The best Christmas books


    Emma O’Donovan shares her pick of festive reads


    Age 2-4: Sproutzilla Vs Christmas by Tom Jamieson and Mike Byrne
    Sproutzilla is mean, green and on a mission to destroy Christmas. Embarking on a rampage, there’s only one way to stop him – someone has to eat him! £5.49, Macmillan Children’s Books

    Age 2-4: Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
    A feel-good family tale exploring the ups and downs of penguin life. Hilarious and filled with super-stylish illustrations, it’s sure to tickle your funny bone. £11.99, Walker Books 

    Age 2-4: Ten Little Elves by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
    With lots to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story from the creators of Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing again and again. £11.99, Orchard Books



    Age 5-7: Santa Claude by Alex T. Smith
    A calamity occurs as Claude mistakes Santa for a burglar. In an attempt to save Christmas, Claude sets about delivering the presents himself. £8.99, Hodder Children’s Books



    Age 5-7: Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
    Join Princess Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious escapades. Wherever she goes, trouble is never far behind! £8.99, Macmillan Children’s Books



    Age 5-7: The Snow Cat by Holly Webb
    Bel travels back in time to help reunite a young girl with her mystical white snow cat. A beautifully written, magical winter adventure. £6.99, Stripes Publishing


    Age 8-10: The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould
    Upset elves and reindeer dropping out of the sky, with the festive season in jeopardy Father Christmas has to call on the help of a very special friend. £10.39, Canongate Books



    Age 8-10: Christmas Tales by Enid Blyton
    With a dash of mischief and a smattering of nostalgia, this collection of short stories is perfect for reading together beside the Christmas tree.  £6.99, Hodder Children’s Books

    Age 8-10: The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher 
    Looking for a non-traditional tale of adventure and hope? This is the book for you. William Trundle and his dinosaur companion will win your heart. £9.99, Puffin 


    Interactive: Seek and Find Christmas by Emiliano Migliardo
    Young eyes will love pouring over the festive spreads to search for Santa’s hat and more. With seasonal challenges on every page. £2.74, Bloomsbury



    Interactive: The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes by Rebecca Jones
    Inspired by the festive season, these stationery sets are perfect for all ages to colour-in and send to family and friends. £9.98, Nosy Crow


    Interactive: Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities
    Keep little ones entertained for hours with seasonal puzzles and games which can be enjoyed over and over again – a perfect pre-Christmas treat. £4.99, Usborne