Last Minute Christmas Book Ideas
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
You might remember that in the Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway earlier this month, I mentioned some Christmas themed books like Dick Bruna's The Christmas Book , I Spy Christmas Riddle Book, Where's Santa Around the World, Nicki Greenburg's The Naughtiest Reindeer and Wombat Divine. Today I want to share some more Christmas-themed books you might like, as well as two others that will make great gifts for special young readers.
Robert Sabuda's The 12 Days of Christmas Anniversary Edition: Wow! Just…wow! This is one of the most stunningly beautiful books I have ever seen. As I turned each page, my mouth opened wider, and when I reached the final intricate spread, with its tiny twinkling lights, words absolutely failed me. This is Sabuda at his masterful best. Buy it for a child who knows how to look after books, or an adult who loves art in book form. Buy it for yourself - it would make a wonderful centrepiece for Christmas, and the small enclosed Sabuda gift can hang on your tree.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original publication of his classic pop-up, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', Sabuda has created this special edition, complete with an additional, spectacular new pop-up spread, featuring a giant Christmas tree with twinkling fairy lights. With gold foil, acetate and sparkly bits, set against bold and colourful background patterns with Sabuda's trademark white pop-ups, this enchanting classic will enthral fans, both old and new, for generations to come.
List Price $39.99 Simon and Schuster.
My Christmas Crackers: What is Christmas without a joke or two? A perfect stocking filler, My Christmas Crackers will appeal to young jokesmiths everywhere. Q: "What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? A: Tinsellitis!"
Scholastic Australia 2013 RRP $9.99.
My Merry Christmas: Here's a cute Christmas-themed book by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley that shows us Christmas from some animals' perspectives. With large simple illustrations and few words, it will suit kids under 6, and introduce them incidentally to different animals across the world.
Scholastic Press 2013 RRP $16.99.
We Wish You a Ripper Christmas: Some kids are looking for a book that's high-energy. Crammed with Aussie flavour, We Wish You a Ripper Christmas by Colin Buchanan,Greg Champion and Roland Harvey has koalas, goannas, galahs and dingos with a Santa Wombat to boot. The repeated chorus means that young readers can join in and raise the roof in fine Aussie tradition. Harvey's illustrations are quintessentially rural Australia, and the bonus CD ensures kids can sing along too. Scholastic Australia 2013 RRP $19.99.
Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker: Fans of Blossom Possum will enjoy this new adventure in the series. Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker was written by Gina Newton and delightfully illustrated by Christina Booth. Lots of Aussie flavour in this book, and plenty to make kids giggle: like sock-chewing reinroos and lots of rhyming named companions who try to help Blossom save Bush Christmas.
It was Christmas Eve down under, Koala Claws' last stop for the night.
'I’m sooo hot and tired,' he thought. 'A quick nap will see me right.
NB: I found this one difficult to read aloud because of the rhythm and rhyme.
Scholastic Press 2013, RRP $19.99.
Not Christmas-themed books but what lovely gifts these next three books will make!
Seadog by Claire Saxby and Tom Jellett. This delightful children's picture book is a romp from start to finish. It reminded me why I have always suspected poets make the very best picture book writers. Kids will have an instant affinity for this "jump-and-chase-the-waves dog…find-and-roll-in-fish dog", and will love the bouncy text. Jellett's illustrations have a limited palette perfectly suited to the story. Random House RRP 14.99/$19.95.
Walking with Dinosaurs: Dinopedia: With Walking with Dinosaurs: the 3D Movie set to open in January 2014, what a great gift this makes for young fans. Some kids crave facts, not stories, and facts is what they will get in this sturdy and colourful hard-backed book by Steve Brusatte. Studded with stills from the movie, it will appeal to younger kids because of that, but Mum and Dad will have to share snippets aloud. I suspect the text itself could be independently read by kids 11+. A great resource for schools!
Pan Macmillan Australia RRP $12.99.
Zolocolor! Toodle-oo Doodle-oo: Many kids love to colour. What I love about this graphically stunning softcover book by Byron Glaser and Sandra Higashi is the potential for doing more than colour. Published by Simon and Schuster, this will encourage young artists to explore, imagine and create, and have fun with it. Some pages are detailed, some are sparse, but all are quirky and contain such interesting design elements. It makes a great companion gift to the iPad app, ZoLO.
Simon and Schuster 2013: RRP $12.99
May you have a wonderful Christmas break, filled with love, laughter and loads of lovely books! You'll also find lots of great book suggestions for children in my Reviews category.