Three Festive Picture Books

’tis the season when bedtime stories get very Christmassy so it’s always great to have some new picture books in your sack to add a touch of cheer to the Christmas-sleep countdown. These are three my daughters and I have been enjoying over the festive season – each one a very different style!


Merry Whatmas? by Eoin McLaughlin & Polly Dunbar

What exactly is Christmas all about? It’s hard for Hedgehog and Tortoise to know, especially when it’s their very first Christmas. Luckily, their forest friends know all about it…or do they? For Fox it’s all about the presents. For Badger, it’s treats. For Magpie, it’s singing. And for Squirrel, Mouse and Rabbit, it’s something else entirely! With mayhem and madness afoot in Polly Dunbar’s magical wonderland, Hedgehog and Tortoise begin to think Christmas is…well, all a bit too much! From the creators of ‘The Hug’, this book is a warm christmassy cuddle of a book!




Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas by Matt Tavares

This gorgeous picture book has a gloriously traditional feel with Matt Tavares’s timeless storytelling and classic style. Dasher is counting sleeps to Christmas and, like many little ones at this time of year, she is starting to get impatient and over-excited. Unable to resist the call of Christmas carols and twinkling tree lights, Dasher is drawn out into the night on Christmas Eve…and because the snow-laden sky obscures the North Star from view, she’s unable to find her way home. But one lucky boy is about to meet one of Santa’s reindeer and, not only does he have carrots, he has exactly what Dasher needs to get back to the North Pole in time to deliver the presents!



Santa’s New Reindeer by Caroline Crowe & Jess Pauwels

When Rudolph sprains his hoof on Christmas Eve, it’s up to Santa’s team of resourceful elves to find a suitable replacement. But many of the animals who try out for the sleigh team are either too slow, too fast, too hungry…or just too chaotic! With the clock ticking and Christmas about to be cancelled, it takes Head Inventor Elf, Lizzie, to come up with the perfect plan! With Caroline Crowe’s pacy rhyming text and Jess Pauwels fun-packed illustrations, this Christmas-themed picture book is full of festive shenanigans.

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