The best Christmas books for kids

    Christmas books
    Illustration: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas!’ by Dr Seuss

    Emma O’Donovan rounds up her favourite Christmas books


    Age 2-4: Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas by David Melling
    There are snowballs and Christmas cuddles aplenty in this brand new Hugless Douglas adventure. £6.99, Hodder Children’s Books 

    Age 2-4: Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck
    Peep-through doorways lead the reader through winter scenes, as Mia and her reindeer embark on a journey. £12.99, Little Tiger Press

    Age 2-4: Listen to the Christmas Songs by Marion Billet 
    Not your typical sound book, this features samples from six festive tunes. Toddlers will love singing along as they explore the bright illustrations. £6.39, Nosy Crow



    Age 5-7: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss 
    This luxury collectors’ edition celebrates 60 years of anarchic mayhem brought to us by the ghastly Grinch. £11.98, HarperCollins Children’s Books



    Age 5-7: I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell 
    Jo-Jo is convinced Christmas is cancelled – and it’s all his fault. This story about a little boy and a misunderstanding is full of heart. £6.99, Barrington Stoke



    Age 5-7: Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells! by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton
    A pesky panda has stolen Santa’s presents so it’s a race against time for the hapless duo to get them back. £5.16, Nosy Crow



    Age 8-10: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton 
    Capturing the true innocence of Christmas through a child’s eyes, this heartwarming tale is a great go-to for sharing on Christmas Eve. £9.97, Bloomsbury



    Age 8-10: The Nutcracker: A Papercut Pop-Up Book by Shobhna Patel 
    Ornate landscapes are brought to life in exquisite paper-cut pages, in this book inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. £11.67, Thames & Hudson

    Age 8-10: Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig and Chris Mould 
    Christmas is in jeopardy as the Easter Bunny attempts to cancel it. The witty attention to detail in these illustrations will have young readers entranced.£6.99, Canongate



    Interactive: Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular by Martin Handford
    Packed with 300 stickers, this eclectic activity book will provide hours of entertainment for all the family. £3.99, Walker Books 



    Interactive: Create Your Own Christmas by Isabel Thomas and Katie Abey
    Kooky, creative crafts unlike anything you’ve seen before will unlock your child’s imagination and lead to plenty of seasonal messy play. £7.99, Bloomsbury 


    Interactive: Make and Play Nativity by Joey Chou
    Perfect for introducing little ones to the story of the nativity, this easy-to-construct kit includes 20 sturdy figures. It will add festive charm to any setting. £9.06, Nosy Crow

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