The best of Christmas books

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The latest releases celebrate every aspect of the festive period, but don’t forget the classics when sharing the important messages of Christmas


’Twas the Evening of Christmas by Nellist Glenys and Elena Selivanova Glenys adapts Clement C Moore’s famous poem to focus not on Santa, but rather the baby Jesus.

bearA Christmas for Bear by Bonnie Becker and Kady MacDonald Dentor Curmudgeonly bear and mischievous mouse spend Christmas together. But where are the presents?

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney-Tickle A musical version of the traditional tale.

Let it Glow: A Winter’s Walk by Owen Gildersleeve A snowy journey home, with real twinkling lights.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie and Marisa Marea Featuring onwishe little puppy, three drooling Dalmatians, six sausage-snaffling Scotties…

One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton Theo sees an odd-looking star and wishes for friends. Then the tree decorations start to move.

Busy Nativity by Emily Bolam Push, pull and turn the tabs to join Mary and Joseph on their long journey to Bethlehem.

Christmas classics

The Nativity For simplicity, there is Dick Bruna’s Christmas; for beauty, there are Brian Wildsmith’s A Christmas Story, Jan Pienkowski’s The First Christmasand Helen Ward’s The Animals’ Christmas Carol; and for fun and accessibility for young children, Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan.

Get ready Join Judith Kerr’s cat on the roof as she escapes the festive preparations in Mog’s Christmas, or get in the spirit of the season with Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer.

A time of giving Robin gives all his warm vests to friends in Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley, while in Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton’s The Christmas Eve Tree, a homeless boy cheers up everyone with a tree.

Santa Claus Lift the flaps to unwrap a present on every page of Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa; it’s Santa to the rescue in The Tooth Fairy’s Christmas by Peter Bently and Garry Parsons; and there is one present left in Santa’s sack in Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present by John Burningham.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Look out for versions by Robert Sabuda, Jan Brett and Jane Ray.

For more details and many more suggestions, see ‘Christmas classics’

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