Book List: Christmas Books for Babies and Toddlers

Christmas Book List for Babies and Toddlers by My Little Bookcase

Little Owl and the Star Board Book

Author/Illustrator: Mary Murphy

Imprint: Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406301861

Format: Board book

Australian RRP: $14.95

A nativity story for the very young child. Little Owl follows the Star, as do three men on camels and shepherds with their sheep. They soon find themselves part of the happiest scene on Earth.

Peppa Pig's Christmas WishPeppa’s Christmas Wish

Format: Board book

Publisher: Ladybird Books, September 2014

RRP: $9.99

Have you met a child who doesn’t love Peppa Pig? That’s why I had to include this book on the list. Peppa makes a wish when she is making Christmas pudding with Granny Pig. Peppa’s wish comes true on Christmas morning when Santa realises he has forgotten to deliver Peppa’s gift through the night.

The Christmas Book

Christmas books for toddlers and babies by My Little Bookcase

Author/Illustrator: Dick Bruna

ISBN:  9781921288814

Imprint:  Hardie Grant Books, Reprinted 2013

RRP:     $19.95

Simply  illustrated, this book tells the timeless story of the Christmas nativity.

Christmas books for babies and toddlers by My Little BookcaseA Christmas Carol

Author: Jennifer Adams

Illustrator: Alison Oliver

ISBN: 978-1423625759

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 2012

RRP: $14.99

Jennifer Adams cleverly introduces babies to colours and to Charles Dickens with this bold concept book.  This classic story is summarised by the use of single objects (e.g. black hat, silver chains, gold star), some well-known phrases and clever illustrations.

Christmas books for babies and toddlers by My Little BookcaseThat’s Not My Santa

By: Fiona Watt

ISBN: 978-0746098356

Format: Textured Board Book

Publisher: Usborne Publishing, June 2012.

RRP: $14.99

A bold sensory book for babies that will have them reaching out for Santa’s soft hat, sparkly sleigh and squashy boots.

Happy Christmas, Maisy

Lucy Cousins


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books, October 2011

RRP: A$19.95

Join Maisy in celebrating the festive season, with this new edition of the bestselling novelty book. From wrapping presents and making the cake to putting up the shiny decorations and hanging up her stocking, Maisy’s preparations are bursting with excitement and colour and fun. Full of flaps to lift, tabs to pull and lots of sparkly surprises, this is the perfect mini stocking-filler for Maisy fans everywhere.

Suitable for ages 1+

Christmas Time

Author: Alison Jay

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Books, November 2010

ISBN:     9781921759130

Format: Board book

RRP:     $14.95

Each page features a different Christmas object, which is named to encourage vocabulary building, and each illustration is full of Alison Jay’s trademark visual jokes and hidden links. In addition, a magical adventure unfolds wordlessly through the illustrations: two wakeful children creep downstairs on Christmas Eve, meet Father Christmas and are taken on an amazing adventure to his home in the North Pole and back again.

Suitable for ages 2+

Merry Christmas Little One

Sandra Magsamen


Format: Board book

Publisher: LB Kids (Hachette Books), November 2010

RRP: A$16.99

Publisher’s description: Celebrate Christmas with a joyful new lift-the-flap board book – includes padded cloth Christmas tree on cover!, heartfelt rhymes and engaging illustrations.

Suitable for ages 1+

Tickly Christmas Wibbly Pig

Mick Inkpen


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books (Hachette Books), October 2010

RRP: A$16.99

Publisher’s Description: Big Aunt Larlie is coming to stay and she’s brought her knitting needles and lots of balls of wool. She has already given Wibbly a scarf and some gloves and now Wibbly is worried that there is another tickly Christmas present on the way… A perfect tale of a small child’s anticipation of Christmas.

Suitable for ages 2+

An Aussie Day Before Christmas Board Book

Author/Illustrator: Kilmeny Niland

Publisher : SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA, October 2010

ISBN: 978-1741695090

Format: Board Books

RRP: $9.99

In this fun and colourful book children discover how Santa would prepare for Christmas Eve if he lived in Australia. He wears shorts and a singlet; eats a breakkie of snags, toast and honey; and he piles his sacks full of pressies into his old ute that is pulled by ‘roos. The fun-to-read-aloud rhyming verse has been especially adapted for younger readers.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)


The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Heath McKenzie

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books)

ISBN: 9781742031118

Format: Board Book

RRP: $12.99

The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas

This is a funny Australian rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. All starts off quite romantic with a kookaburra up a gum tree, but with penguins licking ice-creams, flies hanging around mince pies and emus playing football it all becomes a bit of a ruckus. This will be a hit with kids that like a bit of silliness.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)

Whose… Present?

Publisher: Ladybird, 27 September 2010

ISBN: 9781409306566

Format: Board Book

RRP: $12.95

Publisher’s Description: Read the rhyming text with your child and talk about what clues you can see in the pictures, and what you think the present is each time. Then lift the flaps to reveal just who the present belongs to!

Spot’s First Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Eric Hill

Publisher: Warne

ISBN: 9780723264132

Format: Board Book

RRP: $12.95

Lift the flaps and join Spot as he finds out about presents, Christmas trees and all the excitement.

Dear Santa

Rod Campbell


Format: Board book

Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books, October 2009

RRP: $A12.99

If you love Dear Zoo, you’re bound to love Dear Santa. Santa responds to a letter by sending a string of gifts. Children need to lift the flaps to find out what presents Santa is sending until they find one which is just right.

Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★★)

Grug and His First Christmas

Ted Prior


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia, November 2009

Grug is getting ready for Christmas. Join him in his adventures.

Suitable for ages 0+

Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell


Format: Board book

Publisher: Orchard (Hachette Books), October 2008

RRP: A$12.99

This is a classic and beautiful retelling of the Nativity story for young children in which an ox kindly welcomes animals, Joseph and Mary into his stable. The animals are there to welcome baby Jesus into the world later that night.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)

Maisy’s Christmas Day

Lucy Cousins


Format: Board book

Publisher: Walker Books, September 2008

RRP: $11.95

Publisher’s Description: Hurray! It’s Christmas Day and Maisy is celebrating with all her friends. After some exciting present-opening, they sing a Christmas carol to Maisy’s new guitar and then sit down to a delicious feast.

Suitable for ages 0+


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