Monthly Archives: December 2017

Book Advent – 14th December The Best of Times by Michael Morpurgo ilustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

A pocket sized book with a fairy tale feel and illustrations that are fitting and appealing this would make a lovely Christmas gift for a newly confident reader or a poignant read aloud for slightly younger children. When Prince Frederico … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 13th December Lucky Wish Mouse – White Christmas by Clara Vulliamy

This magical story starring Lucky Wish Mouse and her ten tinies would be a charming treat to share with pre-schoolers in the run up to Christmas complete with sparkly pages and a comforting theme. In this first of a series … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 12th December The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes

This story is everything you would expect from an author and illustrator who has come to be regarded by children’s book lovers as the “Queen of Picturebooks.” A tender and thoughtful story set in 1930s Liverpool with lovely illustrations in … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 11th December Snow Sister by Emma Carroll (illustrations by Julian de Narvaez)

A thoughtful novella with a classic feel by my favourite writer of historical fiction for children this is a perfect Christmas treat. Set in Victorian England it is a story of families, love, loss and ultimately of hope. It is … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 10th December Refuge by Anne Booth illustrated by Sam Usher

This poignant retelling of the Nativity was published in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis sweeping the world.  A donation is made from the sale of each book to the charity War Child. At the time of publication the … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 9th December The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski illustrated by P J Lynch

I think that this moving story of kindness and warmth conquering grief and sadness is utterly gorgeous. The text with its fable like feel is matched perfectly by illustrations of such breath-taking beauty that this has become a Christmas classic … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 8th December The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This Christmas classic needs no introduction at all. Such is its originality and brilliance it is widely known and loved by parents and children alike. Why the need to include it in a bookish Advent Calendar you may ask? Well, … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 7th December Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton

Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish is a funny, warm and up-lifting story about families and magic, lovely for any time of the year but just right for Christmas. It is short enough for emerging readers but with sufficient … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 6th December Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas

A gentle story with bright, cheerful illustrations celebrating the theme of giving, this has been fondly appreciated by pre-school children at library storytime. It’s Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum. All the visitors have left so the toys hurry to … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 5th December The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

It is Christmas Eve and that all important question looms large…Have you been good this year? Will Father Christmas bring you presents? Of course he will, he always does. Or will he? For twin sisters Sam and Charlie this is … Continue reading

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