Christmas is a magical time of year with children, but it can leave parents feeling frazzled. The combination of Christmas planning, present buying, food shopping and all the travelling, late nights and extra guests can throw routines and schedules out of shape. To help you through the festive season with your little ones, we’ve put together a handy story book survival kit.
One for the road – You’ve packed the car, shut the boot and before you’ve even hit the main road the little ones are asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ or begging for something to eat. Beat the stress of long car journey with a soothing fairytale audio book: Ladybird First Favourite Tales – the complete audio collection.
Peppa Pig’s Christmas wish – Need five minutes to make tea, wrap a present or text a friend? This is when letting your little one play with an app comes to the rescue. Peppa Pig’s Christmas Wish is a lovely, festive storybook app that will delight fans of our favourite little piggy friend.
Bedtime battles – Struggling to put your little one to bed? The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep has helped hundreds of families with their bedtime routine. If you’re travelling this Christmas and worried about sleep routines, this book could be the answer. Plus, there’s an audio version available too.
Bedtime story – Grab a quiet moment and cuddle up with a picture book. With its bright illustrations and simple words, Spot says Goodnight by Eric Hill is a hit with babies and toddlers.
Kitchen inspiration – Christmas is a time for eating and feasting. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, is a dreamy story that follows the night time adventures of three fat bakers as they whip up a morning cake. The perfect pick for mini-foodies.
Picture book pick – Passed across the generations, the Alfie books never fail to entertain and inspire little ones. The simple stories of everyday resonate with children and grown-ups alike. Don’t just save for bedtime as this is a great story to read with little ones at any time of day. Alfie Gets In First by Shirley Hughes is one of our favourites.
An adventurous picture book – Take a break from the Christmas overload and travel away to the land where the bong tree grows. Author Julia Donaldson, revisits Edward Lear’s famous rhyme in this wonderful story set in a nonsensical land full of adventure. It’s a great story to read aloud and encourage the kids to join in the funny, jumbly words. The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Julia Donaldson.
A festive favourite – Follow the story of the best-loved jolly postman as he delivers Christmas cards to familiar nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg. First class!
A Christmas classic – We couldn’t write a survival post with including one of Raymond Briggs’ treasured tales. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without The Snowman. And this warm and wintry tale brings a huge dollop of warm, fuzzy pleasure to little ones over and over again.
Do you fall back on a trusted book at Christmas? Like us on Facebook, tweet us @ladybirdbooks or share in the comments box.