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Christmas activities

Welcome to our page about Christmas activities. We hope that you enjoy it and can find some new ideas here to stimulate your children and help them contribute to the great variety of activities which surround this festive season.

Books for Christmas

Christmas activities

There are many activities which can be done to decorate your house or classroom. The children love making these and also get great pleasure from seeing their work displayed and admired by visitors and friends. It is a real learning skill for your children and encourages concentration,good fine motor skills and include many useful learning skills. Try some and see!

 Activities for Christmas
Activities for Christmas
 Boxes of love
Boxes of love
 Magic reindeer food
Magic reindeer food
 Paper cone angel
Paper cone angel

 

 Snowmen
Snowmen
 Hand painted wreath
Hand painted wreath
 Crafts
Crafts
 Santa face for window
Santa face for window

 

 

 Christmas activity book
Christmas activity book
 Christmas ideas
Christmas ideas
 Christmas wrapping paper
Christmas wrapping paper
 Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations

 

 Christmas crafts
Christmas crafts
 Christmas things to make and do
Christmas things to make and do
 Soap shapes
Soap shapes
 Have fun with play dough
Have fun with play dough

 

 Christmas fun for FS
Christmas fun for FS
 Count for Christmas
Count for Christmas
 Christmas counting sheets
Christmas counting sheets
 Gift tag
Gift tag

 

 Pots of love
Pots of love
 Christmas activities for FS
Christmas activities for FS
 A pop up Christmas card to make
A pop up Christmas card to make
 Pop up christmas tree card
Pop up christmas tree card
 Make a sparkly snowflake
Make a sparkly snowflake
 Make a Christmas stocking
Make a Christmas stocking
 Paper snowflake
Paper snowflake
 Make a Christmas tree fairy
Make a Christmas tree fairy
 Make a reindeer pop up card
Make a reindeer pop up card
 Christmas origami
Christmas origami
 Letter for Christmas
Letter for Christmas

 

Christmas learning

 Reception maths ideas for Christmas
Reception maths ideas for Christmas
 FS Christmas worksheet
FS Christmas worksheet
 Look at these lists for Santa
Look at these lists for Santa
 Fun science ideas younger children spinners
Fun science ideas younger children spinners
 Reception maths for Christmas
Reception maths for Christmas
 Christmas fun maths
Christmas fun maths
 Christmas worksheet
Christmas worksheet
 Christmas and Santa
Christmas and Santa
 Christmas shopping 2
Christmas shopping 2
 Christmas shopping KS3
Christmas shopping KS3
 Christmas spelling KS2
Christmas spelling KS2
 Xmas shopping
Xmas shopping
 Christmas shapes
Christmas shapes
 Add and subtract these Christmas characters
Add and subtract these Christmas characters
 How much have you left?
How much have you left?
 The Little Fir Tree paper
The Little Fir Tree paper
 What number is the fairy hiding?
What number is the fairy hiding?
 What number is the fairy hiding 2?
What number is the fairy hiding 2?
 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
 Thoughts on the Frog Prince
Thoughts on the Frog Prince
 Christmas quiz
Christmas quiz
 Santa's list of children by town
Santa's list of children by town
 A maths Christmas tree
A maths Christmas tree
 Christmas spellings
Christmas spellings
 Christmas maths quiz KS3
Christmas maths quiz KS3
 Christmas thoughts
Christmas thoughts
 Christmas music and games
Christmas music and games

 

 Christmas problems for Year 3
Christmas problems for Year 3
 Christmas Fayre maths
Christmas Fayre maths
 Santa's elves maths KS2
Santa's elves maths KS2
 Christmas present maths
Christmas present maths
 Fun science KS1 Balancing man
Fun science KS1 Balancing man
 Christmas mental maths for KS2
Christmas mental maths for KS2
 Fun science for KS2 Spinning snake
Fun science for KS2 Spinning snake
 Fun science ideas for 8 to 14 year olds
Fun science ideas for 8 to 14 year olds
 How the fir tree became the Xmas tree
How the fir tree became the Xmas tree
 Little Piccola's first Xmas Y6 comprehension
Little Piccola's first Xmas Y6 comprehension
 Fun Christmas maths quiz
Fun Christmas maths quiz
 The Little Shepherd Y3 & 4 comprehension
The Little Shepherd Y3 & 4 comprehension
 Christmas shopping
Christmas shopping
 A visit from St Nicholas comprehension Y7
A visit from St Nicholas comprehension Y7
 Christmas comprehension for Year 7
Christmas comprehension for Year 7
 Information text on UK KS3
Information text on UK KS3

 

Christmas ideas

Christmas is a very colourful season and many children enjoy having a topic, colouring ,writing and puzzles to complete related to the the theme of Christmas. We have compiled some papers below which may stimulate your children to improve concentration, improve fine motor skills and learn about presentaion of their own work.

 

 Christmas topic
Christmas topic
 Christmas activity book
Christmas activity book
 Christmas writing for Years 1 and 2
Christmas writing for Years 1 and 2
 Christmas puzzle topics
Christmas puzzle topics

 

 Christmas colouring pack 1
Christmas colouring pack 1
 Christmas colouring pack 2
Christmas colouring pack 2
 Quiz for all the family to enjoy
Quiz for all the family to enjoy
 Christmas ideas
Christmas ideas

 

 How far is it to Bethlehem?
How far is it to Bethlehem?
 Journey to Bethlehem
Journey to Bethlehem
 Nativity journeys
Nativity journeys
 Twas the night before Christmas maths
Twas the night before Christmas maths
 Christmas gifts you might like to make
Christmas gifts you might like to make
 Filling a Christmas stocking can be fun
Filling a Christmas stocking can be fun

 

Lots more ideas for all the family to enjoy on our Thinking Skills page.

Christmas food

There is always some delicious food to be enjoyed at this time of year. Children thoroughly enjoy helping to cook and especially like tasting the results.

 

 Christmas log
Christmas log
 Christmas recipes
Christmas recipes
 Christmas ice cream
Christmas ice cream
 Sweet chestnuts
Sweet chestnuts
 Sweet chestnuts
Sweet chestnuts
 Cranberry bread
Cranberry bread
 Gingerbread cookies in a jar
Gingerbread cookies in a jar
 Christmas cakes
Christmas cakes
 Christmas biscuits
Christmas biscuits
 A crunchy frosty snowman
A crunchy frosty snowman
 Church mice
Church mice
 Christmas recipes no 2
Christmas recipes no 2

 

Christmas games

Many families visit each other during this festive season to exchange gifts and cards. It is often a great opportunity to enjoy playing games. This usually means that young children and adults compete together and is a great learning curve for younger children

 

 Christmas puzzles for all
Christmas puzzles for all
 Enjoy Christmas aa a family
Enjoy Christmas aa a family
 Christmas word search
Christmas word search
 Enjoy these together
Enjoy these together
 Play Christmas dominoes
Play Christmas dominoes
 Christmas game board
Christmas game board
 Christmas odd one out
Christmas odd one out
 Christmas snap cards
Christmas snap cards
 Christmas family ideas
Christmas family ideas

 

 Activities for Christmas
Activities for Christmas
 Christmas games
Christmas games
 Christmas dominoes
Christmas dominoes
 A puzzle for all the family
A puzzle for all the family
 Word search for KS1 for Christmas
Word search for KS1 for Christmas
 Christmas word search for KS2
Christmas word search for KS2
 Christmas word search for KS3
Christmas word search for KS3
 Family word search for Christmas
Family word search for Christmas
 Christmas crossword Years 1 and 2
Christmas crossword Years 1 and 2
 Christmas crossword Years 3 and 4
Christmas crossword Years 3 and 4
 Christmas crossword Years 5 and 6
Christmas crossword Years 5 and 6
 Christmas crossword Years 7, 8 and 9
Christmas crossword Years 7, 8 and 9

 

Christmas stories

Children of all ages enjoy stories and there are many Christmas tales that can be read or are read to various age groups. Here is a selection that would suit all age groups.

