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Emma O’Donovan rounds up the best reads for baby’s first Christmas


Christmas ABC by Jannie Ho
This first alphabet book is packed with festive details encouraging letter-sound practice, with bright illustrations and sturdy pages.
£5.99, Nosy Crow 


This is the Kiss
by Claire Harcup and Gabriel Alborozo

This charming, lyrical picture book celebrates the bond between parent and child, with illustrations that will warm even the frostiest of hearts!
£7.88, Walker Books

Listen to the Christmas Songs by Marion Billet
Perfect for sharing, this book provides more than just a jingle. Easy-to-use fingerprint points activate six jolly songs, bringing the bold illustrations to life.
£7.99, Nosy Crow 

Snow by Sam Usher
This mini gift edition tells the tale of a boy and his grandfather experiencing the excitement and anticipation of a fresh fall of snow, but are they the only ones looking forward to a snowball fight? A delightfully sensitive future classic.
£6.99, Templar Publishing 

Morris Wants More by Amélie Falière and Joshua Seigal
An anarchic retelling of the 12 days of Christmas: Will Morris’s greedy behaviour get the better of him? This read is brilliantly funny.
£11.99, Flying Eye Books 

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snow Globe gift book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
The unique snow globe cover adds a special festive flurry to this timeless classic. Little ones will be entranced by the well-loved and beautifully lyrical bear hunt story.
£12.38, Walker Books

 

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis
Stunning illustrations complement a beautiful narrative celebrating the rituals of decorating the tree; a classic to revisit every Christmas.
£8.98, Walker Books 

A Christmas For Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
Celebrate with Bear and Mouse in this charming story about Bear’s first-ever Christmas party. A lovely, seasonal introduction to friendship and sharing.
£12.99, Walker Books 

 

The Snowdog by Raymond Briggs
A Snowdog isn’t just for Christmas – and this board-book version can be treasured forever. A heartwarming rhyming tale for the very young, starring everyone’s favourite snowy pup.
£7.77, Puffin 

 

Christmas by Dick Bruna
This simple yet beautiful adaptation of the Nativity story by Miffy creator Dick Bruna features his trademark bold illustrations. It makes an eye-catching and supremely stylish Christmas keepsake for baby’s nursery.
£7.94, Simon & Schuster

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