Christmas books for children

16 November 2017

By Macmillan Children's Books

Christmas is fast approaching and alongside the sleigh bells, we've taken a look at fourteen children's books perfect for the festive season. 

Baby - 2 years old

My First Nativity Set

My First Nativity Set

My First Nativity Set is a beautiful introduction to the story of the first Christmas. After reading the picture book, your toddler can create their very own manger scene with standalone pieces (sturdy enough to be played with by the littlest hands).

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Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories is a unique way for parents and babies to share classic Christmas stories, such as  the Nutcracker and the Nativity, together. Each spread has finger trails cut into the page, and textured illustrations for little hands to trace.

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Busy London at Christmas

Busy London at Christmas

Explore the sights of London as Santa makes his way through the snowy city. With easy-to-use mechanisms, toddlers can turn the London Eye or open the Tower Bridge. The perfect introduction to Christmas in London.

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3 - 5 years old

Sproutzilla vs. Christmas

Sproutzilla vs. Christmas

Jack loves everything about Christmas, except for one thing: he hates Brussels sprouts! Jack's parents bring home the largest sprout he has ever seen - Sproutzilla - who is the meanest, greenest Christmas ruining vegetable ever and he's heading straight towards Santa. It's up to Jack to save Christmas... but he'll have to eat the sprouts!

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The Christmas Show

The Christmas Show

A funny account of a school nativity play. It's Christmas and the children have been practising very hard for their nativity play. The narrators are word-perfect, the Important Angel has brushed her hair and the audience are in their seats. 

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Santa Selfie

Santa Selfie

Santa is taking a break from Christmas this year and is going on holiday. But wherever Santa goes people recognise him, and all they want is to take photographs with him. It might not be as fun on holiday as Santa thought! 

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Teddy Robinson meets Father Christmas and other stories

Teddy Robinson meets Father Christmas and other stories

Join Teddy Robinson as he has goes to the fair, meets Father Christmas and plays babysitter. He's sometimes rather shy and sometimes a bit of a show-off - but with his love of rhymes and his great imagination, Teddy Robinson is the best friend any child could have.

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6 - 8 years

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Once again, magically mischievous Mirror-Bellecomes popping out of mirrors to sweep Ellen into two hilarious Christmassy escapades.Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for children who are beginning to read on their own.

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Dick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!

Dick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!

A fantastic compendium of Christmas jokes and activities, crazy carols, "completely true" Christmas facts and all-round festive nuttiness from TV legends Dick and Dom.

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The Nutcracker Colouring Book

The Nutcracker Colouring Book

This gorgeous colouring book is filled with detailed black line illustrations just waiting to be brought to life with colour. Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's original short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, there are captions that tell the story, and a festive cover decorated with red foiling. Th perfect Christmas gift for creative children.

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9 - 11 years

William at Christmas

William at Christmas

Join William as he visits his relations at Christmas, prepares for the local pantomime and enjoys the school holidays with his gang of faithful outlaws – attracting trouble wherever he goes.

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Christmas Poems

Christmas Poems

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

Celebrate all the best things about Christmas from snow and stockings to Father Christmas in this collection of Christmas poems. 

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12 years and up

The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star

A collection of three festive stories from Eva Ibbotson. In the first story - Vicky and the Christmas Angel - a young Viennese girl discovers, to her horror, who really brings the children's presents at Christmas.

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Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell

Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell

Two wintery short stories from Rainbow Rowell. 'Midnights' is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time. 'Kindred Spirits' is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

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