7 of the best Christmas board books

Board books are the perfect way to engage babies and toddlers in a story.

We love their chunky form and sturdy pages that are easy to hold, explore… and keep in tact! They make perfect stocking fillers too.

Here are five that we think every child should find under the tree…

1 Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee. £6.99, Andersen Press. 

The much-loved patchwork elephant teams up with Papa Red to give the young elephants a Christmas surprise to remember. They travel to see snow for the first time and get to spot someone special flying in, but in return for this magical experience, the children learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others. It has a gorgeous sparkly cover too.

Read about David McKee’s favourite five books

2 Dream Snow by Eric Carle. £6.99, Puffin. 

When a farmer falls asleep on Christmas Eve, he wakes to find his dream of snow has come true. But he needs to get his presents to his animals, so he pulls on his warmest clothes (which leave him looking suspiciously like Father Christmas…) and sets off through the white world to deliver them. With flaps to explore, numbers to learn and Carle’s signature collage illustrations, this book is made for curious little fingers and minds.

Read about why we love Eric Carle’s classic books

3 Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. £6.99, Alison Green Books.

The humble stick is elevated to a literary action hero in this joyous and smart rhyming tale by the children’s book dream team. In a plot that’s like a mash up of Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone, Stick Man must overcome and avoid danger and death, travelling far and wide to try and get back to his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. Will he make it home in time for Christmas?

The books of Julia and Axel are the subject of an exhibition at Discover Story Centre in London until September 2018. Read our review of this lovely venue for a day out

4 That’s Not My Elf by Fiona Watt. £6.99, Usborne. 

This elf-themed edition of the celebrated ‘That’s Not My…’ board book series will let the youngest members of your family to join in with Christmas story time. The textured patches, repetitive language and simple drawings are just made to grab your baby’s attention. And there’s a lovely sparkly bell at the end to enjoy.

That’s Not My Lamb was one of our 10 best books of baby’s first year – what others made the list?

5 The First Christmas by Rod Campbell. £5.99, Macmillan. 

The bestselling Dear Zoo author gives the nativity story a simple retelling in this sweet book that will appeal to babies as much as older children. The drawings are in Rod’s classic style, with distinct outlines and appealing faces, while the text is uncomplicated and easy to follow. It’s a great introduction to the main characters and events around the birth of Jesus.

Read our review of Dear Zoo

6 Snow Dog by Raymond Briggs. £7.99, Puffin

This special edition dog-shaped book is the perfect introduction to the Snow Dog and Snowman characters for tiny children. The rhyming story is very simple but beautifully coloured and the cover has a lovely flocked nose for little fingers to stroke. Baby Bookworm is very taken with his “doggie”.

7 The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. £12.99, Puffin. 

It’s Christmas Eve and one of the Ahlbergs’ most loved characters sets out to deliver seasons greetings to the residents on his round. He peddles up hill and down dale to ensure Red Riding Hood receives a gift from Mr Wolf (a game appropriately called Beware) and hospitalised Humpty Dumpty gets a get-well jigsaw. With its interactive cards and gifts, and cast of familiar fairytale characters, this clever book never fails to charm. Because who can resist opening those little envelopes?

Read our review of the Ahlbergs’ Each Peach Pear Plum

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