 Christmas Story
Christmas Story
 Nativity storyboard
Nativity storyboard
 Story of Papa Panov
Story of Papa Panov
 Christmas stories
Christmas stories

 

 True meaning of Christmas - story
True meaning of Christmas - story
 Christmas spider story
Christmas spider story
 Babuskha
Babuskha
 Make it snow
Make it snow
 The fir tree
The fir tree
 The elves and the shoemaker
The elves and the shoemaker
 The first Christmas tree
The first Christmas tree
 Christmas bells poem
Christmas bells poem
 The errors of Santa Claus
The errors of Santa Claus
 The goblins' Christmas
The goblins' Christmas
 Rhymes for Christmas
Rhymes for Christmas

 

Here are some more thoughts to introduce children to other Christmas ideas.

 Why we give gifts at Christmas
Why we give gifts at Christmas
 Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas
 Christmas in Germany
Christmas in Germany
 Twas the night before Christmas maths
Twas the night before Christmas maths

 

 Christmas service 2
Christmas service 2
 Christmas service 1
Christmas service 1
 Christmas service 3
Christmas service 3
 Christmas markets
Christmas markets

 

 Christmas in Australia
Christmas in Australia
 Christmas in Finland
Christmas in Finland
 Christmas in Denmark
Christmas in Denmark
 Christmas in Mexico
Christmas in Mexico

 

 German Christmas Land
German Christmas Land
 Thoughts on Mrs Claus
Thoughts on Mrs Claus

 

 

Books (and DVDs) for Christmas

Muddypaws' First Christmas (Picture Books) by Paul Bright

Who will be able to resist the gorgeous puppy on the cover complete with his glittery Christmas hat? It sets the scene perfectly for this enchanting  tale of getting ready for Christmas - and of an over-enthusiastic pup who just wants to help. Delightfully illustrated by Simon Mendez, this is a story to lift the spirits and set the scene for a happy Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas (Christmas Picture Books) from Parragon

Another eye-catching cover to entrance young readers - a glittery Christmas scene shows Santa and his sleigh setting off to deliver the presents. On the night before Christmas, a man sees St. Nicholas in his sleigh pulled by eight reindeer....  the sleigh lands on the roof and down comes Santa, to share a special  moment before he's off again. The vivid illustrations by Henry Fisher reflect the Christmas spirit perfectlt and make this a book which will come out year after year for the family to enjoy.

 

Christmas 2000 Stickers Paperback by Rachel Gippetti

Frosty, festive and fun, this wonderful collection of stickers is perfect to keep children happy and busy in the run-up to Christmas.There are lots of colourful pictures with puzzles and challenges to enjoy - and these are a great way to encourage learning skills too. Doodles, colouring, mazes, dot to dot... and then they can all be embellished with some of the 2000 stickers included.
 

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Y Moore

The Night Before Christmas is a much-loved poem published in 1823 - a poem which is responsible for many of our ideas about Santa Claus. "'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Richard Johnson's delicately coloured illustrations set the poem off perfectlyThis classic Christmas verse is well known to every parent and child preparing for Christmas and this and capture the magic Christmas holds for all ages.

Angelina's Christmas (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird

A festive story for all young Angelina fans. Angelina and her cousin Henry visit lonely old Mr Bell, the retired village postman. They invite him to Angelina's Christmas show to cheer him up and he appears dressed as Father Christmas, with a sackful of presents for everyone! A charming Christmas story about helping others - the true spirit of Christmas.

Papercraft Christmas by Ellen Giggenbach

This book includes a superbly varied range of Christmas papercraft projects. THere are instructions for each craft, followed by cut and fold tepmlates all presented in bright colours on good quality card, meaning the end result is a really pleasing decoration. Once you've mastered the technique, you can extend your creative skills with a plain paper version and decorate it with some of the 200+ stickers provided. You can make a reindeer, Santa's sleigh, angels, a Christmas star and many more. Wonderful designs will add a real festive feel to your home.

Christmas Pocket Activity Fun and Games by Andrea Pinnington

A small book but one which is packed with an amazing number of activities! There are games, puzzles, fold-out scenes, patterned paper and stickers to give hours of creative fun and lots of ideas to decorate your home and give as gifts. There are also puzzles, drawings, stories to write and recipes. A huge variety of activities and a perfect way to keep children, whatever their interests, busy and engaged in the run up to Christmas.

Spot the Reindeer at Christmas by Tasha Percy

This is the ideal book to keep children happy and engrossed during the festive season. There's so much going on in the busy pages that they will have to look hard to spot the reindeer. There are lots of other things to spot too, as well as snippets of information about Christmas traditions. The pages are packed with things to look at and talk about - every aspect of the Christmas fun.

Creativity Placemats Christmas by Gemma Barder

This is an interesting take on the advent calendar idea with far more to keep children entertained than just opening a window. There is one placemat for each day in December until Christmas, as well as 12 extras to enjoy - perhaps when friends come round. Each one features two colourful festive activites to keep children happy at the table. Children will really look forward to seeing the new placemat for each day - this is a super idea..

Christmas World of Stickers (Sticker Activity) from Buster Books

Wow! Nobody needs to be bored in the run up to Christmas with this exciting activity book on hand. With almost a 100 pages of colourful activities and an amazing 800+ stickers, there's something here for everyone. The colourful pages are packed full of festive full-colour illustrations, stunning scenes and wintery patterns to complete with colouring pencils or stickers. From decorating Christmas trees, embellishing festive treats and designing cosy knitwear to dressing up Santa's elves, completing snowy scenes and lots more, there is so much fun to be had. It's a great way to develop creative skills and there will be lots of pictures to put up around the house!

Where's Santa? (Buster Activity)

Santa's very busy getting ready for Christmas - but then the elves go missing! Where could they be? They could be anywhere in the world and santa needs your help to find them - are they skiing? Maybe they are at the ballet? Or the Christmas market? Can you spot Santa and his ten elves on each delightfully detailed, hilarious scene? There is so much to spot and enjoy. This hardback book is one that will come out yrear after year to give all the family lots of fun festive entertainment.

