Best new picture books for 0-3 year olds
For a gift that offers endless entertainment for under-threes, you can't do much better than a great book. Browse our pick of the best newly released picture books for Christmas 2014.
This peep-through picture book is a delightful way to introduce your child to this classic Christmas verse - from a partridge in a pear tree to 12 drummers drumming. Britta Teckentrup's bright illustrations, topped with plenty of shimmering silver and gold, make this a perfect Christmas gift.
Yikes, Santa-CLAWS! Pamela Butchart and Sam Lloyd
If your DC are dino-mad then there's no better book this Christmas than Yikes, Santa-CLAWS! to keep them entertained. It tells the tale of the lovable but haphazard Santa Claws and his misadventures on Christmas Eve. Will the children get their presents on time? With beautiful visuals from bestselling illustrator Sam Lloyd, this is a story filled with laughter and life lessons.
Fancy Dress Christmas - Nick Sharratt
This new addition to Nick Sharratt's series joins the animals at their fancy dress Christmas party, where there are some pretty inventive costumes. Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to see which animal is hiding behind each disguise. The brightly coloured illustrations are accompanied by a simple rhyming text, making this a festive joy for all young readers.
Snow - Walter de la Mare
The first snow is always a magical experience, and Walter de la Mare's classic poem re-envisaged in this stunning new picture book will make sure it's one to remember. The lyrical verse is brought to life by Carolina Rabei's stunning illustrations, which use a simple but striking colour palette. If you've been hoping to introduce poetry to your DC then this could be the perfect opportunity to kickstart their literary adventure.
Surprise: the Book that Keeps on Giving - Little Tiger Press
In this colourful board book that simulates a game of pass the parcel, the characters travel on a festive trail of adventures as the gift gets smaller. With bright illustrations by Fiona Galloway and an engaging rhyme, this gem of a book will capture children's attention – and imagination.
Pip and Posy: the Snowy Day - Axel Schefflerz
Axel Scheffler once again captures the nuances of toddler life both through his beautiful illustrations and simple story. Pip and Posy's snowy day is marred by a row over the design of a snowman (sound familiar?) Thankfully after a bit of shoving and pushing, anger subsides and kindness reigns as they make up in plenty of time for Christmas Day.
Monsters Love Underpants - Claire Freedman
A book about little monsters for little monsters, this follow-up title from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is action-packed and full of gags. It's weird, wacky, with plenty of mischief as the narrative chronicles the one thing all the monsters have in common – their love of underpants! With vibrant illustrations from Ben Cort and catchy rhyming verse, this book is sure to keep the kids entertained.
The New Small Person - Lauren Child
Award winning writer/illustrator Lauren Child introduces Elmore Green in this much-anticipated new picture book. Here Elmore is confronted with the struggle of sharing a world with a new small person who arrives at his house one day in a moses basket. A perfect take on the arrival of a new sibling with trademark charm and humour.
Do you Speak English, Moon? - Francesca Simon
From the author of the much-loved Horrid Henry series comes the delightful Do You Speak English, Moon? If you've an inquisitive child whose questions never seem to cease, then look no further than Francesca Simon's new title to keep them occupied. This is a perfect read for bedtime accompanied by an audio CD read by Lenny Henry for added fun.
Icky Sticky Monster - Jo Lodge
This brilliantly yucky book from Jo Lodge delivers colourful full-page pop-ups, including a toilet seat to lift and rubbish bin to empty, with catchy rhyming text for long-lasting entertainment. The monsters may be a revolting bunch but giggles are guaranteed. Perfect for your own icky sticky monster to get stuck into over Christmas or in the new year.
Once Upon an Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers
Bringing each letter of the alphabet to life with its own unique story, Once Upon an Alphabet makes the elementary building blocks of the English language a fun and accessible activity. This beautiful book compiles 26 action-packed tales exploring the power of friendship, and features characters old and new from Oliver Jeffers' previous titles. Look out for the familiar faces as you journey along!
A Very Pirate Christmas - Timothy Knapman
When Father Christmas is taken prisoner by a bunch of scurvy pirates, the fate of Christmas morning hangs in the balance. Will anyone get their presents on time – and more importantly, can anyone rescue Father Christmas? Timothy Knapman's picture book is filled with colour and comedy and promises an unusual take on the festivities.
Oi Frog - Kes Gray
Gets our vote for funniest book of 2014. Kes Gray is a firm favourite with Mumsnet and here he teams up for the first time with Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jim Field to bring you a hilarious rhyming story about a frog. Cat is adamant that he should sit on a log because cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs and mules sit on stools. So where do gophers sit? A brilliant, brighly coloured gift that is guaranteed to have you in stitches.
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