Updated: Dec 9, 2020
'Tis the season. Get ready with one of these lovely festive picture books. Click on the image or the title for a link to buy the book from bookshop.org and support local bookshops.
Dogger’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes
If ever we needed a magical Christmas treat, it was this year. Enter Shirley Hughes and a festive sequel to the much-loved Dogger, 40 years on. Authentic, unfussy, true. A joy.
Christmas Lights by Ruth Symons, illustrated by Carolina Rabei
A lovely wintery lift-the-flap book of a journey home through the snow to a cosy fire and a Christmas tree. It doesn’t look like a White Christmas is on the cards, but little ones can imagine with this.
The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser, illustrated by Kate Hindley
Simon & Schuster, £12.99
This isn’t strictly a Christmassy book but it gloriously snowy and Kate Hindley's illustrations are a delight. Gertie, the littlest yak in the herd struggles, to come to terms with her diminutive size. And guess who saves the day? Little yaks will puff up with pride.
Where Snow Angels Go by Maggie O'Farrell, illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terranzzini
When snow angels melt they become guardian angels for the people who made them. Didn't you know? O'Farrell's first children's book is a modern day fairytale about those moments when someone or something seems, almost miraculously, to keep you from harm. Beautifully illustrated, perfect for reading aloud to children of 6+.