Picture books for younger children: inspire imaginations this Christmas

Our bumper round-up of beautiful picture books for younger children combines timeless classics such as Alfie and the Jolly Christmas Postman, with destined-to-be classics such as Help! We Need a Title and our very own Book of Bedtime Stories. Magical worlds await...


bedtime storiesThe Book of Bedtime Stories by Mumsnet

Ten stories chosen by Michael Rosen from a competition that had more than four hundred entries from Mumsnetters and Gransnetters. Each story is illustrated by a new artist and the result is a diverse mix of great stories put together in a beautiful, timeless book.



When it Snows by Richard Collingridgebook

When it snows everything stops. But one small boy and his teddy won't let it stop them as they wander through an enchanted and luminous landscape, riding polar bears, discovering where snowmen live and meeting the Queen of the Poles. This simple story, with its dream-like illustrations, is a wonderful way to show your children how books have the power to fire their imaginations.


Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Glioridragon

A dragon discovers an abandoned egg in a ice-floe. When a baby penguin emerges from the egg it's love at first sight between mother and daughter, but being different from the other young dragons proves to be difficult for the penguin. A wonderful story about difference and acceptance set against a background of ice and fire, beautifully illustrated by Mumsnet favourite Debi Gliori.


Best Lowly Worm Book Ever by Richard Scarryworm

Fans won't be disappointed by Richard Scarry's first new work in 20 years. All the favourite characters are back with Scarry's incredible attention to detail and trademark humour, which ensures this book will be enjoyed time and time again.



Help! We Need a Title by Herve Tullettitle

Herve Tullet's genius offering tests the very meaning of a picture book story and plays havoc with book design. You even get to meet the author when he wonders in half way through the story. A masterpiece of a book and a great gift.




The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompsonpeter rabbit

Will Peter and Benjamin save William the Turkey from becoming centrepiece at the McGregor's Christmas dinner? A heartwarming tale with wonderful dialogue and hilarious observations prove that Emma T is perfectly placed to continue from Beatrix P.



Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughesalfie's christmas

Alfie and Annie-Rose fans can catch a wonderful glimpse into their adventures in the run-up to Christmas. Shirley Hughes has captured excitement and expectation, as Alfie and his family prepare for the big day.  Our Mumsnet December book of the month.



My Mummy's Bag by P H Hansonbag

A real treasure trove of a book with over 75 objects for little fingers to take out and explore, including including laptop, mobile phone, a wallet with pockets, an extra pair of shoes, and a missing red sock. Brilliant to see something creative come out of a messy handbag!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jefferscrayons

A wonderful story about a group of crayons who decide to quit. Each colour send a letter to their owner Duncan, to explain their reason for the uprising (Blue just wants a break from painting all that sea!). Duncan just wants to get on with his colouring. A great gift for Oliver Jeffers fans.



The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlbergjolly

The 20th anniversary edition of Allan Ahlberg's award-winning, seasonal children's picture book The Jolly Christmas Postman. Children can take each colourful gift out of its envelope and discover for themselves what well-known fairy-tale characters are sending to one another for Christmas.



Octonauts and the Very Vegimal Christmas octonaut book

When all of the Octonauts are trapped in a dangerous blob of Marine Mucilage, the Vegimals must step up and rescue the crew in time for the Christmas meal.There's no denying Octonauts fans will love this latest book. And we're not just talking about the kids - as one Mumsnetter (who shall remain anonymous) admitted: "We've watched Octonauts on catch-up when DS has gone to bed."


How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reaganbook

This New York Times best-selling picture book is about the one-of-a-kind bond between a child and a grandparent. Written in a how-to style, it's full of top tips for any good grandad-sitter, from what he likes to eat (ice cream-topped cookies), how to wake him from his nap (tickle his feet) and ways to keep him entertained (put on a scary play). This funny and heart-warming picture book is guaranteed to be a family favourite, loved by children and grandparents alike.


Santa! A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Bulter Sefersanta book

Scanimation is the technology behind the best-selling series that started with Gallop! The latest book presents a Santa that readers have never seen before - acrobatic, playful, a little mischievous and filled with joyful energy. Here's Santa hula-hooping. Santa juggling. Santa doing cartwheels and Santa on a unicycle.


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