Gift ideas: Christmas books for children

Today the Egmont Elves have browsed our bookshelves in order to round up some of our latest and greatest Christmas books for children. From joke books and magical escapades to snowy adventures and fun with Santa, take a look at our top picks of Christmas books for children.

There’s nothing better than giving the gift of reading at Christmas – unless you count snuggling up under fairy lights with a good book.

Whether you’re looking for a Christmas book for children aged 3, 6 or 13, we’ve got you covered. The Egmont bookshelves are packed with books that celebrate the festive season. We’ve atmospheric mysteries, traditional Christmas tales, favourite characters enjoying the festive season and even adventures with Santa himself. Take a look at our publishing team’s picks of Christmas books for children to find the perfect present.

Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book

First up is the recently released Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book by Jim Smith. Liz Bankes, Commissioning Editor, says ‘Bored of those same old Christmas cracker jokes? Have no fear, for here is a book packed full of festive jokes as told by everyone’s favourite loser! And the hilarious artwork adds a whole new level, turning every joke into a cartoon. There’s a mixture of one-liners, stories and knock-knock jokes – more than enough material to keep you going from 5am on Christmas morning to that post-turkey afternoon slump. The ideal stocking filler for that aspiring comedian in your life!’

The Snow Spider

We’ve a winter classic to recommend for children this Christmas, in the form of The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo. Lydia Silver, Editorial Assistant, says ‘Tumble into a whirling snowstorm of Welsh myths in Jenny Nimmo’s beautiful The Snow Spider. Featuring ancient legends, hidden secrets, and a spider who weaves magical webs, this wintery story is perfect for 9-11 year olds to read by the fire.’

The Midnight Peacock

The last book in the popular Sinclair’s Mysteries series, The Midnight Peacock (The Sinclair’s Mysteries) by Katherine Woodfine makes a great book for older children and teens this Christmas. Lydia Silver, Editorial Assistant, says ‘One of the best things about Christmas is the parties, and no-one throws a Christmas party like Mr Sinclair! Budding sleuths will love this wintery finale to the Sinclair’s Mysteries series, where secrets lurk behind every beaded curtain. Full of glamour and gorgeous illustrations, this is a book to snuggle up with next to a plate of mince pies.’

Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories comes recommended by Louise Grosart, Senior Commissioning Editor. Louise says ‘This bumper edition of Michael Morporgo’s picture books for younger children contains some of his most Christmassy stories. The perfect present for the little readers in your life.’

Enid Blyton Christmas Favourites

We’ve lots of family favourites for children this Christmas, including Joe and the Magic Snowman and In Santa Claus’ Castle by Enid Blyton. Lindsey Heaven, Editorial Director, recommends these wonderful titles. ‘Is there anything more traditionally Christmas than an Enid Blyton story? And here we have not one but two Christmas short-story specials from the UK’s best-loved author. Taken from the classic Magic Faraway Tree series, these charmingly illustrated, full-colour young readers are perfect for curling up and reading together at bedtime or a special festive gift to be treasured by newly-confident readers. Just add lashings of ginger beer and a warm mince pie, of course.’

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure, written by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, is a perfect Christmas book. Liz Bankes, Commissioning Editor, Fiction, says ‘Jeff Brown’s classic Flat Stanley stories have been reissued with wonderful new illustrations by Rob Biddulph. Now obviously the most exciting Christmas moment is hanging up your stocking for Santa – and in this book, you might just get to meet the man himself… A great gift for 6+ readers and those just starting to read independently.’

Socks for Santa

Becky Brown, Editorial Assistant, suggests Socks for Santa, written by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Lee Wildish, as a great choice for young children this Christmas. Becky says ‘Adventurous George is off on a festive quest to the North Pole to find Father Christmas. This funny and heartwarming rhyming romp is perfect for reading aloud and getting everyone in the festive spirit.’

The Little Christmas Tree

Senior Commissioning Editor Emma Dods suggests The Little Christmas Tree as a great children’s Christmas book. Emma says ‘This heart-warming story contains a beautiful pop-up Christmas tree and 27 press-out decorations and play pieces to decorate your own tree – just like the animals do in the story.’

Mr Men Winter Sports

Mr Men Winter Sports comes suggested by Jane Riordan, Editor. Jane says ‘You may never dare hit the slopes again after reading this riotous story! It’ll have you rolling around with laughter.’

Thomas & Friends: The Snowy Special

Helen Archer, Editorial Assistant, loves Thomas & Friends: The Snowy Special. Helen says ‘My favourite Christmas story this year! The Thomas and Friend’s stories are a continual remind of the importance of friendship, and The Snowy Special is no exception. Plus, it is bursting with Christmas spirit, ideal for reading cuddled up with your Thomas fan.’

a tree for christmasWinnie-the-Pooh: A Tree for Christmas

Last but very definitely not least is Winnie-the-Pooh: A Tree for Christmas. This comes recommended by Catherine Shoolbred, Editor, who says Winnie-the-Pooh: A Tree for Christmas proved highly popular with a Christmas-loving three-year-old, who couldn’t wait to find out which tree was picked by Pooh and friends!’

We’ve even more wonderfully festive books on the Egmont bookshelves. Browse them today to find the perfect Christmas book for children.

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