Order your Christmas reading
November 4, 2015

At Living Paintings there is a wonderful array of exciting children’s books for the Christmas season. Here’s a selection of our favourites.

By Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes

The front cover of Shhhh - with an illustration of Father Christmas and presents

It’s Christmas Eve – Santa’s favourite time of year. He sings and laughs noisily, as he delivers his presents. Will his high spirits wake the children before Christmas morning?

The Stone
By Dianne Hofmeyr and Jude Daly

The front cover of The Stone - with an illustration of the three wise men looking out from a tower

In an ancient Persian town astronomers discover a star that fills the sky with a fiery light. Intrigued, they search through their scrolls and come across the legend of a remarkable baby. They set off with precious gifts to honour the child. In return, he gives them a small stone, which they think is worthless until they cast it away into a well. A thought-provoking legend offering a fascinating perspective on the story of the Three Wise Men.

The Snow Lady
By Shirley Hughes

The front cover of The Snow Lady - with an illustration of a boy and a girl making a snowman

Sam loves playing in Trotter Street with her dog Mick and her friend Barney, despite Mrs Dean’s complaining. “Mrs Mean”, Barney calls her – and that’s what he writes by the snow lady that they build in front of her house on Christmas Eve. But they find out that Mrs Dean isn’t as cold-hearted as she seems….

Is that you, Father Christmas?
By Siobhan Dodds

The front cover of Is That You Father Christmas? - with an illustration of a girl and her Christmas tree

It’s Christmas Eve and Holly is too excited to sleep. She keeps hearing noises – tinkling, whooshing, crackling. “Is that you, Father Christmas?” she asks. But it isn’t. Will Father Christmas ever come? This lovely story captures perfectly the excitement and anticipation all young children feel at Christmas.

The Fox’s Tale: Jesus is Born
By Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

The front cover of The Fox's Tale: Jesus is Born - with an illustration of a nativity scene

The story of the birth of Jesus seen through the eyes of a fox. He’s searching for food on the hills of Bethlehem when he is startled by a bright light and hears the sound of angels singing.

One Snowy Night
By Nick Butterworth

The front cover of One Snowy Night - with an illustration of a snowy scene

Percy, the park keeper, always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one very cold winter night his animal friends require more of him than just food. One by one they appear, shivering on his doorstep, asking for shelter. Soon there is no room in the bed for Percy.

Classic Tales

 Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story
By Lynn Roberts and David Roberts

The front cover of  Cinderella an Art Deco Love Story - with an illustration of Cinderella leaving the ball

Cinderella moves into the era of flapper girls and the Charleston. Too blind to see what he is doing, Cinderella’s father marries unwisely and brings home a heartless wife, her argumentative daughters and nasty little dog. They make life miserable for Cinderella until she triumphs in the marriage stakes.

Peter and The Wolf 
Retold by Ian Beck

The front cover of  Peter and the Wolf - with an illustration of Peter in the forest

Peter and the Wolf was composed by the Great Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. This timeless tale is beautifully retold and illustrated by award-winning author, Ian Beck.

Family Favourites

The Gruffalo
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

 The front cover of  The Gruffalo - with an illustration of The Gruffalo and a mouse

This is the story of a quick-witted mouse who encounters lots of animals wanting to make him a tasty treat. To escape from a hungry fox, a not-so-wise owl, and a slimy snake he spins extraordinary yarns about the scary gruffalo. But then he realises that the hungry beast he has been describing isn’t imaginary after all!

Mog the Forgetful Cat
By Judith Kerr

The front cover of Mog the Forgetful Cat - with an illustration of Mog

Mog is very forgetful and her owners are usually crying ‘Bother that cat!’ However, one evening Mog’s forgetfulness enables her to foil a burglar, resulting in a medal for bravery and two eggs for breakfast every day!

The Gruffalo’s Child
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The front cover of Gruffalos Child - with an illustration of the Gruffalo and Child

One dark night the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist . . . does he?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

The front cover of We're going on a Bear Hunt - with an illustration of an older brother and his younger brothers and sisters

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

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