Best Christmas Books and DVDs for Babies and Toddlers

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    Christmas is a great time to involve your young children in reading and watching DVDs, they’ll love snuggling up and getting lost in a Christmas-themed story or film, which will really fire their imaginations. Here are our Small Steps Parenting suggestions for Christmas books and DVDs for children to read and watch over the festive season. 

    Spots First Christmas. Spot's First Christmas Paperback by Eric Hill 
    Spot the dog, everyone's favourite puppy, discovers the wonders of Christmas in this delightful lift-the-flap adventure for toddlers. This is the perfect stocking filler for your little one.
    Baby's Very First Touchy-feely Christmas Book. Baby's Very First Touchy-feely Christmas Book by Stella Baggott.
    A delightful Christmas board book with high contrast illustrations and touchy-feely patches perfect for sharing with the very young. Each festive picture has a simple description beneath, to help babies learn to associate words and pictures, and a different material to feel, helping to develop important sensory skills. The last two pages show a montage of all the pictures in the book with new descriptions to help children learn their first colours. This padded 'soft touch' hardback is perfect for sharing or can be propped up for babies to see by themselves.
    That's Not My Snowman That's Not My Snowman Board book by Fiona Watt 
    A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little, white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
    Dear Santa Dear Santa Board book by Rod Campbell 
    A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present starts off a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing seems quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap a present and find out how Santa chooses the perfect gift. There's a special surprise at the end!
    Dream Snow Dream Snow (Board book) by Eric Carle
    A Christmas classic from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle's only Christmas story is now a board book! Eric Carle's DREAM SNOW has become a contemporary Christmas classic since it was published more than a decade ago. Now it's the perfect board book for a new generation of Carle fans. The edition includes board-book versions of the marvellous novelty elements that made the original so special - peekaboo animals hidden under the snow, the shimmering tree decorated for the holiday and glittery snowflakes on the cover. It's full of surprises as the Santa-like farmer dreams of snow on Christmas Eve, and wakes to discover real snow has fallen, just in time for him to give gifts to his cherished animals. Imaginative and multi-sensory, it's a Christmas book that reveals the wonder of the season.

    Peppa Pig Peppas Christmas Peppa Pig: Peppa's Christmas
    Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig are getting ready for Christmas! You can read along in this sturdy, cosy board storybook as they choose a Christmas tree, decorate the house and meet a surprise visitor. This book is perfect for little ones at Christmas time!
    The Christmas Bear The Christmas Bear Hardcover by Ian Whybrow
    When Santa sets off to deliver the presents poor Bear is left behind. How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Follow Bear on his adventures as he travels far and wide. This pop-up paperback book features a laugh-out-loud text by Ian Whybrow that is full of witty rhymes and silly scenarios, and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo. Bursting with funny details, The Christmas Bear is a Christmas book with a difference. Best of all, children can join in the fun with flaps to lift, wheels to turn, tabs to pull and pop-up surprises on every page!
    The Christmas Fairy The Christmas Fairy by Anne Booth
    When Christmas term comes around, Clara can't wait to learn everything there is to know about being a Christmas fairy. Except she's SO excited that she can't be still and quiet like a fairy should. But when it comes round to the big Christmas Show, it looks like that's exactly the kind of fairy Santa needs
    Mog's Christmas. Mog's Christmas by Judith Kerr
    Nothing is right in Mog’s house—not to mention the very large tree coming through the front door! Mog runs for the roof and there she stays . . . until she unexpectedly returns to the house with a bump!
    The Jolly Christmas Postman The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) by Allan Ahlberg
    It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone's favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody's hearts.
    The Night Before Christmas
    The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore
    The enchanting poem tells the story of a man who, while his wife and children are fast asleep, awakens on Christmas Eve to curious noises outside of his house. As he looks out of the window he witnesses a sleigh, pulled by eight reindeer, flying high across the sky before landing, to the mans great surprise, on the roof of his very own house. The events that follow mark the beginning of the tradition of Santa Claus and the joy that he brings to children on Christmas night. 
    The Little Reindeer The Little Reindeer by Michael Foreman 
    The smallest reindeer is exploring Santa's workshop when he accidentally falls into the gift-wrapping machine, and finds himself being delivered as a present! The little boy who receives him is overjoyed and cares for him with devotion. One day he discovers that his reindeer is special - he can fly! When Christmas comes round again, the little reindeer disappears, but in his bed of straw the boy finds a thank you note...from Santa Claus.
    Sing Along With Me We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    Sing Along with Me: We Wish You a Merry Christmas Board book by Nosy Crow 
    This bright, slider board book bursts with energy and cheering illustrations. With five slider mechanisms, and both an instrumental and vocal version of the Merry Christmas song – simply scan the QR code on the first page for little ones to listen and sing along!
    On Angel Wings.
    On Angel Wings Hardcover by Michael Morpurgo 
    On Angel Wings is a beautifully poignant and atmospheric Christmas story from War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl's beloved illustrator, Quentin Blake. One cold Christmas night, a shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the newborn Christ child - ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret.
    The Snowman
    The Snowman - 30th Anniversary Edition DVD by Raymond Briggs
    The Snowman has been a Christmas staple ever since its original release in 1982. Based on Raymond Briggs' classic children's book, the tale of a solitary little boy whose snowman comes to life in the night and takes him on a series of adventures which culminate in a meeting with Father Christmas. It's uncluttered by modern standards and told with a gentle simplicity which renders it utterly poignant.

    Looking for the Best Books for older children? Why not take a look at;
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    Top Ten books for babies under 12 months old
    Best Books for 1 - 2 years olds
    Top Ten Books for 1 - 2 year olds
    Best Books for 2 - 3 years olds
    Top Ten Books for 2 - 3 year olds
    Best Books for 3 - 5 year olds
    Top Ten Books for 3 - 5 years olds
    or Best Audio Books for toddlers

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