Blogmas 2020 Book Recommendations

Good picture books to read over Christmas.

Happy Blogmas day 4!! (Ironically I’m writing all these blog posts in the last week of November so I find it extremely funny to wish you a good Blogmas when it’s not even December) So as a carry on from yesterday today I want to talk about good books to read for bedtime to get kids into the Christmas spirit or even add to your own collection. 

Pick a Pine Tree

Patricia Toht (Author) Jarvis (Illustrator)

So what’s it about? 

The tradition of choosing a tree and decorating it with your loved ones is at the heart of this delightful rhyming tale. It follows a family as they select the perfect pine, bring it home, take out the tinsel and baubles, and invite friends to help them trim up. The evocative book ends with a sparkling switch-on of the lights that will make every heart soar, while the illustrations by Jarvis have a magically retro feel.

And why I’m recommending it. 

The illustrations in this book are just so beautiful and on top of that it’s a rhyming story, I love stories that thyme! I really think this would be a fun book to read the night you put the tree up.  

Elmer’s Christmas

David McKee (Author)

So what’s it about?

The much-loved patchwork elephant teams up with Papa Red to give the young elephants a Christmas surprise to remember as they travel to see snow for the first time and get to spot someone special flying in. In return for this magical experience, the children learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others. The sweet mini hardback edition has a delightfully sparkly cover and is just the right size to fit in a stocking or changing bag to read on the move.

And why I’m recommending it.

I love Elmer so much aso when I found out there was a Christmas book about the much loved Elephant I did get very excited. This is definitely a good read. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss (Author)

So what’s it about?

This Christmas classic from the incomparable Dr Seuss turns 60 this year but is still as witty and wise as ever, filled with the author’s zany rhyming text and energetic cartoony illustrations. Your child will love watching the grumpy Grinch, with his mean heart two sizes too small, go through his transformation from the scourge of the season to festive fan, joining the residents of Whoville to celebrate. This special anniversary edition makes a lovely keepsake to read year after year, too.

And why I’m recommending it.

Like when I recommended a Christmas Carol in my last post this is a pretty obvious one to mention, an oldy but a goodie. I definitely love the movies and I know the book is amazing too. 

Mog’s Christmas

Judith Kerr (Author)

So what’s it about? 

 The late Judith Kerr’s unforgetful feline gets herself into a Christmas conundrum when, already unnerved by all the decorations and visitors at home, the sight of a seemingly walking, talking tree sees her flee to the roof. The Thomas family try everything to coax their beloved moggy down to no avail, and fear the festive season is ruined until a furry present arrives down the chimney… This adorable seasonal story about this lovable cat also has the most fabulously 1970s illustrations that will have parents and grandparents feeling all nostalgic.

And why I’m recommending it. 

Oh this is just a post full of nostalgia. Mog is another one I used to read as a kid so to see it being all Christmassy just makes me feel good inside. 

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