Snow Bunny's Christmas Gift by Rebecca Harry

A lovely silver glittery cover sets the festive scene for this story. Little Snow Bunny loves to play with her friends in the wintry forest and she always loks forward to seeing her friends Fox, Bear and Mouse. But when they don't want to play, what can she do? The imaginative little bunny sets out to make gifts for all her friends, just in time for Christmas Eve. A delightful story, brimful of Christmas spirit.

Toddler Christmas (Toddler Books) by Katie Saunders

It's lovely to see a Christmas book especially for toddlers - and with its generous size and beautifully illusrated padded cover, this hardback is really appealing. Five tabbed sections - Christmas games, Out and About, Christmas activities, Learning fun and Stories and songs - show what a superb variety of activities make up this book. Younger children will need help with the activities, but the stories are perfect and there are lots of ideas here to help parents make the most of the excitement that surrounds Christmas. A lovely book to give as a gift and one that will be used for many years as toddlers grow into the wonderful range of activities.

The Pretty Christmas Colouring Book (Buster Activity)

Another lovely colouring book from Buster Books, who always bring us something fresh. Encourage children to get into the Christmas spirit (if they need encoyragement!) with this book full of festive patterns and snowy scenes to colour. From Santa's sleigh and prancing reindeer, to pretty presents, baubles, crackers, candy canes and woodland creatures, there's every aspect of Christmas here. Colouring is becoming a popular activity with adults too and plenty of the drawings in this book are intricate enough for adults to enjoy - and will be a great stress-buster during the busy pre-Christmas period.

Christmas Cracker by Jacqueline Wilson

Just perfect to discover in a Christmas stocking - and a great way to keep girls happy and occupied on Christmas morning! There are brilliant Christmas stories here, with many favourites girls will recognise plus a brand-new tale from Jacqueline. As well, there are festive puzzles, tasty Christmas recipes, perfect present tips, and fun Christmas facts. And there are lively illustrations from Nick Sharratt, of course. A good mix of things and plenty for all Jacquline's many fans.

Billy Bonkers: It's a Crazy Christmas by Giles Andreae

Things aren't going well with Billy Bonkers at Christmas - he gets trapped by a snowman, weed on by a puppy and burped on by his relatives. THree hilarious stories, peopled by a wonderfully funny range of characters with plenty of amusing quirks and foibles. Entertaining cartoons add to the appeal of this exrtremely funny book.

The Tooth Fairy's Christmas by Peter Bently

Two of children's favourite gift bringers get together in this magical Christmas story. Tim Tucker has just lost a tooth but the Tooth Fairy is blown off-course in the snow. Luckily, a sleigh comes her way and Santa rescues her. Together, and with the help of a little magic, they deliver their gifts to Tim. The infectious rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud story but don't miss out on sharing the vivid and lively illustrations.

Happy Hooves: Oh! Oh! Oh! (Happy Hooves 2) by A. Bogie

A magical rhyming Christmas tale where Cow tells his hoofed friends that Santa will not visit unless they tidy their houses. But as each of the animals make everything sparkle and gleam, a panis arises as they realise something is missing. How will Santa bring presents if they don't have a chimney? Stylish illustrations add to this warm and witty story which shows that Christmas comes to everyone, no matter where you live.

Yikes, Santa-CLAWS! by Pamela Butchart

It's Christmas Eve and Santa should be on his way - but instead, there is chaos! Will Christmas be ruined? Sam Lloyd's brilliantly vibrant illustrations repay close attention - they are full of intriguing details to entrance young children. An entertaining Christmas tale that children will love for its quirky humour.

Adventivity: A Countdown to Christmas with 25 Holiday Activities by Gina Carpenter

This is an advent calendar with a difference and one that will give children lots of engaging activities to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. The removabe cover reveals an Advent calendar with five extra special windows with pop-up surprises. There are 25 seasonal activities for you and 12 pages of coloured card sheets with press-out pieces. Activities include angel cookie-wraps, festive finger warmers, origami Santa, celebration cupcakes, handmade cards - a superb range of activities for all the family to enjoy, well thought out and a refreshing change from the norm.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas by Abie Longstaff

Kittie Lacey is a very special hairdresser and these lovely glittery glitzy books are prefect for all little girls. Once again, we are treated to a story loosely based on fairytales - this time, it's up to Kittie to save the day when the Christmas presents go missing - can she melt a certain Snow Queen's icy heart? This festive addition to the series features elegant elves, coiffured reindeer and a whole cast of Fairytale folk in their festive finery. Filled with fairytale fun and a glittery surprise, this witty classic celebrates Christmas in style and will be irresistible.

Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes' timeless characters never lose their charm and the old-fashioned (in the very best sense) feel of this book is the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Christmas. Join Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose as they enjoy all the fun leading up to Christmas - advent calendars, making cards and presents, singing carols and decorating the tree and writing to to Father Christmas, of course. Join in a happy family celebration and share the fun with the lovely detailed pictures.

Five Christmas Penguins by Steven Lenton

This lively counting book with its five cheeky penguins will be thoroughly enjoyed by young ones as they share in the excitement of the build up to Christmas. Five friendly penguins play in the snow, wrap parcels, decorate the tree, sing and have fun. Ideal for pre-schoolers, this colourful board book will make a lovely gift..

A Very Merry Christmas by Maudie Powell-Tuck

Mr and Mrs Mouse are having a party, but their guests have some unusual ideas about what makes Christmas perfect... But their guests arrive with the strangest things: dinosaur cakes, cactuses... It all goes to show that Christmas means different things to everyone and they all have a wonderful time. This chunky board book has a tactile squashy cover with glitter - perfectly seasonal.

My First Touch and Feel Book: Christmas from Little Tiger Press

Festive Christmas traditions come alive in this tactile book which combines a range of textures with seasonal photographs. There are exciting textures to explore on every page, to encourage hand-eye coordination. The catchy rhyming text encourages discussion and extends vocabulary - and its all great fun.

Christmas Crafts by Danielle Lowy

Children will love to prepare for Christmas with the selection of crafts included in this book - and friends and relatives love to receive hand created crafts. The projects use readily-available materials and cover a range of techniques, to appeal to boys and girls. Each project is graded with a difficulty rating of 1 to 5, so younger children have plenty to do and will progress through the book as the years go by. Neatly tucked into a pocket at the back (so they are there to be brought out year after year - are all the stencils and templates you will need, on good quality card for durability. There are plenty of tips on technique too, so skills will be developed. Step by step photos make the processes clear. There are plenty of unusual ideas in this super book, including a mitten gift tag and a snowball scarf.

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Peep Through Picture Book) by Britta Teckentrup

I love this book! It's just that bit different, with more and more cut outs on each page which gradually reveal a shiny festive surprise at the end. It's beautifully produced, on heavy paper with intricate cut outs and delicate pictures to enhance the well-known song, as children peep through to reveal each new gift. A very special version of an old favourite, a book to treasure and bring out year after year.

Christmas Sticker Activities by Emi Ordas

It's good to see a Christmas sticker and activity book especially designed for younger children - give this to them a few days before Christmas to build up their anticipation and give them an enjoyable way to sit down and unwind during all the activity. There are many pictures to colour as well as puzzles for a challenge. There are lots of super photographic stickers too, to use in the book and perhaps for other activities too - there are plenty! The activities will help children develop vital key skills including vocabulary, hand-eye coordination and creative skills.

