December is finally upon us guys and, for those who don’t celebrate Christmas until December, now is the time to listen to Christmas music, put the tree up (unless you wait until later in the month) and finally indulge in all the Christmassy goodness that the shops have been displaying since October.
Every year, I take a nosey round the bookshop and pick my favourite Christmas books for the year. A lot of the time, they’re children’s book, because children seem to always get the most fun books at Christmas time!
So without further ado, and in no particular order…
Paddington’s Post by Michael Bond and R.W. Alley
This book is based on the original stories but this time features real mail to open whilst you read the book!
This funny interactive picture book explores Paddington’s new life in London after travelling all the way from Darkest Peru and meeting Mr and Mrs Brown at Paddington station.
Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up
This book reminds me of an advent calendar. It features a huge pop-up tree and various doors filled with ornaments to hang on the tree. Basically a re-usable advent calendar for years to come!
Angel on the Roof by Shirley Hughes
You can’t quite have Christmas without a Shirley Hughes book and this year, it features a well-known feature of the Christmas story, an angel.
A young boy called Lewis Brown is looking out of a window and wishing that someone might notice him. Then he spots a single golden feather floating down from the heavens and discovers an angel on the roof. And so begins a great friendship, as the angel takes Lewis under his wing on an adventure that will change everything, and allow Lewis, his family and his friends, to start to see the world around them for the better.
The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
I’ve just finished reading this book and throughly enjoyed it. I haven’t read his first one, but if it’s anything like this, I’ll have to go back and read it soon!
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
Murder at Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season edited by Cecily Gayford
I always say that I’ll pick one of these anthologies up for Christmas Day reading… maybe this year?
Here, ten masters of the genre serve up mystery and mayhem aplenty. From a dowager’s missing diamonds to a Christmas party gone horribly wrong, these classic crime stories will delight, puzzle and satisfy long after the last strands of tinsel have been packed away.
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books, want to read any of these books, or if theres any there are any Christmas books for 2019 you’d recommend and I should add to my list.