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Christmas picture books for the under 5s

Must-have gifts and timeless classics, all beautifully illustrated to captivate little ones – and the rest of the family too!

A Thing Called Snow

Yuval Zommer

A gorgeous festive picture book. When winter comes, best friends Fox and Hare can’t wait to jump, leap and, bounce in this thing called snow. But what exactly is snow? Join them on an Arctic journey as they ask all their friends to help them find out. 
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See also: Activity: Make your own Christmas card [PDF]

The Tree That’s Meant to Be

Yuval Zommer

A small fir tree is left all alone after the other trees near it in the forest are chosen by families at Christmas. But when the forest animals gather around the lonely little tree to cheer it up and celebrate the season, it finds festive love and warmth in the heart of a cold, snowy forest. 
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See also: Activity: Decorate your own tree [PDF]

Winnie and Wilbur: Around the World

Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul

Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there is trouble for our travellers when the animals get hungry! A whistle-stop tour full of hilarious slapstick fun. 
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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul

It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes. Santa gets stuck in their chimney!
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The Christmas Unicorn

Anna Currey

Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for. This is a heart-warming story for everyone who believes in the magic of Christmas.
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See also: Activity: Create your own Christmas Unicorn decorations

Bear Shaped

Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden

Jack and Bear are the best of friends. Jack loves Bear because he makes him feel brave. But one day Bear disappears and Jack suddenly feels all alone with a big Bear-shaped hole in his heart.

An inspiring story about learning to let go, inspired by the true story of Jack and his Bear.
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Super Frozen Magic Forest

Matty Long

Join the residents of the Super Happy Magic Forest for epic quests and lots of fun. When the Ice Queen covers the entire forest in snow, can the heroes break her spell before they all freeze?
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A Dot in the Snow

Corrinne Averiss, Fiona Woodcock

This is the story of a curious polar bear, a little girl lost in the snow, and the precious friendship they discover together. With themes of empathy and kindness, the story is stunningly illustrated by debut illustrator, Fiona Woodcock.
‘Breathtakingly lovely. I adored this book.’ Cerrie Burnell. 
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A Christmas Story

Brian Wildsmith

The story of the Nativity is made truly magical in the masterful hands of the acclaimed picture book writer, Brian Wildsmith. This beautifully illustrated book is a delight to share at Christmas time.
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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Brian Wildsmith

The perfect gift for every day of Christmas, Brian Wildsmith takes you on an enchanting journey through The Twelve Days of Christmas.
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Pocket’s Christmas Wish

Ann Bonwill, Russell Julian

Pocket is a little rabbit who wishes – from his whiskers to his bunny feet – that he might know the meaning of Christmas. When he hops out of his burrow on Christmas morning, Pocket finds some footprints left by children who have been playing in the snow. He follows the footprints to a cosy cottage where his Christmas wish comes true.
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Big Words for Little People: Bravery

Helen Mortimer, Cristina Trapanese

This little hardback book creates a moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on Bravery. It introduces words to talk about feelings with confidence and in a way that feels good.
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Big Words for Little People: Kindness

Helen Mortimer, Cristina Trapanese

This little book on Kindness is one in an exciting new series exploring big topics with young children in a way that feels good. Using carefully chosen words and phrases, such as ‘giving’ or ‘taking turns’, it creates a special moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on what it means to be kind in everyday life.
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You Make Me Smile

Layn Marlow

When a little girl rushes out into the freshly fallen snow, her world is filled with wonder. This book captures the magic of a moment before it melts away. Now you can share in the happiness it brings, time after time.
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