One Special Christmas by M. Christina Butler

Santa has a cold and he needs some help. So Little Hedgehog sets out with a sledge full of presents, but he just can't manage without some help. Luckily, his friends are on hand and a very special surprise for children winds its way through the pages of the story. Soft textures adorn the pages and children will enjoy seeking these out in the bright illustrations. A lovely story that will become a family favourite.

Is it Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman

A familiar cry for parents of young children - when your young one can't wait, share with them this story of Ted who thought Christmas would never come. Ted tries to help Big Bear with the preparations but, despite his good intentions, things go a bit wrong... luckily, in this warm and endearing story about the two friends, all turns out well in the end.

When Granny Saved Christmas by Julia Hubery

Children will be spoilt for choice this Christmas with the super new books from Little Tiger Press, many of which are reviewed above. This is another delightful story, full of the message of Christmas. Bubble and Squeak are off to Granny's for Christmas but they worry that Santa won't know where they are, so they leave a map and send a letter. Then they find that Granny has no chimney - but she is very inventive so all is well in this charming and amusing story. The lovely pictures show love and warmth.

Belle & Boo and the Very Merry Christmas by Mandy Sutcliffe

Belle is a sweet little gilr and Boo is her pet rabbit. Join the pair as they decorate the tree, hang up stockings and bake delicious treats. Boo thinks the best thing about Christmas is the presents waiting for him under the tree. But, with a little help from his friend Belle, Boo soon learns the real message of Christmas. Gently and effectively told, this book captures the real spirit of Christmas away from the commercialisation. The nostalgic feel of the illustrations gives the book a very special charm. The book includes Belle & Boo Christmas decorations for children to press out and hang on their own tree.

I Love You, Father Christmas by Giles Andreae

"I love you, Father Christmas, In your big red suit, With your bright silver buckle And your black shiny boots." All the excitement of Christmas is brought to life in this combination of Giles Andreae's catchy and amusing rhyming text and Emma Dodd's warm and cosy illustrations - perfect to build up anticipation for the big day (as if you need to!).

Katie's London Christmas by James Mayhew

The wonderful James Mayhew brings us a celebration of London's iconic landmarks in the new adventure for Katie, which is a departure from her world of art but just as enjoyable. Father Christmas isn't very well so Jack and katie help him deliver the presents - but only after a magical journey over London and its Christmas sights. They deliver to lots of houses and to one VERY special one at the end. The foiled cover and magical illustrations of London in all her festive glory make this book the perfect Christmas gift.

Peek-A-Boo Santa (Charles Reasoner Peek-A-Boo Books) Charles Reasoner

A lovely die cut board book tells us that Santa is on his way, making stops at the homes of all good girls and boys! Die-cut windows reveal the glow of the moon and holiday touches abound throughout this tale of Santa's busiest night. A charming rhyme tells the story of Santa's big sack and his tasty snacks! Great stocking filler!

Peek-A-Boo Snowman (Charles Reasoner Peek-A-Boo Books) by Charles Reasoner

When Mr. Snowman disappears under a drift, his friends come to the rescue! A bit more of Snowman is revealed with each page. Die-cut peek-a-boo windows reveal woodland friends, and a charming rhyme makes this the perfect board book to cuddle up with after building a snowman of your own. The die-cut edges of the book are perfect for little fingers and children will be intrigued by the pictures shown by this.

Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Ladybird sound book (Ladybird Noisy Book) by Laura Wood

The much-loved Christmas poem in a perfect format for young readers - shiny strong board pages and five enticing sounds. Children's skills are encouraged by recognising the sound icon on each page then matching it to the sound button. Watch their faces as they hear the reindeer, hear Santa descend the chimney, listen to the star twinkle, hear Father Christmas and listen to the sleigh bells. The pictures are perfectly seasonal, with a cheery Father Christmas, a house bedecked for the festivities and, of course, plenty of snow. Guaranteed to become a seasonal favourite, revisited year after year.

Where's Wally? Santa Spectacular by Martin Handford

A super book for the family to share leading up to Christmas - and no squabbles over the book as the pages are perforated so everyone can have a share (or at this price, it's such good value everyone could have their own). There are 24 pages of wintry sticker-based activities and a plethora of seasonal stickers. Children will enjoy spot the differences, qiizzes, games, mazes, searches and much more as they complete the pages with the stickers. THere's a spot Wally, of course! The book is packed with new artwork from Martin Handford and there's a spread on the inside back cover featuring a fantastic “Create Your Own Where’s Wally?" scene.

The Nativity by May Eliot

Richard Johnson's gentle, thoughtful illustrations are perfect for depicting the Nativity story. The soft colours and well-depicted expressions on the faces convey the awe of the story. The text is simple, perfect as a first introduction for young children. An attractive book with shiny pages which make the most of the illustrations.

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps! by Nicholas Allan

Another gem from Nicholas Allan, who manages to be just rude enough to give plenty of fun without ever offending, partly because he is just so clever with words. The cover illustration will have children in fits of giggles before they even open the book - and the fun continues... Father Christmas has stuffed himself with sprouts and he's in danger of waking all the children with his ... but the elves manage to keep him quiet until, just when it's needed, he lets out a huge... Wonderful fun! .

Christmas by Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna's simple storytellin g and uncluttered pictures are ideal for a retelling of the Christmas story. This is a very special edition to celebrate 50 years since the first publication of the book - the cover is white embossed with gold, and there is a bookmark with an angel on it, together making this a book to treasure. Inside, we find the story told through the eyes of the shepherds. The perfect way to introduce children to the story of the nativity and a book which will be brought out year after year.

100 Christmas Things to Make and Do by Fiona Watt

An ideal book to keep children occupied in the lead up to Christmas, both at home and in the classroom. The bright colourful layout immediately makes you want to try the crafts and the step-by-step illustrations (almost!) guarantee perfect results. As ever with Usborne craft books there are many unusual ideas - how about painted tissue giftwrap, a handprint angel or frost fudge? My favourites are the printed reindeer! The activities are varied in scope and include cookery, decorations, wrapping, cards and much more. It's so much more fun for children to create things for themselves and this will really inspire them and provide hours of fun.

Santa's Workshop Sticker Book by Fiona Watt

Join Santa in his busy world and find out what he, his reindeer and his elves get up to in the weeks leading up to his busiest night. He and his elves work hard making presents, wrapping them up and storing them. And it's not all work - the elves have a party and time off too - and children can help complete the activities with over 300 stickers to fill the colourful pages. Each page tells the child just what needs to be done and the sticker pages are numbered to help get things just right. It's a novel look at Santa's world and children will love it.

Nativity Flap Book (Usborne Flap Books) by Sam Taplin

Share this chunky book with young children to make sure they know about the real message behind Christmas. As well as the flaps to explore, this colourful board book has holes to peep through which cleverly link the pages. The book gives an excellent opportunity to discuss Jesus' birth and what happened and the simple story is an ideal introduction.

