Ho! Ho! Ho! And Merrrrrry Christmas from CBI!
With the Late Late Toy Show on tonight, we thought we’d talk about Christmas children’s books! Here’s some suggestions for new festive picturebooks to share with your loved ones this Christmas.
Happy Christmas, Pigín! – Kathleen Watkins, Illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs
Gill Books, 9780717183807
Ireland’s favourite pig is back for another adventure! Pigín and Badger meet in Dublin for a day of Christmas Shopping and a visit to Santa’s Grotto. But what happens when Santa’s Elves call in sick? It’s up to Pigín and Badger to save the day! A great addition to the Pigín series that will make you want to visit Dublin city and recreate their day out. (0-4)
Emily Brown and Father Christmas – Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
Hodder Children’s Books, 9781444941999
On Christmas Eve, Emily Brown and Stanley the grey rabbit are reading a bedtime story when they hear ‘Ho-ho-help!’ Father Christmas has fallen off the roof! Armed with technology, sat-navs and climbing equipment instead of flying reindeer and magic, can Emily Brown convince Father Christmas the old-fashioned way is better? Layton uses mixed media such as collage, photography and child-like pencil sketches combined with his signature style to bring old and new together. From the author of How to Train Your Dragon comes this fun Christmas tale about our reliance on technology, and how sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way! (2-4)
Christmas Gremlins – Adam and Charlotte Guillain, Illustrated by Chris Chatterton
“It’s getting close to Christmas and there’s magic in the air… But beware of cheeky gremlins, who are hiding everywhere!” A rhyming story packed with over 50 flaps to lift, it’s hard not to fall in love with these cheeky festive gremlins. An interactive book children will come back to again and again, Christmas Gremlins is a great book for any mischievous children out there! (0-4)
The Most-Loved Bear – Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Sam Usher
Macmillan, 978 150 985 4295
Growly Bear and Mary Rose do everything together, until one day, Growly Bear is left behind on a train. Follow the story of Growly Bear as he passes from child to child over the years. But will he ever find his way back home? From the author of Guess How Much I Love You, this book is a must-have for Christmas Eve. A heart-warming tale, beautifully illustrated pictures accompany simple sentences with a lasting impact. (0-4)
Santa’s Wonderful Workshop – Elys Dolan
Oxford UP, 9780192746177
Unlike most Christmas stories, this one begins after Christmas. Join Santa and his recruits as they prepare for next year’s Christmas Eve delivery. The pictures are full of jokes so you’ll find a new detail every time! With laugh out loud humour, Dolan’s tone is hilarious as we follow Santa month by month through the year as he tries to cope with the chaos around him. Lots of fun for grown-ups and kids. Highly recommend. (2-4)