Perfect books for little ones this Christmas

Christmas Bookbug
Category: Parents

Christmas is just around the corner but don't worry if you're struggling for gift ideas. The Scottish Book Trust Early Years team have handpicked some of their favourite gift editions for little ones below.

Whether you're celebrating a new arrival or encourgaging a blossoming young reader, there's something to capture every imagination.





Lynsey Rogers, Early Years Administrator

Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice (0-2)

It's never too early to introduce little ones to classic books! The 'Baby Lit' series is designed to be a very gentle introduction to classics for babies, complete with charming vibrant illustrations. Other titles in the series include Jane Eyre, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Moby Dick.

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers 'Once There Was a Boy' Box set (3-7)

Oliver Jeffers’ quirky and distinctive picture books have delighted children and adults alike in recent years. His stories capture new discoveries and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.

The box set includes How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home. This hardback special box set is a beautiful gift for anyone yet to encounter his  work.



Kirsty Sinclair, EY Operations Manager

My First Nursery Collection by Tony Ross (3-7)

This brand new collection includes loads of favourite nursery rhymes and stories, all chosen for their read-aloud qualities. Written and illustrated by the fabulous Tony Ross, this would be a perfect Christmas gift for babies and toddlers that they can treasure for years to come.

Eric Carle Gift Set (0-2)

This box set contains four classic Eric Carle stories: The Tiny Seed, Pancakes, Pancakes! A House for Hermit Crab and Rooster's Off to See the World. This is a great selection of stories which are a nice step along from Eric Carle's most famous story, The Hungry Caterpillar.


Ros McGlynn, EY Outreach Co-ordinator

Spot on the Move Finger Puppet by Eric Hill (0-2)

Follow Spot on his adventures with this fantastic finger puppet book. Children will love helping Spot drive a car, a train, a boat, a tractor, a bus and a plane. This is a great addition to any Spot collection.

Each Peach Pear Plum

Stick Man (Snow Globe edition) by Julia Donaldson (3-7)

Stick Man has been a hugely popular character since he was first introduced in 2008. Now his story is published in a pretty new gift edition, with a festive snow dome forming part of the front cover.


Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years

Each Peach Pear Plum (Cloth Book) by Janet and Alan Ahlberg (0-2)

This beautiful cloth edition of the classic book is perfect for new arrivals. The book features a cast of familiar fairy-tale characters in wonderfully detailed illustrations.

You Choose by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt (3-7)

This book is perfect for young readers who love making up their own inventive tales! You Choose invites children to imagine they could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything in a colourful modern take on the 'choose your own adventure' tradition.


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