The Snowman and The Snowdog (Book & CD) by Raymond Briggs

This sequel, which has all the charm of the original story, reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to an adorable new puppy-friend, the Snowdog. Stunning images from the film bring another magical Christmas story to life in this enchanting book. The story neatly links back to the original and, in the middle of winter, another little boy builds a snowman - and a snowdog who magically come to life...  an emotionally charged read which brings a tear of joy. This book is packaged with an audio CD featuring a narration read by Benedict Cumberbatch and the music from the beautiful score of the film.

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher

This chunky little book is an ideal stocking filler and I know children will be thrilled to find on Christmas morning. Danny wants everything for Christmas... but not a dinosaur, and especially not a very hungry dinosaur who eats up all of Christmas... and then recycles it in a very explosive way. There's poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast with its lovely rhyming text and bright seasonal pictures. .

Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes' timeless characters never lose their charm and the old-fashioned (in the very best sense) feel of this book is the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Christmas. Join Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose as they enjoy all the fun leading up to Christmas - advent calendars, making cards and presents, singing carols and decorating the tree and writing to to Father Christmas, of course. Join in a happy family celebration and share the fun with the lovely detailed pictures.

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps! by Nicholas Allan

Another gem from Nicholas Allan, who manages to be just rude enough to give plenty of fun without ever offending, partly because he is just so clever with words. The cover illustration will have children in fits of giggles before they even open the book - and the fun continues... Father Christmas has stuffed himself with sprouts and he's in danger of waking all the children with his ... but the elves manage to keep him quiet until, just when it's needed, he lets out a huge... Wonderful fun! .

Lollipop and Grandpa and the Christmas Baby by Penelope Harper

I love the Lollipop and Grandpa books and the way they depict the loving relationship between the two, and it is perfect to reflect what Christmas should be about. Lollipop wants a new bike for Christmas - what she definitely doesn't want is a baby. As always, Grandpa with his innate understanding of just what little girls want, comes to the rescue and, of course, everyone has a very special Christmas even if it doesn't go quite to plan. A lovely warm story, just right for the festive season.

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun by Betty G. Birney

Get children into the right mood for Christmas - if they need any encouragement - with this fun collection of Christmas-themed games and puzzles. Humphrey says "Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE being the classroom hamster in Room 26, Longfellow School. I've learned a lot about reading, writing, maths and making friends . . . and I've had amazing adventures in and out of my cage, too. But I also love solving puzzles and riddles in the tiny notebook I keep hidden in my cage. They're not always easy but if I wiggle my whiskers and scratch my furry head for a while, I usually can solve them. To keep you busy on your Christmas holidays, I'm sharing some of my favourites in this fun-filled book so you can find out if you're as smart as a hamster! (I'll bet you are.) Your puzzle-loving pal, Humphrey". This is a super book to keep children occupied - it encourages thinking skills and concentration and it's FUN!

Mr. Men The Christmas Tree (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations) by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Forgetful is not at all good at remembering things, so it is hardly surprising that this Christmas he has forgotten to buy a tree. So where will Father Christmas leave the presents?! And so begins a very funny and forgetful tale of Christmas trees, presents, snow and a plump, jolly man who might just be able to save the day... It's a charming story which hits just the right note (and which doesn't stray from the much-loved format of the Mr Men books). Just right for a stocking filler or ideal to occupy young ones in the build up to Christmas.

I Love You, Father Christmas by Giles Andreae

"I love you, Father Christmas, In your big red suit, With your bright silver buckle And your black shiny boots." All the excitement of Christmas is brought to life in this combination of Giles Andreae's catchy and amusing rhyming text and Emma Dodd's warm and cosy illustrations - perfect to build up anticipation for the big day (as if you need to!).
The Snowman's Journey

The Snowman's Journey by Birdie Black

The Snowman's Journey is based on the popular John Lewis Christmas 2012 television advert, The Snowman’s Journey - but the book will have a timeless appeal that will long outlive the ephemeral TV advert. One snowy night, just before Christmas, a snowman embarks on a long and dangerous journey to find the perfect gift for his snowgirl. The text flows along, drawing the reader into the lyrical beauty of the story and magical illustrations, mainly in shades of blue, creat a wonderful atmosphere for this touching story. The book features Nosy Crow's innovative idea - scan the QR code and hear a free audio reading of the book.

 

Christmas Window Art

This is a lovely way for children to prepare for Christmas and then enjoy their creation throughout the festive season. Christmas Window Art comes with six bottles of window colors and simple instructions for using them to make beautiful stick-on, peel-off window decorations. The pack includes ready-to-trace designs, including all the traditional favourites - Father Christmas, snowmen, angels, reindeer, toys, ornaments and snowflakes. An excellent way to occupy children and develop their creative skills, with a really worthwhile result that everyone will enjoy. The only problem might be getting children to take them down after the 12 Days! 

Merry Meerkat Madness (Awesome Animals) by Ian Whybrow

Meerkats have really captured everyone's affection and Ian Whybrow's series of meerkat books is just right for young fans of these appealing creatures. I love the way the book draws the reader in, through exploring the tunnels of the meerkats home - very enticing. Skeema, Mimi and Little Dream set off across the Kalahari on an adventure which shows them what Christmas is really all about.  Full of lively illustrations to engage the reader further. Awesome Animals is a super series for children who love animals - and that's most of them! - and the books make excellent bedtime stories.

 

Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan

A title guaranteed to capture children's attention! And they will thoroughly enjoy this hilarious Christmas counting book as Father Christmas helps himself to the tasty treats he finds as he delivers present after present. The problem is he really, really needs a wee.... what is he to do? This mini hardback comes with a soft toy Father Christmas who can be used as a decoration. The catchy ryhming text is a great way to learn to count and reads aloud beautifully. This is one of the funniest counting books I have read and will definitely come out year after year.

A Very Berry Christmas by David Fitzgerald

I was immediately attracted to this book by its delightful cover and the book more than lived up to that promise. When a heavy snowdrift cuts off Mr Hedges from the local village, he attempts to make a Christmas tree in the garden. But despite his best efforts, it doesn't turn out as he wanted. Sadly, he goes to bed - and awakes to a wonderful surprise created by all the birds he has cared for through the year. It's a thoughtful story, charmingly told and beautifully illustrated, which reminds us how much the birds need our help all year round.

The Christmas Activity Book from Buster Books

Buster Books bring us another bumper collection of activities, perfect for keeping young ones entertained in the run up to Christmas. It is packed with seasonal fun to keep children (and indeeed, the whole family) occupied for hours on end. There are puzzles to solve, quizzes to complete, games to play, decorations to make, tasty treats to bake and delightful doodles to do. There is plenty here to encourage the imagination - decorate the Ice Queen's dress, draw the Christmas parade and decide which presents the pets get, for example. There is plenty to help thinking and concentration too, to make sure those young minds keep active!

The Christmas Colouring Book from Buster Books

Capture the magic of Christmas with this seasonal colouring book. Full of all the familiar festive images and scenes, children will enjoy bringing to life the elves in Santa's grotto, completing bold baubles or adding colour to red-breasted robins nestling in trees. I think it would be a great idea to trace some of the designs to use them to create gift cards or Christmas cards. There's lots of detail here, with some really intricate outlines so there is plenty for all ages.

