1 Russell’s Christmas Magic: With its hilarious and beautiful illustrations, this lovely story tells the tale of Russell, the sheep who saves Santa and Christmas. Proving that sheep are cleverer than they look, Russell builds Father Christmas a new sleigh from an old car after his more traditional version crash lands in a field on Christmas Eve. Amusing and enchanting for parents and kids alike.
By Rob Scotton, Dhs73.
2 Hide and Seek Christmas: This sumptuous board book has lots of hide-and-seek flaps and fluffy bits – perfect for little ones who aren’t quite at the storytelling stage. Find the four mice in Santa’s workshop, the teddies hidden on his sleigh and the fairy for the top of the tree. An adorable addition to your tot’s collection.
By Usborne Touchy-Feely, Dhs69.
3 The Night Before Christmas: This stunningly illustrated picture book of the enchanting classic poem by Clement C Moore is one of those books you’ll bring out year after year. With a truly traditional Santa as the star of the show, your little ones will be transported into a world of sugar plums, reindeer and adorably dressed elves. A Christmas Eve treat.
Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit, Dhs77.
4 Christmas Eve Magic: Inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, this follows the journey of Barton the pig who refuses to celebrate Christmas or care for his fellow animals. But, one Christmas Eve, he is visited by a magic mouse who takes him on a journey back in time through his own life. The perfect introduction to this traditional tale.
By Luci Papineau and Stephanie Poulin, Dhs73.
5 Auntie Claus: Where does Sophie’s Auntie disappear to every year between Halloween and February? What really goes on behind the locked doors of her New York penthouse, where it’s Christmas all year round? Meet the eccentric Kringle family in this imaginative, funny and beautifully illustrated book.
By Elise Primavera, Dhs69.
6 How Santa Lost His Job: When one of the inventor elves gets fed up with Santa taking ages to get ready on Christmas Eve, he takes matters into his own hands and creates a mechanical toy delivery machine called the Deliverator. Cue a race against the clock between Santa and the machine. Who will win the challenge for Christmas Eve?
By Stephen Krensky, Dhs30.
7 Little Red’s Christmas Story: Filled with gorgeous water-colour illustrations, this attractive book is certainly a feast for the eyes. Follow the adventures of Little Red and her friends when they discover Santa in the Christmas wood with a sick reindeer and a sleigh-pulling problem.
By Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, Dhs69.
8 The Nutcracker: A lovely read for older kids, this magical, sometimes scary, adaptation of this classic tale comes with stunning illustrations and an audio CD. Parents may also be surprised at the original story behind what is usually considered the ultimate Christmas ballet.
Adapted by Janet Schulman, Dhs86.
9 Favourite Christmas Carols: Little maestros will love this musical carol book with its own built-in keyboard. Introduce them to sheet music by getting them to plink out renditions of ‘Silent Night’, ‘The First Noel’, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ – and lots more. And there’s the usual loveable collection of Richard Scarry illustrated characters to giggle at.
By Richard Scarry, Dhs75.
10 Horrible Christmas: Packed with Christmas facts, games, historical – and hysterical – tales of yuletide mishap, this is the perfect read for older kids who will no doubt be quoting from it all through the holidays. From turkeys walking 100 miles to geese with tar shoes, expect all the usual bizarre facts that make the Horrible Histories series unique.
By Terry Deary, Dhs59.
All books available from Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0111).