10 essential Christmas picture books to read at bedtime

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As December creeps closer you might be thinking more and more about your family’s Christmas traditions.

One brilliant idea, which builds excitement, explains what Christmas is all about (for those who celebrate it) and promotes early literacy, is sharing special stories about this festive time of year.

Here are ten fantastic books you could start with.

Snap them all up or grab a new one each year. Instant tradition

10 essential Christmas picture books to read at bedtime

1. The Aussie ABC Christmas by Nancy Bevington

While we love a traditional snowy Christmas story as much as the next person, it’s important to balance those out with books that show a more Australian style of Christmas. This lovely book ticks all the boxes – from the beach to BBQ!

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The Aussie ABC Christmas

2. Christmas in 100 Words by Sophie Beer

This gorgeous book takes littlies through the traditions and excitement of Christmas, one word at a time. Think jelly, jolly, ho-ho-ho and more!

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Christmas In 100 Words

 

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve by Eric Carle

From everyone’s favourite children’s book author comes a festive instalment of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This time our green friend is hoping for a special Christmas Eve visitor.

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the very hungry caterpillar's christmas eve

4. The 12 Days of Christmas by Pilgrim Lee

Count down to Christmas with the beautiful illustrations of Melbourne artist Pilgrim Lee (and some familiar turtledoves and excellent vintage flourishes!)

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The 12 days of Christmas

 

5. Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes

A classic for Christmas featuring the wonderful work of Shirley Hughes AND the gorgeous Alfie who is waiting for Father Christmas.

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Alfie's Christmas

6. Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove

Macca has lots of presents to buy for his favourite people … but no money! Find out how he still makes it a magical Christmas.

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Macca's Christmas Crackers

7. Wombat Divine by Mem Fox

Wombat loves the Christmas Nativity Play so much that he auditions for every part. Which one do you think is perfect for him?

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Woman Divine

8. Little Mouse’s Christmas by Riika Jäntti

It’s nearly Christmas and Little Mouse is busy cooking gingerbread and choosing just the right Christmas tree.

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Little Mouse's Christmas

9. Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

From the author of Dear Zoo comes Dear Santa and it’s just as brilliant – and a lot more festive!

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Dear Santa

10. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This classic from Raymond Briggs has been delighting excited children for generations. Now 40+ years old it’s the perfect picture book for the festive season.

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The Snowman

We wish you a merry … BOOK SPLURGE! 

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