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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Top Ten Christmas Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers and Children up to 4+ for 2015

My Top Ten Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers and Children up to 4+ years for  2015.


1. ROBINS WINTER SONG BY SUZANNE BARTON


From the award winning author illustrator of Dawn Chorus comes another beautiful tale of the changing seasons through the eyes of a young Robin. His friends are all disappearing because Winter is coming and he doesn't like the sound of 'him' at all! But soon Robin is enjoying the new season with new friends. I love Robin's courage in the face of change. Stunning illustrations using mixed media which will delight little nature lovers. 
ISBN: 9781408859148 HB Bloomsbury Publishing PLC £10.99
5/5 stars



2.ELLA BELLA BALLERINA AND THE NUTCRACKER BY JAMES MAYHEW





CHILDRENS 4+
The perfect introduction to a festive favourite and a treasure for little prima ballerinas everywhere. This is one of a delightful series, written and illustrated enchantingly by Mayhew, that explains famous ballets through a a young dancer, Ella Bella. This time she twirls into a magical world of dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Some great ballet facts are at the end, especially useful if any kids are going to see the ballet on stage.
ISBN: 9781408314081 PB Hachette Children's Group £6.99
5/5 stars


3.OLD BEAR'S BEDTIME STORIES BY JANE HISSEY


A new picture book to treasure featuring beloved characters from the Old Bear series. The endearing illustrations will continue to enchant a new generation of children. Gentle soothing stories full of delightful adventures, old friends, theatre, the seaside and a circus make it the perfect book to share with little ones before they go off to the land of dreams. A beautiful present suitable all the year round from Christmas to Birthdays and Christenings.
ISBN:9781910706152 HB Salariya Book Company Ltd
5/5 stars

4.IS IT CHRISTMAS YET? BY JANE CHAPMAN


A little board book with a soft squidgy cover perfect for preschoolers who keep asking that familiar question, Is it Christmas yet? Featuring only a Daddy bear and his son it will appeal to single parents as well. I really like, leading up to the big day, that they work together to avert disaster making the little bear forget about what day it is when it actually arrives! Very appealing in the run up!
ISBN: 9781848691513 HB Little Tiger Press Group
5/5 stars

5. BLUE PENGUIN BY PETR HORACEK



A heat-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. "I feel just like a penguin," says Blue Penguin. "But you're not like us," said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as "the thinking tot's Eric Carle".
ISBN: 9781406358285 HB  Walker Books Ltd £11.99
5/5 stars 


6. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER! BY BEN MANTLE





PICTURE BOOK 3+
This story surrounds the classic dilemma of what to give when you've forgotten someone's present. We have all been in this quandary and this delightful tale puts those agonises and stresses into perspective. Bear has forgotten Squirrel's Christmas present and predictably panic and disaster follow. A gentle tale of friendship, appreciation and imagination. From the best selling author of The Best Birthday Present Ever!
ISBN: 9781447284000 PB Pan Macmillan £5.99
5/5 Stars

7. ALIEN'S CRAZY CHRISTMAS BY AMY SPARKES



PICTURE BOOK 4+
This picture book had me in fits of laughter. What happens when aliens arrive on earth and try to understand Christmas? Chaos ensues as they return to recreate festivities on their planet but they get everything mixed up. Pants stuffed with holly, turkey on top of the tree and Santa is on the warpath looking for his missing reindeer! Punchy, rhyming text with bold, energetic illustrations. Ho! Ho! Ho!

  • ISBN: 9781407161471 PB Scholastic £6.99
  • 5/5 stars


  • 9. THATS NOT MY PENGUIN BY FIONA WATT



A GORGEOUS ADDITION TO THE THAT'S NOT MY SERIES. CUTE PENGUINS ARE ALWAYS A HIT!!
A gift set containing a touchy-feely board book designed specially to appeal to babies and toddlers, with brightly coloured illustrations and simple, repetitive text .

Accompanied by a luxurious, soft penguin toy which has been created specially based on Rachel Wells' illustrations.
  • ISBN: 9781474903943 Mixed Media Usborne Publishing Ltd £14.99
  • 5/5 stars

NB. ALSO LOOK OUT FOR 
1.CHRISTMAS ISBN: 9780746056592,  A CLOTH BOOK 
2.FATHER CHRISTMAS ISBN: 9781409544890 A BATH BOOK
 BOTH BY FIONA WATT PUBLISHED BY USBORNE AND GREAT FOR THE VERY YOUNG 



10.THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BY CLEMENT C. MOORE




A PERENNIAL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC WITH NEW ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARK MARSHALL
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ...It's Christmas Eve and the whole house is sleeping - all except one little boy, woken up by the jingle of bells and the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof.
As he tiptoes downstairs, who will he find? Mark Marshall's captivating illustrations places a little boy at the heart of Clement C Moore's classic Christmas poem.
This bright and bold picture book is a perfect Christmas gift for young children - and a great way to introduce a new generation to this iconic poem.

With a magical, glittery cover!
  • ISBN: 9781848959125 PB Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group £6.99
  • 5/5 stars