The festive season is such a busy time for parents, often filled with school play’s, Christmas events and parties for the little ones. So, it’s a welcome relief to make some time to share a book or two together and with so many wonderful festive and Christmas themed story books on the market we’re spoilt for choice. We always throw ourselves headlong into the Christmas spirit and relish the opportunity to discover some new titles as well as indulging in some old favourites.
With this in mind, I thought I’d use today’s Blogmas post to share our Top 5 Children’s books this Christmas. We have read an array of new titles this year, four of which have made it into our selection, along with an old favourite too.
The Wobbly Robin By Matthew Warnes
We recently discovered this wonderfully sweet book which is written by a local Author from our hometown of Carlisle, Cumbria. It tells the tale of Wobbly Robin who has been left behind by his siblings who have already flown the nest. But, Wobbly Robin is too afraid as every time he tries he can’t stop wobbling! Before he knows it, Winter has arrived, bringing a blanket of snow which covers the village and during the blizzard Wobbly Robin receives a special visit from someone who needs his help. Will Wobbly Robin be able to overcome his fear and help save Christmas?
This such a cute little picture book which is beautifully illustrated using bright colourful pictures that complement the story perfectly. There are also a several printable resources available online to accompany this book. I’m sure this will be a firm favourite in years to come too.
Kevin the Carrot and the Christmas Beanstalk
We fell in love with Kevin the Carrot last year and really enjoyed the book which was released all about how Kevin met Katie. Needless to say, I made sure to visit Aldi on the day this year’s ‘merch’ was released and I was thrilled to see another Kevin book amongst the cuddly carrots!
This year’s book features not only Kevin and his love interest Katie, but their children Jasper, Chantenay and Baby along with the Villain Wicked Parsnip. The story is a fresh take on the Beanstalk fairy-tale and is written in rhyme which helps the story flow – I’m a massive fan of rhyming kids’ books!
Despite its bargain price of only £3.99, the book itself is a really good quality large hardback which is filled with gorgeous illustrations. I’m really impressed with the quality of the whole book and Leo loves having a story featuring his favourite Christmas Carrot! If there are still some lurking on the shelves of Aldi I highly recommend.
Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley*
This book has been a firm favourite since the girls were super young – they are now 14 & 15yrs! It tells the tale of little Robin who is preparing for the week leading up to Christmas, by ensuring he has a clean vest for every day to keep him warm. Every day he ventures out and meets a different animal along the way who needs his help. Selflessly Robin helps by giving away his colourful warm vests but finds himself on Christmas Eve a long way from home and without a vest to keep himself warm. Luckily for him someone special finds him huddled in the snow and takes him home to his wife who helps ensure little Robin will never be cold again.
Never mind the kids, this is my favourite Christmas book EVER! It’s such a heart-warming, magical story with a really important message about the true meaning of Christmas at its heart.
The Night Before Christmas by Rose Collins**
Everyone is familiar with the original poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, written in 1823 and there have been many versions published in the ensuing years. This one, written and illustrated by Rose Collins, offers a unique retelling of the original which brings the story right up to date. By cleverly tweaking some of the words she has made the story more kid-friendly without losing any of the charm of the original.
The illustrations are bright and bold and tell the story using a family of pyjama clad bears who are awaiting Santa’s visit as opposed to humans. It’s a great book to share at bedtime and will be our story of choice on Christmas Eve in anticipation of Santa’s visit.
Until recently I thought our Peppa Pig days were over, but she has had a renaissance in our house and lucky for us a brand-new book has just been released! This one sees Peppa and her friends at playgroup preparing for their Christmas show. Peppa finds herself bumping into Santa everywhere she goes and decides to invite him to come and watch, but will he have time during his busiest time of the year?
This one needs no introduction and does exactly what it says on the tin. A fabulous festive story that any Peppa Pig fan- old or young! – will love. Our copy is a large paperback and I adore the sparkly green cover, it’s very festive! What I personally enjoy about this book is that it doesn’t tell the story of an already seen (a million times) episode!
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