Warm their hearts with Emma O’Donovan’s pick of festive reads
The Christmas Fairy by Anne Booth and Rosalind Beardshaw
Clara is a wriggly, giggly chatterbox and likes nothing more than making people smile. But more than anything, she wants to be a real Christmas Fairy. A sweet treat to help get you in the spirit. £6.99, Nosy Crow
Adorable and educational, this clever story follows a day in the life of a young reindeer. A warm, fun and comforting read to be enjoyed over and over again. £4.99, Chronicle Books
Classic Nursery Rhymes by Dorothy M Wheeler
This hardback makes a perfect first-Christmas gift for baby, and includes old favourites such as Little Jack Horner, Jack & Jill and Humpty Dumpty. £13.49, Bloomsbury
Miffy in the Snow by Dick Bruna
A much-loved classic, Miffy finds all sorts of ways to have fun in the snow. Bold illustrations and a simple storyline make this story a firm favourite. £4.99, Simon & Schuster
First Snow by Bomi Park
This simple and stunning book captures the magic of the first snowfall. Beautifully illustrated, with a simple, lyrical text. A visual feast that toddlers will love. £10.99, Chronicle Books
Santa to the Rescue! by Barry Timms and Ag Jatkowska
A fun and interactive picture book filled with exciting pop-up flaps, a festive map and secret letters to Santa. Perfect for sharing with little ones who are excited about Christmas. £11.99, Little Tiger Press
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and Sarah Massini
When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he’s snubbed by the other toys. But he soon learns that toys can become ‘real’ if they are loved enough. A classic to be enjoyed at Christmas and all year round. £14.99, Nosy Crow
Christmas by Fiona Watt and Stella Baggott
A jolly fold-out book filled with iconic Christmas images, such as snowflakes, stockings and presents. A great way to introduce a young children to the magic of the festive season. £5.99, Usborne
Otto loves nothing more than a good book, but now it’s time for an incredible adventure through the snow. This story will inspire a lifelong love of reading. £6.99, Jonathan Cape
Christmas ABC by Jannie Ho
This first alphabet book is packed with festive details encouraging letter-sound practice, with bright illustrations and sturdy pages.
£5.99, Nosy Crow
This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup and Gabriel Alborozo
This charming, lyrical picture book celebrates the bond between parent and child, with illustrations that will warm even the frostiest of hearts!
£7.88, Walker Books
Listen to the Christmas Songs by Marion Billet
Perfect for sharing, this book provides more than just a jingle. Easy-to-use fingerprint points activate six jolly songs, bringing the bold illustrations to life.
£7.99, Nosy Crow
Snow by Sam Usher
This mini gift edition tells the tale of a boy and his grandfather experiencing the excitement and anticipation of a fresh fall of snow, but are they the only ones looking forward to a snowball fight? A delightfully sensitive future classic.
£6.99, Templar Publishing
Morris Wants More by Amélie Falière and Joshua Seigal
An anarchic retelling of the 12 days of Christmas: Will Morris’s greedy behaviour get the better of him? This read is brilliantly funny.
£11.99, Flying Eye Books
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snow Globe gift book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
The unique snow globe cover adds a special festive flurry to this timeless classic. Little ones will be entranced by the well-loved and beautifully lyrical bear hunt story.
£12.38, Walker Books
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis
Stunning illustrations complement a beautiful narrative celebrating the rituals of decorating the tree; a classic to revisit every Christmas.
£8.98, Walker Books
A Christmas For Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
Celebrate with Bear and Mouse in this charming story about Bear’s first-ever Christmas party. A lovely, seasonal introduction to friendship and sharing.
£12.99, Walker Books
The Snowdog by Raymond Briggs
A Snowdog isn’t just for Christmas – and this board-book version can be treasured forever. A heartwarming rhyming tale for the very young, starring everyone’s favourite snowy pup.
Christmas by Dick Bruna
This simple yet beautiful adaptation of the Nativity story by Miffy creator Dick Bruna features his trademark bold illustrations. It makes an eye-catching and supremely stylish Christmas keepsake for baby’s nursery.
£7.94, Simon & Schuster