Christmas Eve is such a special time and these books are perfect for building the anticipation or calming it a down a little…
1. Is It Christmas Yet?
Jane Chapman has really captured the excitement of the season for little ones in the delightful board book, Is It Christmas Yet? published byLittle Tiger Press.
Little bear Ted cannot wait for the big day and is getting fed up with all the pre-Christmas chores – he tears the wrapping paper and insists on choosing the biggest tree in the forest even though Dad tells him it won’t fit in the door.
But at last Ted drops off to sleep and when he awakes… guess what? It’s Christmas and Ted and Dad couldn’t be happier!
2. Kipper’s Christmas Eve
Another charming book for younger children is Kipper’s Christmas Eve by Mick Inkpen. Kipper can’t decide whether he likes Christmas Eve or Christmas Day best – and while he is still trying to make up his mind, he finds something that will give his friends a Christmas they’ll never forget.
Mick Inkpen’s stories are the perfect combination of wit and warmth and this will certainly add a touch a of seasonal sparkle to the proceedings.
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The Christmas Eve Tree
The Christmas Eve Tree (Walker Books) by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton should definitely come with a mascara warning! The story follows one tiny tree uprooted from its forest home to be sold in the big city.
But unfortunately no one wants such a small a scrappy tree… that is until homeless boy asks if he may have it to brighten his makeshift shelter.
Gulp! This is a truly lovely story with gorgeous illustrations that are sure to add a touch of true Christmas spirit.
4. Another Night Before Christmas
You can’t talk about Christmas Eve books without mentioning Clement C Moore’s timeless ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
There are so many versions on the market you will have no trouble finding one to suit your child whatever their age.
For really little ones try the Little Tiger Press account with illustrations by Mark Marshall (£5.99), while for older children Carol Anne Duffy’s interpretation (Another Night Before Christmas, published by Picador, £5.99) with paper cut artwork by Rob Ryan is a truly beautiful buy that you will return to year after year.
5. Usborne Christmas Activity Pack
And finally, should the excitement prove to be just too much, why not treat the children to the Usborne Christmas Activity Pack.
This prettily-packaged set contains four mini books all designed to keep little hands busy and includes a Winter Wonderland Sticker Book, Sticker Dolly Dressing, Colouring & Doodling and 101 Things to Spot at Christmas!
That should give you just enough time to get that last-minute wrapping done!