Inclusive Christmas books

The Naughtiest Unicorn at Christmas

Everyone deserves to be included in the festive fun at winter. Here are some Christmassy books that reflect the wonderful diversity of our society. We think they’re real crackers!  

  • The Accidental Father Christmas

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Father Christmas can’t remember who he is … and it’s all Ben’s fault! Ben must help him deliver the presents in time, or Christmas will be cancelled.

  • The Naughtiest Unicorn at Christmas

    Author: Pip Bird Illustrator: David O’Connell
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Join in the festive fun at Unicorn School with Mira and Dave – the naughtiest unicorn!

  • A Family Christmas

    Author: Alana Washington Illustrator: Emily Nash
    Publisher: Uclan Publishing
    Interest age: 4-5

    Join a loving family as they share their Christmas Day traditions. Inclusive and tender, this is a warm hug of a book.

  • The Very Merry Murder Club

    Author: Various authors Editor: Serena Patel and Robin Stevens Illustrator: Harry Woodgate
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Featuring stories by Elle McNicoll, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Patrice Lawrence, Roopa Farooki, Serena Patel and Sharna Jackson, this is a festive treat of a book for all young mystery lovers: perfect with a cup of hot chocolate and a cosy chair.

  • The Christmas Department Store

    Author: Maudie Powell-Tuck Illustrator: Hoang Giang
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Not all families can afford a picture-perfect Christmas and some children may feel sad and left out from the celebrations. This heart-warming book shows littles ones that you don't have to have a lot of money or presents to have a special time at Christmas.

  • A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African Twelve Days of Christmas

    Author: Catherine House Illustrator: Polly Alakija
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    This Christmas tale explores African village life during the festive season. It would be particularly useful in schools, discussing how different people celebrate religious festivals.

  • Nikhil and Jay: Off to India

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Soofiya
    Publisher: Otter-Barry
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    This delightful first chapter book is illustrated in black and white on every page and is a great way for newly independent readers to experience Christmas in India in the company of two excited young boys.  

  • Where Björn Belongs

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Mirna Imamović
    Publisher: Owlet Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    Arthur finds a real polar bear in his garden – but can he keep it? A heart-warming Christmas story.

  • The Grumpus and his Dastardly, Dreadful Christmas Plan

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    The Grumpus hates Christmas. Will he be able to stop it? A beautifully illustrated, heart-warming festive delight.

  • The Night the Reindeer Saved Christmas

    Author: Raj Kaur Khaira Illustrator: Kasia Nowowiejska
    Publisher: Studio Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    It's Christmas Eve and Santa is getting ready to deliver all the presents - but disaster strikes and his sleigh won't fly! Will he find the perfect helper to save Christmas?

  • Santa’s Christmas Countdown

    Author: Kathryn Jewitt Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Townhouse Publishing Ltd
    Interest age: 2-3

    Santa’s lost his to-do list! Will he remember everything before Christmas? A fun touch-and-feel book starring a Black Santa.

  • Leah’s Star

    Author: Margaret Bateson-Hill Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 5+

    This delightful version of the ancient Nativity tale is told through the eyes of the young girl Leah, the inn-keeper's daughter in Bethlehem. Her story tells a touching and human tale of two first-time parents about to experience the birth of their child together.

  • Jingle Spells

    Author: James Brown
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 4-5

    Can Trixie the witch save Christmas? A cracker of a festive book.

  • Pugicorn and the Christmas Wish

    Author: Matilda Rose Illustrator: Tim Budgen
    Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
    Interest age: 4-5

    A festive picture book starring the brave, determined Pugicorn and his owner, Princess Ava.

  • The Christmas Carrolls

    Author: Mel Taylor-Bessent Illustrator: Selom Sunu
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Holly and her family adore Christmas – but when they move house, they discover that not everyone is quite as obsessed. Can they find a way to spread the cheer? A fantastically festive treat!

  • The Christmasaurus (Picture Book)

    Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 4-5

    A festive picture book starring the brave, determined Christmasaurus and a friendly little boy.