Puppy's First Christmas by Steve Smallman

A puppy and Christmas - a sure-fire recipe for a lovely picture book. Puppy is confused - there;s so much going on! But Cat reassures him and tells him there is lots of fun to come, and explains everything that will happen. This is a lovely book to share with a young child in the days leading up to Christmas, as all the exciting events unfold, and children will love to see them through the eyes of the cute puppy. Lovely drawings by Alison Edgson are embellished with soft-touch textures to attrcat children. A warm and cosy book, just right for the season.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman and the Snowdog ebook is based on the much-anticipated sequel to the classic Christmas film, The Snowman. This enchanting ebook reunites readers with the Snowman and introduces them to a new best friend, the Snowdog. It is illustrated with beautiful images from the film, bringing this magical story to life. The Snowman and the Snowdog will be shown on television on Channel Four for the very first time at Christmas 2012 to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the original Snowman animated film, based on Raymond Briggs's iconic children's picture book.

At Christmas 1982, Channel 4 broadcast The Snowman – an enchanting animated film that follows the adventures of a young boy and a truly remarkable Snowman, adapted from author and creator Raymond Briggs’ iconic children’s book The Snowman published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Children’s. December 2012 will see Lupus Films the team behind the Oscar nominated original film introduce The Snowman and The Snowdog – a brand new sequel to the classic that will premiere on Channel 4.  To celebrate, Puffin will be publishing an audio eBook based on the film read by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star of BBC’s Sherlock. The narration for the eBook has been crafted by both Puffin and Lupus Films. The ebook, which publishes on 29th December 2012 is available to pre-order on Apple, Nook and Kindle devices.  Publication Date: 29th December 2012, Price: £4.99, Age: 3 - 5 years

The Truth About Christmas by Philip Ardagh

A fascinating look at what lies behind all those Christmas traditions in an attractive gift format - a perfect stocking filler! Have you ever wondered hy the 25th December? Why holly and ivy? Why was a Christmas pudding round? Why is the robin depicted on cards? What is the origin of Boxing Day? THese and many other traditions are unravelled in this enjoyable peek at why Christmas is celebrated in the way it is. It would make a good topic for discussion over a Christmas meal!

Zoe and Beans: Zoe's Christmas List by Chloe and Mick Inkpen 

Zoe knows just what she wants for Christmas, but she needs to be quite sure Father Christmas does too. As a result, Zoe and Beans are off to the North Pole to deliver the list personally. But there are some unexpected adventures on the way - a baby polar bear to rescue and a snowstorm to get through. The softly coloured illustrations perfectly reflect the feel of the book, especially where we see Zoe and Beans trudging through the blizzard. Both Zoe and her dog Beans are enchanting characters, who really find their way into the reader's affections. A lovely story about friendship and what is really important. Enjoy the fold-out surprise!

Something for Christmas by Palmer Brown

Another charming book in the eminently collectable New York Times Review Children's Collection. A simple and touching story, which perfectly reflects the real spirit of Christmas.It is the story of a little mouse's search for a very special present for a very special person. Nothing seems just right until the little mouse realizes that the best present of all is already at hand. The traditional binding, cream coloured paper and delicate drawings give this book a lovely old-fashioned feel.

Christmas Castle (Secret Kingdom) by Rosie Banks

It's Christmas time in the Secret Kingdom,but not everybody is sharing the spirit of Christmas. Whilst Ellie, Jasmine and their friends llook forward. to a Christmas Eve sleepover and a Christmas Day visit from Santa Claus,  Queen Malice and her nasty Storm Sprites arrive to spoil their fun. Will the girls be able to break the queen's horrible spells and save Christmas? Two enchanting books in one. Secret Kingdom is a series for newly-confident girl readers, with all the things they love most in stories -  friendships, secrets and magical adventures. Find out more about the series at www.secretkingdombooks.com

Winter Wonderland Sticker Book (Usborne Activities) by Sheila Baggott

More than just a Christmas sticker book, this will take children through the whole winter and occupy some of theose long dark days indoors. With over 300 seasonal stickers to add to the wintery scenes, fill a frozen pond with skating woodland creatures, a magical ball with dancing mice, a scene at Santa's house with busy elves, a sleigh ride with polar bears and lots, lots more. Sticker books are a great way to encourage children's imagination, as they tell a story through adding stickers to a background. There may even be some left over to decorate some cards!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas illustrated by Violeta Dabija

This book stands out for the quality of the sound clips - the whole song is here, plus really good length and quality sounds for each of the days - it brings a whole new and refreshing dimension to an old favourite. The collage-style illustrations are absolutely charming and the shiny paper on which they are produced really enhances the quality. This is a book which will be brought out with joy year after year to add to the anticipation of the festive season

The Usborne Christmas Activity Book

A bumper book of activities, perfect for building up excitement for Christmas and for giving bisy mums and dads peace and quiet to get on with their preparations! It is packed full of colouring, stickers, doodling, puzzles, recipes, facts, jokes, games, and creative activities. The range of activities is huge and will suit children of all ages - so get one each for your children. I am amazed by just how much is crammed into this book - many pages have three or four activities, so it really is excellent value for money. It's a great way to encourage thinking skills too, as children enjoy the puzzles and challenges.

When I Dream of Christmas by Graham Oakley 

The third book in this wonderful series takes us on  ajourney through a winter wonderland - and the abiding message will be the one on the last page: "When I dream of Christmas, I dream about the baby Jesus wrapped up in a manger, who would grow up to be our saviour." Vibrantly illustrated, all the key elements of Christmas are here, with quirky humour to enjoy in both text and pictures. I found I was almost doing a double take as I read and then went back to re-read the marvellous text! Don't rush through it - make sure you fully appreciate all the elements that work so well together to create this wonderful celebration of Christmas. This book will appeal to adults just as much as children.

Fuzzy Fuzzy Christmas (Full Cover)Christmas (A Soft Felt Play Book) from Top That!

Children will enjoy reading the simple story all about the build up to Christmas - and their excitement will grow too! On the oppostite page to the story pages is a soft felt scene - a snow scene, a town scene, a Christmas tree and a warm and welcoming house. Stored in a neat pack at the top of the book are lots of felt peices to make colourful scenes - over and over again. Great fun for children.

 

Short Christmas Stories by Maggie Pearson

Over forty very short stories brought together in one book. None of the stories are more than two pages long, but each of them is special and thought-provoking. Drawn from a range of sources, including stories from around the world about Christmas gift-givers, Christmas legends and Christmas traditions, as well as folk tales, narrative jokes, true Christmas stories, and original stories too Perfect classroom reads or as the basis for assemblies, and an excellent way to introcude children to celebrations and legends world-wide..

Lost Christmas by David Logan

Goose's life changes totally when his parents are killed. His friend Frank involves him in a life of petty crime. A year after the accident that killed his parents, Goose's dog Mutt goes missing and he has to turn to the mysterious Anthony for help. A gripping and heartwarming story takes the reader across Manchester on a journey through love, loss and the quest for home and belonging. The characters are realistically portrayed and the reader shares their sense of loss and sorrow. The TV film of the book  shown in December 2011, so now's your chance to read this compelling and memorable book!

