It's December so now we can finally crack out the festive books! Except of course, most of ours are wrapped up as part of our Adven...

Festive Reading

Friday, December 01, 2017 BookBairn 9 Comments

It's December so now we can finally crack out the festive books! Except of course, most of ours are wrapped up as part of our Advent Book Tree. Fortunately I took a few photos of those festive gems that are hidden inside. Here are the 24 books that BookBairn is set to unwrap this month... (I hope she might let her brother have a go at ripping the paper too but I doubt it!)

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express - Maudie Powell-Tuck & Karl James Mountford

Mia's dad can't make it home for Christmas so she wants to find a way to at least get a card to him via a mysterious postbox. And off she is whisked on an unforgettable adventure but will she reach her dad in time? And little readers can join in the journey via peek-through pages and hidden flaps! This is a festive adventure that evokes all the magic of Christmas but at it's centre is family - and isn't that just the way it should be?! And you can see from the cover that it's beautiful! Intricate illustrations and rich colours make you feel like Christmas is just jumping off the page!

Make and Play Nativity - Joey Chou

This is such a brilliant festive activity book where children can assemble their very own nativity scenes. Featuring all the main characters from the nativity story, children press-out and slot together the pieces to bring the story to life! The illustrations are just lovely and will be great for teaching BookBairn the story (it's only her third Christmas so I doubt she remembers it). I cannot wait for her to unwrap this! I really really can't!

Listen to the Christmas Songs - Marion Billet

BookBairn adores this series of books and I'm certain she's going to love this one too. Starring six festive songs - We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Jingle Bells, He Has a Red Red Coat, O Christmas Tree and Santa Clause is coming to town. Not just the music but the words too - older kids can read along and younger ones can learn the song by listening. The illustrations are lovely! So deceptively simple but utterly charming!

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker - Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Another musical book but this one evokes my own childhood of going to the ballet at Christmas time with my mum. The story of The Nutcracker is a perfect read at Christmas and what could help bring it to life better than if you read along whilst listening to Tchaikovsky's beautiful music? Follow little Clara on her magical adventure and watch the battle between the nutcracker and the mouse king, meet the SugarPlum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, all the while pressing the musical note buttons to hear 10 seconds of music from the ballet. It is also beautifully illustrated and will fill little ones with wonder! I love this one so much that I have added the rest of The Story Orchestra series to my wish list!

Also in our advent tree:

Guess How Much I Love You in Winter - Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
Miffy in the Snow - Dick Bruna
The Christmas Bear - Ian Whybrow & Axel Scheffler
Winter - David Carter
Let it Glow: A Winter Walk - Owen Gildersleeve
Snow - Sam Usher
That's Not My Santa - Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells
Nativity Flap Book - Sam Taplin & Rosalinde Bonnet
Dear Santa - Rod Campbell
Bizzy Bear: Christmas Helper - Benji Davies
A Letter for Bear - David Lucas
Away in a Manger - Igloo Books
Christmas Treasure Book - Roger Priddy
Little Christmas Tree - Jessica Courtney-Tickle & Ruth SymonsPop-Up Peekaboo Christmas - DK Books
Countdown to Christmas - Stuart Lynch
It's Christmas - Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes
Jack Frost - Kazuno Kohara
Bear and Hare: Snow! - Emily Gravett
Snow - Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei

I hope you enjoyed seeing what is hidden inside our book tree! And even more so I hope BookBairn will enjoy unwrapping each one. And so the season begins...

Do you have a favourite festive read?
Happy unwrapping,
Mummy x


  1. Looks like a great selection. I’m sure BookBairn will let the Wee Page Turner help. She’s a great big BookSister.

    1. Maybe... She does let him 'read' the books!

  2. I really want Last Stop on the Reindeer Express, love a festive story! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. It's magical! Your youngest would love it!

  3. It's going to be a fab month of reading in your house! I really want a copy of The Nutcracker #readwithme

    1. Thank you! You would love the Nutcracker!! I want the Four Seasons one!

  4. What a beautiful selection of books! Can't beat a festive read #readwithme

    1. Thanks Kate! It's going to be a fun month of reading in our house!

  5. I'm so behind with this, but I do love this selection of books. It's such a magical way to find a bit of calm in the festive preparations- anything to do with cuddling up on a sofa with a good book, the bairns and a blanket sounds good to me