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Saturday, 17 December 2016

My List of Favourite Christmas Picture Books This Year 2016

My Top Selection of Christmas Picture Books this year. A mix of new and classic titles perfect for little ones in their Christmas Stocking 


1. THREADBEAR BY MICK INKPEN 
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Threadbear feels very sorry for himself because the squeaker in his tummy doesn't work. Frog suggests he asks Father Christmas to help and so starts a wonderful adventure about following his hopes and dreams. This classic story, accompanied by Inkpen's familiar illustrations, is full of gentle humour and sensitivity. As we follow the little bears adventure to magical places we are disarmed by his loving and bold character and determination. Full of Christmas cuteness. 
ISBN 9781444924053 PB Hodder Childrens £6.99



2. RAVEN CHILD AND THE SNOW WITCH BY LINDA SUNDERLAND
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A fairytale of a close knit family who live in the shadow of an icy glacier, home of the Snow Witch. When Anya's mother is stolen by the Witch she must make the treacherous journey to save her with the help from an injured raven and an Arctic fox. Dramatic and striking artwork by talented artist Daniel Egneus captures the poignant and magical story of a determined child who will do anything to keep her family together. Enchanting.
ISBN 9781783704194 PB Templar Publishing £7.99





3. SNOWFLAKE IN MY POCKET BY RACHEL BRIGHT
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Young Squirrel has never seen snow before and wants to share the experience with his wise old friend, Bear. When Bear becomes sick Squirrel tries to find the perfect snowflake for him. A tale of love, friendship and a reminder that the most precious things in life are transitory moments to be treasured. Gorgeous paper cut art work by Yu Rong captures the dichotomy of the wintry landscape and warm loving home. Enchanting. 
ISBN 9781406371819 PB Walker Books £6.99






4.LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE BY JESSICA COURTNEY-TICKLE
BOARD BOOK 2+
This beautiful story about a little Christmas tree standing alone in the forest is perfect for this time of year as we all are getting ready to decorate our own. A lift-the-flap exploration of nature, children will delight in discovering all the animals that arrive as the day unfolds. Can you find the fox behind the hedge or the owl above? With sturdy pages and foiled decorations shimmering throughout this will captivate the very young.
ISBN 9781783704583 HB Big Picture Press £10.99



5.SPROUTZILLA VS CHRISTMAS BY TOM JAMIESON
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Jack loves everything about Christmas. Except for one thing: he does not like Brussels sprouts.When Jack's parents bring home the largest sprout he has ever seen, things are about to get out of control. Sproutzilla is the meanest, greenest Christmas ruining vegetable ever and now he's heading straight towards Santa! It's up to Jack to save Christmas, and there's only one way to do it ...He'll have to eat the sprouts! Sproutzilla vs. Christmas is Tom Jamieson and Mike Byrne's first picture book with Macmillan.Their strikingly bold and funny story about a rampaging sprout will convince even the most reluctant eaters about the importance of eating their vegetables
ISBN 9781509822782 PB Macmillan £6.99


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6.VELVETEEN RABBIT BY MARGERY WILLIAMS ILLUSTRATED BY SARAH MASSINI
PICTURE BOOK 3+

An enchanting new edition of the timeless classic story about a little toy rabbit who wanted to be real. Its universal message of love and friendship will resonate with old and young while being enthralled by Sarah Massini's sensitive and evocative new illustrations paired with the original text. This sumptuous book with it's foiled cover will make the perfect gift for Christmas and something to treasure and share.

ISBN 9780857636966 HB Nosy Crow £14.99


7. .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