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Christmas picture books to treasure

The Turkey That Voted for Christmas

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

Whether you want to introduce your children to a classic Christmas fable, gaze at a beautiful story about winter magic, 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.

  • Santa’s Wonderful Workshop

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Oxford

    Father Christmas is planning for another year but is beset by continual problems. He brings in some additional penguin workers, but they're rather rowdy and things keep going wrong. Like all Dolan's picture books, this is utterly joyful and endlessly original. 

  • Pick a Pine Tree

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Putting up a tree is such an exciting part of Christmas for many little ones, so it’s lovely to see it featured as a whole story in itself here. A beautiful and nostalgic-feeling book that's a wonderful one to share.

  • Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Pip and Posy are putting up the Christmas tree. Mysteriously, when Posy goes to get some candy, she returns to find that one of the biscuits has gone. What happened? And why does Pip suddenly feel sick? A lovely picture book with a gentle moral. 

  • A Very Corgi Christmas

    Author: Sam Hay Illustrator: Loretta Schauer
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    It’s Christmas Eve, and Buckingham Palace is a flurry of activity. Delightful dogs and Christmas adventure (with a gentle nod to the latest royal couple, for their young fans) combine in a charming rhyming picture book for the festive season.

  • The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Tiny Neal
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Frog turns up at Bear’s door, looking for a Christmas Extravaganza he’s seen advertised. A lovely tale about friendship, kindness, and valuing the wonderful parts of the festive season that aren’t directly about consumerism.

  • Emily Brown and Father Christmas

    Author: Cressida Cowell Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Father Christmas is on a mission to be modern this year. But are the old ways sometimes best? The unshakeable Emily Brown is just the girl to sort Santa out and save everyone's Christmas. Fabulously fun and festive!

  • Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny

    Author: Fred Blunt
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Fred Blunt’s anarchic, hilarious story delights with a fat, complacent Santa and an exhausted, desperate Bunny whose bad deed manages to come right in the end. A delightful mash-up (or meltdown) of festive characters, full of genuine laughs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.