity, imagination and fine motor skills. And if you have spent a fortune over Christmas, all the projects in here use things that can be found in the home and even the simplest game or activity comes with step-by-step instructions so you can’t go wrong.

    Published by Adams Media Corporation, 23rd December, £11.95

  • Big Book of Recipes for Babies, Toddlers & Children

    If another year of cooking and meal planning fills you with dread, then look no further than the Big Book of Recipes for Babies, Toddlers & Children by Judy More and Bridget L Wardley. The first years of a child’s life can either be an exciting culinary journey or a battle to get any kind of food into them! This book is here to help you create the former by introducing a wide variety of tastes and ingredients from the word go. It has a meal for 365 days of the year – you can follow it religiously or dip in and out when you are in need of inspiration. The recipes are quick and easy and for busy mums this is a real godsend.

    Published by Duncan Baird, 8th December, £10.59