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A beautiful version of the Christmas favourite which is unabridged so the whole feel of the story is kept. The essence of the character of miserable Ebenezer Scrooge in captured through Quentin Blake's lively illustrations - his style fits the feel of Dickens' story perfectly. Watch the transformation in Scrooge as the story progresses - the true spirit of Christmas is shown as Scrooge's character is transformed. An interesting foreword and biographical information about Dickens complete the book, which is a perfect Christmas gift.

Grandpa In My Pocket DVD

Christmas Special double DVD about the adventures of Grandpa and his Grandson Jason. Grandpa puts on his cap, which only Jason knows about, and shrinks and off he goes creating comic chaos. Great value double DVD - ideal to keep the children entertained while you do that last-minute Christmas preparation. Six fun stories on each DVD - Grandpa means well but sometimes he causes unexpected (but fun) situations and Jason has to help him out.

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray

A stunning version of the old favourite. Jane Ray's vibrant illustrations feature a whole host of people and creatures all depicted in her special style. I love the variety of expressions on the faces of the 11 pipers - and the lords a-leaping are hilarious! The detail is fabulous - really festive and decorative and the book brings Christmas to life wonderfully. It should become a family favourite, to be brought out and enjoyed year after year. Imaginative and unusual - a lovely version.

Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear 

A charming Christmas story, but also one which carries an important message to help children appreciate the true spirit of Christmas. Little Mouse is looking forward to opening the presents under the tree - just look at how many he has got and the lengths he goes to to protect them! And poor Big Hungry Bear never gets ANY presents. So little Mouse decides to do a very brave thing....... The text is kept to a minimum to allow the gorgeous illustrations to do most of the talking. A satisfying book, which is beautifully produced and will be a perennial favourite. Buy your copy here.

Countdown to Christmas (Roly Poly Box Book) by Kees Moerbeek

 ThisRoly Poly Box book is really unusual. It gradually unfurls to show a whole range of tactile and visual surprises pop-up surprises. Carefully engineered and full of bright colours, children will find it really exciting. It would make a lovely wall decoration once children have finished looking at all the fascinating detail - and there are lots of opportunities for discussion too. Treat it gently and it will bring joy year after year. There's a very special surprise hidden right at the end - I wonder who it can be.........
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The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

The first thing that caught my eye in this book was the vividness of the illustrations which lead the reader into a completely different version of the well-known favourite. Joy just knew that Christmas would be no fun this year - not with baby Sam to spoil everything. All Joy's excited preparations seem doomed to failure as somehow, however much she tries to involve him, Sam breaks everything. But the tables are turned on Christmas morning................ A perfect (and very funny)story for all families with a new brother or sister on the scene.

Sam's Sack from Santa by Neil Griffiths

A lovely story that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. Sam lies awake, hoping to see Santa. He thinks he hears him, and creeps out to find a sack of presents on the lawn. It's just what he wanted - but, oh dear, that's not his name on the label. Sam is very tempted but, in the true spirit of Christmas, he makes a decision - and is justly rewarded! A totally believable story with a character who springs to life as we share his thinking. Colourful illustrations give the book a really Christmassy feel. A perfect bedtime story for Christmas Eve and a lovely way to remind children to think about others at this time of year. Comes with a CD to enhance the story - sound effects, activities and a quiz.

A Stork in a Baobab Tree by Catherine House and Polly Alakija

An African Twelve Days of Christmas, this is a lovely look at a celebration in another country. It really brings to life the traditions of an African village as we join the villagers in preparing for a birth. There is lots of information alongside the listing of the 12 gifts -  1 stork in a baobab tree, 2 thatched huts, 3 woven baskets, 4 market traders, 5 bright khangas, 6 women pounding, 7 children playing, 8 wooden carvings, 9 grazing goats, 10 drummers drumming, 11 dancers dancing and 12 storytellers. Each represents a different country.This really helps us understand and share in the celebration. A perfect classroom resource, lots of activities could be based around the book and its delightful illustrations.

12 Days of Christmas Fold Out Floor Book by Roger Priddy

Children will love to learn all about the 12 Days of Christmas with this exciting illustrated fold-out floor book. With sparkling foil throughout, the long, concertina page folds out to reveal all the gifts from the 12 days of Christmas. The lyrics to the song are included in full so that adults can share the magic of this Christmas song with their little ones.  

Pocket Money Christmas by Clare Beaton 

Christmas can be an expensive time of year, so it's great to see a book which encourages children to use their creativity to make presents and decorations - this is what Christmas should be all about ! Starting off with useful advice on things to use - most of which can be collected from around the house, the book gives clear and simple instructions along with plenty of pictures to show the stages and the finished product. Colourful decorations, festive food, party hats - full of ideas to make the lead up to Christmas even more exciting - and to keep young ones busy!

Zoe and Beans: Zoe's Christmas List by Chloe and Mick Inkpen 

Zoe knows just what she wants for Christmas, but she needs to be quite sure Father Christmas does too. As a result, Zoe and Beans are off to the North Pole to deliver the list personally. But there are some unexpected adventures on the way - a baby polar bear to rescue and a snowstorm to get through. Both Zoe and her dog Beans are enchanting characters, who really find their way into the reader's affections. A lovely story about friendship and what is really important. Enjoy the fold-out surprise!

Nativity Sticker Book by Jane Chisholm

Some of the world's greatest works of art relate to the Christmas story, so here is a wonderful way for children to become familiar with them. The book takes the form of the story of the Nativity, so pictures of the Annunciation accompany the angel's appearance to Mary and so on. This gives real meaning to the art and is a whole new way of looking at a familiar story as children put the detailed stickers of the paintings into the frames provided. Children are helped by the descriptions of what is taking place in each painting. As well  as this, there is a kind of back-to-front Advent calendar, where children can place stickers of famous paintings for each day. An innovative and exciting way for children to learn to appreciate and understand great art.

My First Christmas Activity Book by Sam Taplin

A substantial activity book, illustrated throughout in full colour, on good quality thick paper and including a plethora of brightly coloured stickers. Perfect for little ones to enjoy whilst developing key skills such as coordination and pencil control, there are doodles, colouring, drawing and dot-to-dots as well as the 250+ stickers. Great fun to generate excitement leading up to Christmas.

20 Pop Up Christmas Cards to Colour by Candice Whatmore

This is an exceptional set of cards from Usborne Books. 20 cards and 10 different designs, so ideal for siblings to share with no squabbling! The front of each card is partly coloured with some colouring in to be done. Open up the card and find a pop up surprise with lots more opportunity for colouring. These cards give children the opportunity to produce cards of which they can be really proud. Attractive star decorated envelopes complete the pack.

My Carry-Along Christmas by Jocelyn Miller 

An integral carry handle makes this the perfect book for children to carry around during the exciting days leading up to Christmas. Packed with activities - dozens of colourful stickers, puzzles, craft activities (the tube people will make a lovely Christmas scene), cards to make, cookery and games. A super way for children to get into the festive spirit with some unusual ideas and plenty of inspiration for home-made Christmas goodies.

