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Our Best Children’s Christmas Books!

1 December 2020

We’ve begun our advent countdown here at Lion Hudson and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Are you seeking the perfect Christmas gift for your grandchild, young son or daughter, or baby? Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a book to teach your child about the true story of Christmas? Look no further! From beautifully illustrated picture books to interactive activity books, we have the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas!

We’ve only been able to choose a few of our Christmas books below, so be sure to take a look at all of our wonderful Children’s Christmas titles here.

Happy browsing!

The Gift of Christmas by Mary Joslin

The Gift of Christmas The Boy Who Blessed the World by Mary Joslin
The Gift of Christmas Mary Joslin
  • For children age 3-6
  • This beautifully illustrated book shares the story of the nativity
  • Children will delight in the good news of Christmas

This charming picture book with delightful illustrations will captivate young children with the story of the very first Christmas.

Share the story at the heart of Christmas in this beautifully illustrated retelling – the story of Mary and Joseph, shepherds and angels, wise men following a star, a humble stable, and a special newborn baby cradled in a manger.

The Jesse Tree: An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock

The Jesse Tree An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
The Jesse Tree
Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
  • An Advent activity book for children
  • This activity book offers children a unique approach to remember the family tree of Jesus
  • A memorable way to count down the days until Christmas

Learn all about the family tree of Jesus with this interactive activity book to celebrate Advent!

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree of Jesus, introducing children to people of the Bible through the Old Testament in anticipation for his coming. Decorate a tree branch or Christmas tree with 24 easy-to-make symbols and read short stories about who each symbol represents. Templates for the symbols and Bible references are provided along with a message about the meaning of each symbol.

Create an Advent calendar with a difference for children and all the family to enjoy.

Watch Richard Littledale talk about The Jesse Tree below.

The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean and Bee Willey

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean
  • For children aged 7-9
  • This beautiful storybook features a sensitive story about the transforming power of love
  • Children will be captivated by this stunning book

A story told with engaging clarity and skill, The Jesse Tree is a story of creation, faith, and sharing God’s word. Now available in a new paperback edition.

The inspiration for this book was the tradition of carved Jesse trees and stained glass windows used in medieval times to tell people Bible stories. Using her skills as a storyteller and her love of the Bible, Geraldine has written a compelling story about the creation of a modern-day Jesse tree. She weaves evocative retellings of selected Bible stories with a sensitive contemporary story about the transforming power of love.

The Newborn King by Sarah J. Dodd, Raffaella Ligi

The Newborn King by Sarah J. Dodd and Raffaella Ligi
The Newborn King
Sarah J. Dodd, Raffaella Ligi
  • For children aged 3-5
  • An engaging retelling of the first Christmas
  • A great stocking stuffer or Sunday school gift

Sincere retelling of the Nativity, beautifully illustrated in Alison Jay’s unique style, bursting with new details to share.

In this book see the story of the birth of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Nativity. There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special night.

Baby Jesus by Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe

Baby Jesus Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe
Baby Jesus
Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe
  • For children aged 2-4
  • This BIG book is ideal for shared reading.

Derived from the award-winning My Very First Bible, this well-known Bible story is presented in simple words and illustrated with child-friendly paper collage illustrations.

Notes are included for parents and teachers putting the story in context and giving ideas for discussion. The story is written in full on the back cover to help show the illustrations at the same time as reading to a large group.

How to Draw Nativity: Step-by-Step with Steve Smallman by Steve Smallman

  • For children aged 6-9
  • A fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Bible characters and animals from the nativity story
  • Includes a handy sketch pad so children can draw their own nativity scenes

Have fun with this fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Bible characters and animals from the nativity story. Based on expert illustrator Steve Smallman’s drawing workshops, it is fully illustrated and comes with a handy sketch pad to draw your own!

The Lion Nativity Colouring Book by Antonia Jackson and Felicity French

The Lion Nativity Colouring Book by Antonia Jackson and Felicity French
The Lion Nativity Colouring Book
Antonia Jackson and Felicity French
  • For children aged 7-9
  • This colouring book is intricate and inspiring
  • The nativity is presented in beautiful images to be coloured in

Bring the nativity to life and colour with this delicate and detailed colouring book of the most important birth ever.

Join the colouring craze and add a splash of colour to the story of Christmas with these beautiful and intricate black and white line drawings, just waiting for your creative input! Follow the Nativity scene by scene until you have a stunning masterpiece – your own personalised picture book.

Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do by Christina Goodings

Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do Christina Goodings
Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do
Christina Goodings
  • For children aged 5-7
  • Prepare for Christmas and keep children occupied in the holidays with 50 fun crafts!

Why just read the Christmas story when you can make it?

Gather up the glue, collect your cardboard, pick up your pens and pencils, secure you safety scissors, and get making!

With 50 different activities and crafts you can make in the run up to the Christmas period, including decorations, scenes from the Nativity story, Christmas cards and many more, you have have the most hands-on Christmas ever!

Simply laid out with illustrated, step-by-step instructions for every craft that children from ages 5 upwards will love to make, and stick, and colour with.

For more wonderful children’s Christmas books and activities, check out all our Children’s Christmas titles here.