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Christmas books published: December 2011

New releases this month have a very festive feel. Baby's First Christmas Lullabies is beautifully illustrated, and comes complete with a cd full of festive tunes, while Mouse's Christmas Wish is a lovely heart warming story, perfect for this time of year.


Baby’s First Christmas Lullabies (with CD)

By Fiona Watt and Elena Temporin

Published by UsborneReading Zone December 2011
ISBN 9781409538462
RRP £9.99

This beautifully colourful board book makes a gorgeous Christmas gift. The sturdy pages each includes the words of traditional carols and songs including Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, In the Bleak Midwinter and How Far is it to Bethlehem?

The CD also includes a medley of other seasonal, classical tunes such as O Little One Sweet (JS Bach) and Vivaldi’s Winter.

Each page is simply but distinctively illustrated and, with the accompanying CD, this is a perfect gift for very young children – and one that parents will also enjoy.



Father Christmas Needs a Wee

By Nicholas Allan

Published by HutchinsonReading Zone December 2011
RRP £4.99

It’s good to see this funny and seasonal counting book made available in a smaller format that is perfect for toddlers and younger children.

It is also a subject that young (and older) children can identify with – Father Christmas needs a wee as he’s been ‘drinking drinks since half past three’ when his annual delivery round began. The humour is fuelled by images of an increasingly frantic, cross-legged Santa.

Each house offers a number of drinks (‘At number 3, three cups of tea. At number 4, he’d had four more!’) and so on until he reaches number 10 – and realises that in his rush, he’s forgotten to leave the presents behind!

The illustrations are simple but fun and children will enjoy following the counting game – and wondering just when and how Father Christmas will find the loo!


3 - 5 years

Mouse’s Christmas Wish

By Judi Abbot

Published by CorgiReading Zone December 2011
ISBN 9780552563246
RRP £5.99

This story has a special message about the importance of friendship and sharing, perfectly wrapped up in a sparkly, seasonal cover. If you are looking for a stocking-filler with a warm Christmas message, this will tick all the boxes.

Rabbit decides to invite all her friends – Duck, Bear, Dog, Mole and Mouse – to stay with her for Christmas. Mouse goes into a frenzy of activity to get ready to go, while the other animals set off at a leisurely pace on their journeys to Rabbit’s house.

After a number of mishaps, Mouse decides it is safer to stay at home in bed – but Rabbit’s guests soon arrive to change his mind and there is a funny twist in the final pages, too.

The snowy scenes, frosty forests and a glimpse of Santa at the end all help deliver the message that Christmas is just around the corner – and the best way to spend it is with those you love.


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