The Animals' Christmas by Elena Pasquali 

The traditional Christmkas story is interwoven with the Old Testament prophecy foretelling the time when all the animals would be at peace as depicted by the lion and the lamb lying down together. As the familiar story is told, animals are introduced to the story and at the end we are told that Jesus will usher in a world where man and animals will live in harmony. The softly-coloured pictures are packed with a wealth of detail which brings the characters and the story alive.

30 Things to Cook and Eat for Christmas by Rebecca Gilpin 

You can always trust an Usborne book to be well thought out and beautifully presented and this title is no exception. The lie-flat spiral binding makes this easy to use in the kitchen and the card pages make this book really durable. It is packed with great ideas for kids to enjoy in the kitchen. Although adult supervision is always needed in the kitchen, there are plenty of no-cook ideas for childrenb to get on with. The recipes are clearly presented, with step by step illustrations and pictures of the finished product. All the recipes are presented in a lovely festive way and there are some great ideas here for home-made presents. Do buy a copy of this book and encourage your children to have fun in the kitchen.

Illustrated Stories for Christmas

This is another in Usborne's series of illustrated stories and is a real Christmas treat! Share in the magic of Christmas with familiar tales such as 'Twas the Night before Christmas and A Christmas Carol. Then revel in some less familiar stories such as Santa's Day Off and Snowy and Icy. The mix of stories make this a book which will appeal to everyone and children will want to revisit it year after year as part of their seasonal fun. Each story is illustrated in a different way which perfectly reflects the story and the abundant pictures really bring the stories to life. I love this series of chunky well-presented books, ideal for sharing and for individual reading. A really well thought-out selection.

Mrs Scrooge by Carol Ann Duffy

 This charming little hardback book, like the one below, will make a perfect stocking filler, ideal to get the children into the true spirit of Christmas. Just like her dead husband, Ebenezer, Mrs Scrooge keeps to her frugal ways and resents any unnecessary expenditure. Christmas Eve finds her outside the supermarket, on the coldest day of the year, campaigning against consumerism. Later that night, as she sleeps, she is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past........... As she revisits scenes of her life, she comes to learn what is the real meaning of the Christmas spirit and the importance of family and friends. A delightful story to reinforce the true meaning of Christmas and one that is guaranteed to make you stop and think.

 Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy

This is one of those books that you, and your children, will return to time and time again. I can see it becoming an enduring Christmas habit - one of those things which makes Christmas magical for everyone as old favourites are revisited. Carol Ann Duffy has rewritten the classic Victorian poem in beautiful language for today's children - I love the phrase 'A stray cat had embroidered each roof with his paws', anbd this is just typical of the wonderful use of words. The book is gently illustrated in black and white drawings which reflect the story. A child is determined to find the answer to the question - is Santa real? So she creeps down the stairs, and this lovely story begins......

Elmer and Papa Red by David McKee

This is absolutely the ideal Christmas story. It perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas - the importance of giving. Join Elmer as he takes the baby elephants to get the Christmas tree, and revel with them as they see snow for the first time. 'Elmer chose a tree that would be easy to put back later' and the young elephants carry it home and enjoy decorating it. Share their excitement as they prepare to see Papa Red for the first time.............. Beautifully written, the story flows through and is developed through the illustrations. A truly wonderful story which will be a great favourite with Elmer fans old and new.

The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes

This beautifully evocative story takes us back to 1930s  Liverpool  -a very different world to that of today's children. Bronwen and Dylan's father was killed in a mining accident and the family moved to Liverpool, where Mam scrapes a living by taking in washing. The story really draws you into the life of the family and the hardship of the times. Just before Christmas, the children are alone in the house and hear  a scary "Plonk.....Plonk......Plonk" coming from the washhouse. Whatever can it be? They run out and Mrs O'Riley, who they had been told not to talk to, reassures them. Shirley Hughes' illustrations capture the period wonderfully and show us what life was like then - but the enduring message is just as valid now as it was then.

Paper angels by Emma Calder

Which angel should go on the top of the tree? This is a really delightful book for Christmas. It tells the Christmas message in a slightly different way and shows how everyone can help each other by working together. By enjoying time together it enables the family to all have a great Christmas and demonstrate their love for each other.
At the end of the book the children have the opportunity to work together making decorations and to enjoy their Christmas as a family and have fun! There are six delightful decorations which would look pretty on anyone’s tree.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any adult to read to children and use it to help reinforce the Christmas message.

 

 

The Usborne Big Book of Christmas

This book really has it all! Recipes, decorations, Christmas cards...enough to keep the family busy for many Christmases to come! The spiral binding means this book is easy to use and will last for years. There are over 1000 stickers too, making this book fantastic value. Each idea is described step-by-step meaning children can easily use the book on their own to produce surprises for all the family - plenty of gift ideas such as bookmarks and cookery ideas. Make your own cards, decorations, wrapping paper......the ideas seem endless. Great for teachers to use in the classroom too, with some really unusual but simple ideas such as the printed reindeer. Well worth buying.

Christmas - a very peculiar history by Fiona Macdonald 

This book is great fun! It is one in The Book House's series of Very Peculiar Histories, which is a very collectable series. Perfect to dip in and out of and an ideal stocking filler. Find out where many of our Christmas customs originated as you follow Santa through his exploration of the history of Christmas.  Why do we have a Yule Log? Why is Christmas celebrated on 25th December? Why do we give presents? Just a few of the questiuons answered in this enchanting little book. There are some yummy recipes too - Orange Yule Log anyone? Extend your Christmas as you find out what to do on each of the 12 Days! Plenty of ideas to talk about with your family and friends.

The Lion Storyteller Christmas Book

This is a wonderful collection of  Christmas stories from around the world which every home and school should have to conjure up the true spirit of Christmas. It shows how important Christmas is everywhere. Like many Lion Children's Books, it has a strong Christian focus and starts off with a comprehensive collection of stories from the Bible. These are followed by stories about Christmas traditions, tales and legends from around the world. There are, of course, many familiar tales but plenty of lesser-known ones too, meaning you are almost certain to find some new stories. This book would be brilliant in schools, to introduce the children to Christmas tales from other lands. The stories are beautifully and vividly retold and are just perfect for reading aloud. The illustrations reflect the stories wonderfully and are ideal for sharing. And the final touch is brilliant - an idea for each story about how to share it and involve everyone - inspired! A lovely book.

Parlour Games for Modern Families by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras

This is a super book for family and friends to share and enjoy time together without resorting to electronic games. Absolutely packed full of games old and new, as the cover says 'Perfect games for 4-104'. Ideal for cold winter days but also ideas that can be used when travelling or out and about. Only the very simplest of equipment is needed, meaning you can pick this book up and know you can use it without problems. The book is written by two young  mums so you can be sure all the games are tried and tested. Games to challenge, games to extend your knowledge, test your reasoning skills, short games and long games and games packed with laughter - it's all here. Buy this book and you will have hours of fun!

 

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