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Christmas picture books to treasure

The Stink Before Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to settle down with your family for a story - and these lovely new picture books are sure to do the trick.

Whether you want to introduce your children to a classic Christmas fable, gaze at a beautiful wordless story about skating, join some of your favourite characters for a festive special, or just have a good giggle about the side effects of too many sprouts, you're sure to find a tale to treasure here.

  • The Turkey That Voted for Christmas

    Author: Madeleine Cook Illustrator: Samara Hardy
    Publisher: Oxford

    Timmy the turkey sees things differently to the rest of his fellow birds - but can he persuade them to join his pro-Christmas campaign? A charming picture book about listening to different points of view.

  • Santa Selfie

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Anna Chernyshova
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Father Christmas wants a little me time so heads off for a holiday... but it's not long before everyone recognises him and wants a selfie! An original take on a Christmas picture book.

  • Father Christmas Heard A Parp

    Author: Olaf Falafel
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Silly holiday fun as Father Christmas hears a parp... but who is responsible? A toy? An elf? Or someone who has had a few too many sprouts?

  • All I Want For Christmas

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Orchard

    A welcome addition to Rachel Bright's hug-a-licious series - and a timely reminder that the festive season is about more than just receiving presents.

  • A Christmas Advent Story

    Author: Hannah Tolson & Ivy Snow
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A gentle introduction to Christmas themes for little ones, with flaps to turn and new words to learn.

  • The Stink Before Christmas

    Author: Sam & Mark Illustrator: Tom Knight
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When one of Santa's huge parps dislodges the presents from his sleigh, will he be able to get them back? A fun book - but one strictly for households where trumps, pumps and stinks are required entertainment.

  • Oliver Elephant

    Author: Lou Peacock Illustrator: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When Noah loses his favourite toy Oliver Elephant on a Christmas shopping trip, will he ever be able to find him again? A heart-warming story of everyday life that will be loved by fans of Shirley Hughes and Judith Kerr.

  • Little Princess: I Want Snow

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When the Queen sends a postcard from the South Pole, the Little Princess decides that she wants snow RIGHT NOW - but it's the middle of summer. A funny, charming addition to the Little Princess series.

  • Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder

    A new Christmas edition of the popular bear hug series that is full of wintry fun - and even features ideas for things to try yourself this winter.

  • Lines

    Author: Suzy Lee
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    A winter-themed wordless picture book about a skating girl that is both deceptively simple and completely delightful.

  • Search & Find: A Christmas Carol

    Author: Original story by Charles Dickens retold by Sarah Powell with an introduction by Cindy Sughrue Charles Dickens Museum London Illustrator: Louise Pigott
    Publisher: Studio Press

    This search and find book takes children through the different stages of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story with lots of things to look for; a lovely activity for Christmas Day, whether you're young or old.

  • Last Stop on the Reindeer Express

    Author: Maudie Powell-Tuck Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Mia is transported into the Reindeer Express, a magical sorting office, as she tries to get her Christmas card to Daddy in time. A sweet and heartfelt story about Christmas for a child whose parents are separated.