Best children’s books for December

Nothing beats snuggling down with a festive tale after a hard day’s shopping. So, here is the cream of the Christmas crop for this year

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6 months+: This Little Angel

This Little Angel is the latest title in Ladybird’s bestselling This Little… series. It has gentle rhyming text and plenty of different textures for little hands to touch and feel. There is also a lot sparkle – just perfect for your brand new angel.

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Published by Ladybird, available, priced £5.99

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18 months+: Fancy Dress Christmas

Super bright and super fun, Nick Sharratt’s Fancy Dress Christmas is great for inquisitive toddlers. There’s a festive fancy dress party going on – can your child guess who’s behind the disguises? Featuring sturdy cut-outs and flaps, as well as Sharratt’s trademark illustrations, this is a very jolly read indeed.

Published by Alison Green Books, available, priced £10.99 (hardback), £5.99 (paperback)

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3+: Zoe’s Christmas List

Father and daughter team Mick and Chloe Inkpen have produced another Zoe and Beans winner with Zoe’s Christmas List. This feisty 4-year-old knows exactly what she wants for Christmas and to make sure there can be no mistakes, she decides to pin her list on the North Pole so Father Christmas can’t miss it. But on her journey she learns that presents can come in all shapes and sizes. This is a great book for gently reminding children that there’s more to Christmas than loads and loads of toys.

Published by Macmillan, available, priced £5.99

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3+ The Christmas Unicorn

The Christmas Unicorn by Anna Currey is a very gentle tale about a lonely little girl and her magical friend. Milly doesn’t really want to go to grandpa’s for Christmas, especially as it means leaving her dad behind to finish off his work. But an unexpected visitor arrives to give Milly a Christmas she will never forget. This is a perfect bedtime story, with warm illustrations and a heart-warming message.

Published by Oxford University Press, available, priced £6.99

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5+: The First Christmas

For beginner readers, The First Christmas by Georgie Adams is a perfect introduction to the story of the nativity. It features beautiful, soft watercolour images and the story is re-told with charming simplicity. It works both as a story to be read to a child or as one they can have a go at themselves.

Published Orion Children’s Books, available, priced £4.99

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6+: One Snowy Day

Another story for young readers – but perhaps for the more advanced – is One Snowy Day by Tracey Corderoy. Part of the Willow Valley series, here we see Riley and his friends getting more and more excited as Christmas approaches. This book is perfect for reading over several nights in the run-up to the big day ensuring your child (and you) get just as excited as the characters themselves.

Published by Scholastic, available, priced £5.99

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Pre-schoolers+: Usborne Winter Wonderland Sticker Book

And finally… there are plenty of great Christmas Activity books on the market to keep your little angels occupied while you plan, wrap, decorate, bake and so on. For pre-schoolers the Usborne Winter Wonderland Sticker Book (£5.99) is a delightful title with 24 magical scenes to decorate with more than 400 stickers. For older girls the Usborne Christmas Activity Book (£7.99) features codes to crack, games, stickers and things to make – it will keep them amused for hours. While for boys, Awesomely Brilliant Christmas Doodles (£4.99) from Sholastic is packed with puzzles, word searches and colouring pages that will appeal to naughty elves everywhere!

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