There's an Elf in Your Book, Santa Post and Merry Christmas Baked Potato on Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall's recommended festive reading list
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. Christmas can be a whirlwind of present buying and planning, and it can be hard to find time to slow down.
So cuddling up for a bedtime story with your child is the perfect way for both of you to relax while building up that festive feeling.
Here are some perfect picture books to snuggle up with in the run-up to Christmas...
Santa Post by Emma Yarlett
An irresistible festive follow-up from award-winning author-illustrator Emma Yarlett, with hilarious letters and parcels to open.
Santa receives post from children all over the world. But when Amy sends him a letter, he just can't work out what she wants as her gift. Will Santa manage to find Amy the right present in time for Christmas Eve?
This joyous story sparkles with Emma Yarlett's vibrant illustrations and quirky humour.
Emma is appearing at this year's Festival of Literature at Bishop's Stortford College. See www.festivalofliterature.co.uk for more details.
Mr. Men, Little Miss: The Christmas Elf by Adam Hargreaves
Little Miss Naughty really doesn't want to be on the naughty list this Christmas!
Do you know how Father Christmas knows if you've been good? He has lots and lots of help. Lots and lots of little helpers.
One of his little elves is sent to keep an eye on Little Miss Naughty. But she can't believe the scale of her naughtiness. It's no wonder she's on Father Christmas' naughty list.
Can Little Miss Naughty be good this year instead?
Merry Christmas, Baked Potato by Matt Lucas
"If you look high up in the sky
(I'm talking higher than a parrot)
You'll see a root veg flying by
(and no, I do not mean a carrot)."
Join Santa Baked Potato as he makes Christmas wishes come true (and delivers plenty of presents) in this fun-filled, festive follow-up to the chart-topping Thank You, Baked Potato.
And it's accompanied by a spud-tacular Christmas song, composed and performed by Matt!
Ketchup on Your Reindeer by Nick Sharratt
Do you like ketchup on your Christmas tree? Or a Santa hat on your Christmas pud?
Discover all these bonkers combinations and more in Ketchup on Your Reindeer, the fabulous festive follow-up to Nick Sharratt's classic picture book bestseller, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?
Flip the colourful split pages to choose your own combinations, and find out just how crazy Christmas can be!
The Most Wonderful Gift in the World by Mark Sperring
On Christmas morning, Esme and Bear wake up to find a gift under the tree that's not for either of them. So the two set out to find the present's recipient, Little Bunny Boo-Boo.
They travel on the Treacherous Path through the snow, encounter the Howling Gale and push their way through deep, deep snow drifts to Little Bunny Boo-Boo's house. Little do they know that the gift they are bringing is the greatest gift in the world.
A heart-warming Christmas tale about the magic of friendship.
There's an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott
Golly gumdrops - a little elf has found their way into your book! What does Elf want? Oh! Just to see if you've been naughty or nice this year!
Elf will ask you a few simple questions to find out. And surely there won't be any tricks to try and get you to be naughty, will there?
Hmmm, this could be quite a tricksy little elf. You'd better keep your wits about you if you want to make it onto Santa's nice list!
The Night After Christmas by Kes Gray and Claire Powell
A brilliantly funny Christmas picture book from the bestselling author of Oi Frog!
Phew! Now that the presents are all delivered, Santa and his elves can enjoy their own festive fun! With crackers and presents, dance-offs and light shows, Santa's Boxing-night party is the North Pole's biggest event of the year!
A hilarious follow-up to the bestselling The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, this rhyming picture book is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what Santa gets up to once all the presents are delivered.
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Tohl and Jarvis
From Alan's Big, Scary Teeth creator Jarvis and author Patricia Toht comes a beautiful, irresistible Christmas gift book that all begins with picking a pine tree! Brimming over with the excitement of being with family in the festive season, the gorgeously rhythmical, read-aloud narrative is accompanied by warm, joyful art celebrating all the familiar rituals of decorating the tree, from digging out jam-packed boxes of trimmings, stringing tinsel, to, at last, turning on those twinkly fairy lights.