Book recommendations

Ho ho ho, let's share a picture book!

December 10, 2018

Whether your family celebrates Christmas or other traditions, it’s often a time of year when families can spend more time together — and for little ones this is the perfect ingredient for learning.

Gifts are a big part of the lead up, but toys are no substitute for your attention and interest. The best gifts you can give your child as they grow are plenty of opportunities to talk, read, sing and play.

What’s more, many of the traditions we do at this time of year are great for early literacy.  Think sharing stories, cooking special treats, writing festive cards, singing seasonal songs or crafting some decorations together. These activities not only build excitement, they also provide memorable opportunities to learn for babies, toddlers and older children. Check your local library for special activities and if you’re looking for a topical book to share, look for some of these titles to borrow. Best of all, a trip to the library is free (and a great way to cool off in the summer heat!).

  • Wombat Devine Mem Fox and Kerry Argent

  • An aussie night before Christmas Yvonne Morrison and Kilmeny Niland

  • Pig the Elf Aaron Blabey

  • Ho! Ho! Ho! There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake Hazel Edwards

  • Grug and his first Christmas Ted Prior

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr Seuss

  • Tea and Sugar Christmas Jane Jolly

  • Christmas Wombat Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

  • John Williamson’s Christmas in Australia illustrated by Mitch Vane

  • Reindeer’s Christmas surprise Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue deGennaro

  • Applesauce and the Christmas miracle Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King