Top 5 winter stories for kids

Top 5 winter stories for kids

Build excitement for the festive season with our top 5 Christmas stories for children

 Father Christmas in the snow holding a green bauble brought to him by a blue bird, cover of children's book Where's Santa Clause by Ingela P Arrhenius -nosy-crow-toddler-gurglemagazine.com

Image: Where's Santa Clause by Ingela P Arrhenius, Nosy Crow

For most families with small children, this time of year is all about a mysterious man with a beard and a red coat sneaking into the living room and leaving gifts under a Christmas tree. But while you might be bursting with excitement for ‘his’ arrival, your little one could be slightly anxious about a stranger coming into your house at night.Or they may simply be too young to truly understand what is going on.

Share one of these seasonal stories to familiarise your baby or toddler with Father Christmas, and teach them about all the fun there is to be had during the most wonderful time of the year.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore illustrated by Rosie Butcher -miles-kelly-gurglemagazine.com

Image: The Night Before Christmas by Celement C. Moore, illustrated by Rosie Butcher, Miles Kelly

This poem by Clement C. Moore is arguably the most famous Christmas story after the birth of the man the celebration is all about. In this version, illustrator Rosie Butcher gives a modern feel to the almost 200-year-old tale of St Nick and his visit, set in a house that looks familiar. Her Father Christmas is also a jolly chap with twinkly eyes, a nose like a cherry and a smile a mile wide. Your child can’t fail to fall in love. From age two.£5.99, mileskelly.net.

The Christmas Bear

The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler, children's Christmas stories -miles-kelly-gurglemagazine.com

Image: The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler, Pan Macmillan

When Bear misses his ride on Santa’s sleigh and is left behind in the workshop, he gives chase to try and make it to Tom’s house in time for Christmas morning. Your child needs to lift the fl aps to see how our intrepid teddy journeys through ice-cold seas and snowy forests back to his beloved boy. Ian Whybrow’s witty rhyming text and Axel Scheffler’s amusing artwork combine to create a host of crazy animal characters, silly scenarios and sightings of Santa. From age one. £5.99, panmacmillan.co.uk

Emily Brown and Father Christmas

Emily Brown and Father Christmas by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton, children's books -hachette-childrens-gurglemagazine.com

Image: Emily Brown and Father Christmas by Cresside Cowell and Neal Layton, Hachette Children's

Kind, resourceful and strong-minded – Emily Brown is one of the most compelling female characters of the picture book world. She comes to the aid of an ailing Father Christmas, who has tried to modernise his present delivery operation only to end up stressed and ill. The wise little girl tucks him up and takes charge, ensuring children receive their gifts, assisted by bunny sidekick Stanley. A charming tale from Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton which sums up the spirit of the season. From age three.£12.99, hachettechildrens.co.uk

Touchy-feely Father Christmas

Touchy-feely Father Christmas by Fiona Watt and Rebecca Finn, children's books -usborne-gurglemagazine.com

Image: Touchy-feely Father Christmas by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rebecca Finn, Usborne

Enjoy a sensory seasonal experience thanks to this chunky board book which follows the main man as he packs up his sleigh on Christmas Eve and heads out to deliver presents.The text by Fiona Watt is simple to follow while the illustrations by Rebecca Finn are full of festivities. Your child will enjoy stroking Santa’s fluffy coat, peering through the windows and touching the textured wrapping paper. Look out for a special little helper – the famous mouse from
the ‘That’s Not My…’ series. From birth.£10.99, usborne.co.uk

Where's Santa Clause?

Where's Santa Clause by Ingela P Arrhenius  children's Christmas story -nosy-crow-gurglemagazine.com

Image: Where's Santa Clause by Ingela P Arrhenius, Nosy Crow

Set out on a search for Santa with this hide-and-seek board book which introduces your baby to a cast of Christmas characters. Ingela P Arrhenius’s super stylish artwork has hints of festive gold to grab your little one’s attention. The flaps concealing Mrs Polar Bear, Mr Snowman and friends are made from soft felt; easy for tiny hands to grab. And there’s an exciting surprise at the end: a mirror so your baby can ‘seek out’ themselves. From birth. £6.99, nosycrow.com.

 

Words: Alex Lloyd

 

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