Here are some children’s books about everyone’s favourite Christmas character, Santa Claus!
When Santa Was A Baby – Linda Bailey (Illustrated by Geneviéve Godbout)
We all recognise Santa as he is now, but like all people, he was once a baby and a child. What was he like growing up? How did he become the man we all know and love today? This delightful board book follows Santa’s growth from slightly unusual baby to curious child to jolly gift-giver. We learn about his family life, his friends and his interests as he grows up to become one of the world’s most beloved and well-recognised men of all time. While the faces of the people in the illustrations could be construed as a little bit creepy, this is otherwise a fantastic little book that explores the myth of Santa and his early life.
Rating: 4/5 Published: October 2015
Father Christmas Heard A Fart – Olaf Falafel
In this book, the familiar E-I-E-I-O! of the ‘Old McDonald Had A Farm’ nursery rhyme is combined with the introduction to Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, to create a rather unusual tale. As part of the rhyme, children are invited to recreate the different fart sounds that Father Christmas hears as he prepares to load up his sleigh on Christmas Eve. If there’s one thing that young children enjoy, it’s the sound a fart makes, and this book doesn’t disappoint in that category. Better yet, each sound is described on the bottom of the page so that the person reading the book out loud is able to replicate the sounds of each offender to perfection! Sure to amuse everyone involved, this is a fun book that will have little ones laughing and the sounds of farts (hopefully fake) echoing throughout the room…
Rating: 3.5/ 5 Published: September 2017
Wake Up, Santa! – Illustrated by Pintachan
This is a clever little board book that takes interaction to a different level. As you turn each page, the pulling action drags the panels on the page across so that the once-sleeping character ‘wakes up’ on the following page, ready to go about their Christmas preparations. After Santa wakes up, and in turn, wakes up the elves, reindeer and toys, everybody is ready to go and celebrate Christmas. Young children will love turning the pages and waking up each character, and older children are sure to be fascinated by the mechanics of such a clever little book.
Rating: 4/5 Published: October 2017
The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus – L. Frank Baum (Retold by Janeen R. Adil. Illustrated by Charles Santore)
Santa Claus’ unusual life is celebrated in this classic tale by the author of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, L. Frank Baum. Featuring a fantastical land of forest nymphs, fairies and other magical creatures, Baum has crafted a wonderful portrayal of Santa’s life, from his discovery in the woods, to his adoption by Necile the wood-nymph to his journey towards the Santa we all know and recognise today. With beautiful, traditional illustrations, this book is a definite keepsake that stands out from some of the other Christmas books available for the season.