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“A present full of presents.”

I couldn’t do a Christmas book advent and not include this national treasure. Of course, year after year it is given a too short print run and for our stores at least, it’s out of stock (for now) so if you don’t have a copy of this, snap it up as soon as you see it. It’s very hard to come by and I have my copy under lock and key.

The Jolly Christmas Postman is an homage to our lovely postmen of this country, walking street to street delivering packages and exciting letters (with not a bill in sight). Some of us may feel these days are long gone but my postman goes above the call of duty in delivering my endless book packages.In the summer, If i’m not in, he climbs over our six foot side gate (goodness knows how) and posts the package through a notched window round the side. I once came home to my cat in the utility room sink, sat on top of a package. Oh mr Postman, you have earnt a mince pie or two from me this year.

So, this book with its fantastic interative elements is a pure joy to sit down and look at. It’s so original in the concept of nursery rhymes and each letter is so carefully thought out. I just love it, it’s festive fun and the Postman certainly has an adventure in trying to get the post to everyone in the snow. Janet and Allen Ahlberg gave to the 90’s children what Julia and Axel are giving to the 00’s children. And how do we know they’re worthy children’s writers? We still want to read their books and go back to them today.

This is pure, festive fun and I see everyone’s faces light up again and again  as they turn every page.


Janet and Allen Ahlberg



£10.99 HB

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Customers often come in around Christmas asking for young children’s books which explain the religious aspect of Christmas, more specifically the story of the nativity.

This year, Usborne have gone one up on their Touchy Feely Nativity Books (9780746098349) and have published a Nativity sticker book.

It’s a fantastic, interactive way of teaching the story to children and allows them to create the Nativity scene for themselves and in my opinion, the best way of learning is by doing.

With tasteful stickers which honour the true nature and meaning of Christmas, this is a wonderful book for those looking to teach and inspire this festive season. It has a very grown up feel to it with some of the stickers but there’s a whole variety of stickers to please all tastes.


Jane Chisolm


£5.99 PB


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This little hardback book will make a beautiful Christmas gift. I recommend giving it before Christmas comes about so that children may learn the story of the first Christmas.

So at number seven of the christmas countdown is ‘The Lion, the Unicorn and Me’ by Jeanette Winterson, illustrations by Rosalind MacCurrach.

The Lion, The Unicorn and Me

I’m so excited by all the children’s books available this Christmas and this book is proof why we should be excited. It lays to reason why Children should learn about the meaning of Christmas and its origins and it’s fantastic that this book has been written and illustrated in such a way that will appeal to children far too often drawn in by ‘Mr. Men Christmas’ and ‘Letter’s to Santa’- of course that’s not to say those are bad books, certainly not but more so than ever we must remember the humbling things in life.

So what does the story tell us? It is a beautiful, passionate retelling of the first Christmas and features an understated little donkey and the story follows him as he learns about the Nativity and it’s magical wisdom.

The illustrations by Rosalind MacCurrach deserve seperate applaud, they are beautiful and maintain the traditions of the Christmas story.

A beautiful book.

ISBN: 9781407109060

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