Fresh Festive Fiction – a round-up of truly seasonal reads

Looking for some of the freshest festive fiction around? Then look no further. Click on the image or title to see a few of our favourites for a truly seasonal read:

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Jake Parker

A jaunty festive rhyme with jam-packed illustrations makes for a supercharged Christmas story. The countdown to Christmas has begun and with just two weeks to go until the big night, the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh isn’t up to the job.

Chirri and Chirra – The Snowy Day by Kay Doi

As we follow this utterly adorable pair on their wintry journey through Kaya Doi’s whimsical illustrations and quirky story, you won’t fail to be won over by the pairs’ enchanting characters. Read our review here.

Make and Play Nativity by Joey Chou

An innovative activity book and an original way to share the story of Christmas with a younger audience. An easy-to-make festive scene with sturdy pop-out pieces and simplicity of the construction makes for a compelling book for little hands.

The Nutcracker by Shobhna Patel

Shobhna Patel has incorporated a new paper engineering technique called the ‘paperscope’ and we have tried to illustrate the delicate but powerful storytelling in each of these pop-out spreads in our pictures. Read our review here.

14956662_10154534023820446_3351939626395784370_nThe Storm Whale In Winter by Benji Davies is the perfect follow-up to a story that will forever be locked in our hearts.

The next installment sees the tables turned as this time, the whale is needed to come to Noi’s rescue. Read our review here.

14925502_10154534023990446_2512692616391993607_nOllie’s Christmas Reindeer by Nicola Killen is a most enchanting and charming story which would make a great Christmas Eve tale for any young family.

Amongst the monochromatic spreads are delightful details including small die-cut panels, glimmers of silver foil detailing and splashes of festive red. Read our review here.

14993423_10154534023875446_2807060178297213503_nA tale of an unlikely friendship, The Wish Tree provides a magical wintry read.

As the intrepid couple venture further into their journey, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways and with the simplest of gestures. Read our review here.


An uplifting story of friendship, bravery, separation and the utmost determination.

A Dot In The Snow is one story that readers everywhere will delight in. A curious polar bear cub wanders away from his mother and spots a dot in the snow…Read our review here.


Jenni Desmond has a stunning illustrative style, delicate but powerful story-telling and an in-depth knowledge of her subject matter.

The Polar Bear is testament to all of that and then some! Read our review here.

14956450_10154534023815446_1850926686338771663_nAnother much anticipated sequel sees Otto and Ernest in Otto The Book Bear In The Snow. They love nothing more than for their book to be borrowed and read. But they are desperate to get back to the library for the special winter party. It’s time for an incredible adventure through the snow… Read more here.


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beautifully designed commemorative edition. It celebrates the twentieth anniversary of this classic book, written and illustrated by the incomparable visionary Tim Burton.

Read more here.


Walking In A Winter Wonderland is a joyous celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, based on the bestselling song Winter Wonderland, as sung by Grammy award-winner Peggy Lee.

Read more here.


The Queen has raced around London and dashed all over the UK. Now, in The Queen’s Present she is setting off around the world in search of the perfect Christmas present – and she’s not alone. Father Christmas is here to help! 

15032157_10154534023870446_244612654991357903_nFirst Snow sees a young girl wakes up to the year’s first snowy day. From her initial glimpse out the window to her poignant adventures—rolling a snowman, making snow angels—the girl’s quiet quests are ones all young readers will recognise.


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