There are many Christmas-themed books released towards the end of the year- here are a few of the ones aimed at younger children (under 5 years of age).
Peter Rabbit: Happy Christmas! – Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit has transformed quite a bit since he was first introduced to the world in 1902. Although the concept behind the cheeky rabbit hasn’t changed, his imagery has, thanks to the animated television show that has been produced for a new generation of fans. As a result, many of the Peter Rabbit books that you will find nowadays feature this newly animated character, rather than the original coloured pencil drawings most of us are familiar with.
This Christmas-themed board book fits into the newly animated category, but that doesn’t detract from the sweet story. It’s Christmas Eve, and Peter (along with his friends Benjamin and Lily) want to deliver Christmas presents to everyone in the woods. After they pick some lovely presents at the shop, they are ready to head out, but along the way they run into a bit of trouble. Can they enlist the help of Squirrel Nutkin and his band of cheeky squirrels to help save the day, or will Christmas be ruined? Children are sure to love these cute characters as they set off on a Christmas goodwill adventure…
Rating: 3/5 Published: December 2013
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 123 – Eric Carle
Featuring Eric Carle’s familiar and iconic illustrations this little book is a perfect addition to your child’s Christmas present. Counting from one to ten over a double-page spread, children can learn each number (both written and numerically), and count out loud each of the Christmas-themed objects. Even if the educational appeal isn’t there, little ones will still have fun searching for the Very Hungry Caterpillar on each page. Bright, colourful and full of learning fun, this is one kids’ Christmas book that can be brought out time and time again.
Rating: 3/5 Published: October 2014
Peppa’s Christmas Wish (Peppa Pig)
It’s Christmas Eve, and after a quick visit to Santa’s grotto to give him their wish lists, Peppa and her family head over to stay with Granny and Grandpa Pig, where they will be spending Christmas. Peppa, George and Granny Pig decide to make a Christmas pudding (‘Don’t forget to make a wish!’) and then they go to bed in anticipation of the next day. At lunchtime on Christmas day, they eat the delicious pudding and go to open their presents. George gets exactly what he wanted, but where is Peppa’s present? Has Santa really forgotten her? And will her Christmas pudding wish come true? The vibrant illustrations and the touching story in this board book are sure to keep any young fans of Peppa Pig entertained.
Rating: 3/5 Published: September 2014
Maisy’s Christmas Tree – Lucy Cousins
Decorating the tree can be one of the most entertaining Christmas activities for young children to participate in, and this shaped board book featuring Maisy and her friends goes through each fun step. They string up the fairy lights, baubles, and sugar canes, and then wrap the presents to put under the tree. An angel on top completes the decorating fun, then the Christmas carol singing can begin! Lucy Cousins’ popular mouse character is bright and cheerful, and with easy-to-wipe clean pages, this book will make a more than suitable gift for the little person in your life.