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Christmas picture books to treasure

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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

    Madeleine Cook Illustrated by Samara Hardy

    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

    Peter Bently, illustrated by Anna Chernyshova

    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

    Olaf Falafel

    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

    Rachel Bright

    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

    Hannah Tolson & Ivy Snow

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

  • The Stink Before Christmas

    Sam & Mark, illustrated by Tom Knight

    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

    Lou Peacock, illustrated by Helen Stephens
    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

    Tony Ross
    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

    David Melling

    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

    Suzy Lee
    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

    Original story by Charles Dickens, retold by Sarah Powell, illustrated by Louise Pigott With an introduction by Cindy Sughrue, Charles Dickens Museum, London
    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

    Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
    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.