• Natasha Hart

11 Christmas Picture Books for Young Children

Christmas is a magical time for children. There’s excitement in the air and glitter everywhere! Their imaginations are running wild, and you’re probably thinking up new fun ways to keep them entertained.

With this in mind, what better way to share in the enjoyment on the run-up to the big day than by reading a new Christmas picture book at bedtime? Why not create a Christmas picture book advent calendar, where you read a different picture book every evening leading up to Christmas?

Snuggle down and get all cosy and marvel at all the amazingly festive illustrations, and wonderous magical stories.

We’ve picked our favourites below, yet there’re so many more over on our bookshop.org page, under our Christmassy Picture Books list for you to check out.

Explore the world of Christmas picture books this year, and turn any grinch into a Christmas elf.

1. One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

Who doesn’t love a Percy the Park Keeper story? Join Percy and all his best animal friends for this festive Christmas tale.

2. The Nutcracker by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Olga Demidova

This is a picture book like no other. With fantastic illustrations by Olga Demidova, watch as your little ones will delight in pressing the pages to hear special songs from Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker ballet.

3. That’s not my polar bear … by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells

This is the perfect, wintery board book for your tiny ones. With textured patches for the polar bear’s soft ears and more, this book is not only a lovely tale for the festive period, but also develops language and sensory awareness. There’re also so many books in this series that if your child particularly enjoys them, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Titles such as ‘That’s not my reindeer…’ or ‘That’s not my robin…’ are especially Christmassy.

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

If you’ve got a fan of the Tim Burton film to buy for, then this book would make the perfect gift (young and old alike). This is a beautifully illustrated commemorative edition of the popular tale of Jack and his Halloweentown.

5. The Snowflake by Benji Davies

An enchanting and timeless tale, The Snowflake is everything and more that you could ever want from a Christmas picture book. It’s the story of one snowflake and one little girl, both looking for their own special place in the world. The story is exquisite. The illustrations bring it to life. This is definitely one for the Christmas picture bookshelf.

6. Where Snow Angels Go by Maggie O’Farrell, illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

From the best-selling author Maggie O’Farrell comes a modern classic Christmas fairy tale that your kids are sure to treasure for years to come. One night, Sylvie wakes from her slumber to discover an angel in her room. But not just any angel, no, it’s a snow angel. He tells her he is here to look after her, as unknown to her she is ill. When she recovers, she wants to try and meet the snow angel again, as he saved her life. It’s a story of second chances, of guardians, and of the magic of winter.

7. The Night After Christmas by Kes Gray, illustrated by Claire Powell

Have you ever wondered what Santa gets up to, once all the presents have been delivered? Join him in celebrating Boxing Day – also known as Santa’s Christmas. Enjoy the festive fun of seeing what Santa really gets up to once he’s finished delivering all your presents.

8. Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

From the creator of Dear Zoo comes this fantastic Christmas board book. Perfect for toddlers, they’ll love the tactile nature of the book, lifting the flaps to find out what Santa’s brought them this year. It’s the perfect book for tiny hands.

9. Pugicorn and the Christmas Wish by Matilda Rose and illustrated by Tim Budgen

This is a festive tale of friendship, bravery, and Christmas magic. Princess Ava wants nothing more than to play with her pet pug in the snow at Christmas. But as Christmas Day draws nearer, not a single snowflake that falls from the sky. Can Pugicorn make Ava’s wishes come true?

10. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr

What picture book list would be complete without a mention of Mog? You’re invited to spend Christmas with Mog and her family, and you’ll laugh along with all the funny festive things Mog gets up to.

11. The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and illustrated by Kate Hindley

Who could resist picking up this book after looking at these marvellous illustrations? I would never have said a Yak was festive before, but Hindley has worked her magic once again! This book is full of adorable illustrations of Gertie the Yak and her friends. Gertie’s the littlest Yak in her herd, and all she wants to do is be like the others. However, there are quite a few things only Gertie can do, because of her small size. It’s a tale about how you’re perfect, just the way you are. It’s a rhyming joy of a winter story.

What did you think of our list? We’ve loved putting this together – there’s just something so magical and special about a Christmas picture book. We hope you enjoyed, and would love to hear what your festive favourites are? Let us know over on our Facebook page!

Remember, you can order any of the books above from The Book Nook, or by clicking on any of the books above. And don't forget you can also email us, too, at info@booknookshop.co.uk or call us on 01920 467 597 to place an order.

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