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Great Christmas gifts: Picture books

Mr Tweed's Good Deeds

Looking for the perfect gifts this Christmas? Check out our list of great picture books that children will love finding under the tree or in their Christmas stocking this year.

For inclusive titles, take a look at The Five of Us, Off to the Park, Over the Hills and Far Away, or Made by Raffi.

For parents who are unconfident readers, Freddy and the Pig, Itch Scritch Scratch, Wolfman and All I Said Was are picture books that will support your reading with your child.

For beautiful books, have a look at Have You Seen My Dragon?, Mr Tweed's Good Deeds, and The Memory of an Elephant.

And have a look to see what else is there!

  • Shh! We Have a Plan

    Chris Haughton
    Walker Books

    Deep in the dark of a moonlit forest, four shady hunters are out to catch themselves a bird. Or at least they’re trying...

  • Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

    Mini Grey
    Jonathan Cape

    Hermelin the Detective Mouse lives in the attic at the top of Number 33 Offley Street. From here, with the help of his trusty typewriter and binoculars, he solves all kinds of mysteries

  • The Yes

    Sarah Bee Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
    Anderson Press

    Stunning illustrations complement this quirky story to encourage reluctant adventurers to overcome their anxieties and grasp life with both hands.

  • Off to the Park!

    Stephen Cheetham
    Child's Play

    We're off to the park - what will we find? Which way shall we go? The swings or the slide? Take a look inside!

  • Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth

    Paula Bowles

    This rhyming picture book tells an entertaining and engaging story with funny twists, which is great to read out loud.

  • All I Said Was

    Michael Morpurgo Illustrated by Ross Collins
    Red Squirrel Books

    One of an innovative series of dyslexia-friendly picture books which feature accessible fonts, strong contrast, good spacing and uncluttered layout to ensure accessibility for all, including parents with reading difficulties.

  • Have You Seen My Dragon?

    Steve Light
    Walker Books

    A counting book that is a cut above the rest in terms of its beautiful design and style. New Yorker Steve Light brings all the shapes and sights of the city to these stunning spreads.

  • Dinosaur Rhyme Time

    Valentina Mendicino
    Faber & Faber

    All your favourite nursery rhymes... but all the characters in this version are dinosaurs!

  • Mr Tweed's Good Deeds

    Jim Stoten
    Flying Eye Books

    Children will love playing along and discerning adults cannot fail to be impressed by Flying Eye's beautiful production. Mr Tweed's Good Deeds is very good indeed.

  • Made By Raffi

    Craig Pomranz Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A delightful and gently revolutionary picture book that challenges our absurd notions about what constitutes 'normal' or 'appropriate'.

  • The Colour Thief

    Gabriel Alborozo

    Zot lives in a grey world. Everyone around him is sad because there are no beautiful blues or happy yellows...

  • The Five of Us

    Quentin Blake
    Tate Publishing

    This book is testament to Blake's belief that all children need to be able find themselves in books.

  • This Book Just Ate My Dog!

    Richard Byrne

    Bella decides to take her dog for a walk but as she crosses from one page to the next her dog disappears between the pages!  Many people come to investigate including Bella's friend Ben, a dog rescue van and the police. Eventually the reader is asked to help by shaking the book until all of the characters reappear. 

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  • Bears Don't Read

    Emma Chichester Clark
    Harper Collins

    Bears Don't Read  is a wonderfully engaging picture book about the joy of reading and how much fun it can be to help others.

  • How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

    Wendy Meddour Illustrated  by Rebecca Ashdown
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This is how every fairy tale should be written, with the protagonist - regardless of gender - saving themselves from a life of solitude and boredom. A great read.

  • Over the Hills and Far Away

    Elizabeth Hammill (collected by)
    Frances Lincoln

    With rhymes from African, Native American, First Nation, Inuit, Latino and Maori cultures set alongside more well-known ones from the United Kingdom, this is truly a treasure trove of nursery rhymes that belongs on every bookshelf.

  • Freddy and the Pig

    Charlie Higson, Illustrated by Mark Chambers
    Red Squirrel Books

    Freddy hates school and thinks that it is boring, but he comes up with clever plan. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • Itch Scritch Scratch

    Eleanor Updale Illustrated by Sarah Horne
    Red Squirrel Books

    Head lice are the focus of this fun and engaging picture book. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • Wolfman

    Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Mould
    Red Squirrel Books

    Wolf Man has escaped from his cage and is wrecking the town. All of the people in the town are scared and are rushing to hide indoors. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • It's Snow Day

    Richard Curtis Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

    This must-read winter picture book is crammed with fabulously joyful and expressive illustrations and will be loved by young and old alike.

  • The Memory of an Elephant

    Sophie Strady Illustrated by Jean-Francois Martin
    Chronicle Books

    The Memory of an Elephant is one of the most unusual picture books of the year. Marcel's marvellous book will be a real conversation piece.