Wonderful Picture Books for Christmas

Stick man running through the snow
Category: Bookbug

Whether you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift, or simply looking to get your little ones into the festive spirit, here are some fantastic Christmas stories to cuddle up with from the Bookbug Early Years team:


stick man cover
Stick Man
by Julia Donaldson

Stick Man is a great festive story and is now available in a beautiful cased edition, perfect as a Christmas gift. Again Julia Donaldson’s rhyme works a treat. Mistaken for an ordinary stick, Stick Man is thrown to a dog, used as a Pooh-stick, put on a sandcastle as a flag and even put onto a fire! If you like Stick Man why not go and see the stage production? And for those of you who are suckers for the associated merchandise, check out this adorable Stick Man plush toy.


Snowman and his scarf

That's Not My Snowman by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

These lovely touchy-feely board books by Usbourne are perfect for little hands and inqusitive minds. With simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations, they are perfectly accessible for babies and toddlers alike. Look out for the snowman's soft hat and bumpy buttons - and don't forget to spot the little white mouse who appears on every page!


Stories by Firelight by Shirley Hughes
children and mum around the fire

Best read indoors, cosied up with the family away from whichever storm is sweeping over Scotland at the time. This beautifully illustrated book is a warming anthology of wintery poems, stories and rhymes that will take you from the red leaves of autumn to the magic of Christmas, through to the beginnings of spring.


Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher
Refuge front cover

Refuge is a retelling of the Christmas story, but one with a difference: the focus of this short, lyrical picture book is the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers as they make their way to safety in Egypt. As well as raising money for War Child, the book could help parents and carers talk to young children who may have seen images of refugees on the news over the last year.

We have two copies of Refuge to give away - see the bottom of this post for details of how to enter.


Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Hendry and John Lawrence
House in the snow

It's Christmas Eve, and the house in Exeter Street is full to bursting! This beautifully illustrated picture book evokes a real atmosphere of excitement as friends, family and even strangers are brought together to celebrate Christmas under one roof. The overall sense of sharing and giving is wonderful, and there are plenty of people to count, and funny pictures to find within the pages of this classic book.


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
Polar express cover

Many of us know the film of The Polar Express, but the book that it's based on is now celebrating it's 30th birthday. The captivating story starts with a young boy lying in bed, straining to hear Santa’s sleigh, even after being told Santa isn’t real. Instead of a jingling sleigh, a train whistles, and an old-fashioned steamer, the Polar Express, pulls up in front of his home. The boy rides the magical locomotive with other pyjama-clad children all the way to the North Pole, visits with Mr. Claus in the flesh, and reaffirms his belief in magic. This is the perfect festive read, and the illustrations by Van Allsberg are simply timeless.


For more festive reads, check out our Books about Snow and 10 Christmas Books. For Christmas gifts for children, read what the Booksellers at Blackwells recommended in their recent blog for Scottish Book Trust.


We have two copies of Refuge to give away. To be in with a chance of winning simply comment below and tell us what book you'd like to get for Christmas.

This competition closes on Monday 14th December at 9am. The winners will be chosen at random - full terms and conditions are available here