CHRISTMAS CHEER

Christmas is always a great time for giving books and there are always plenty of cute new Christmas picture books that come out this time of year. Here are a few for your Christmas list.

LILY’S WISH

Lily, is separated from her grandmother by distance and this Christmas she only has one wish. But will Santa grant it for her.

This book is a little different from your usual Christmas story because it’s about a Christmas gift that the little girl Lily doesn’t want for herself – it’s something very special that she wants to make someone else happy. This story is simply but poingnantly written by Barbara Pyett and sensitively illustrated by Serena Geddes. It’s a gentle, heartwarming book that will leave you smiling.

Lily’s Wish is published by New Frontier

WHERE’S SANTA?

Where’s Santa, by Louis Shea and published by Scholastic is a fun ‘spot the Santa’ book to keep kids amused for hours. Elvy the Elf has taken Santa’s sleigh and become lost. Readers have to help Elvy find his way back to the North Pole.

SANTA’S AUSSIE MIX-UP

Santas Aussie Mix-Up is a colourful Christmas story by Colin Buchanan and Simon Swingler. It comes with its own CD so you can sing along to the tune of Advance Australia Fair.

Santa is looking for an Australian animal to help him out but none of them seem suitable until Kangaroo and Emu turn up. They are both keen to do the job and Santa can’t choose between them. I loved the humour in both the text and illustrations in this book. It’s something the whole family can sing along to and the hilarious CD is recorded by popular children’s performer, Colin Buchanan.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH

Also coming with its own Christmas CD and published by scholastic is All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth. This is another cute, funny book with lots of colour and appeal. And young readers will relate to the problem of not being able to whistle and talk properly because they have lost their two front teeth.