December 06, 2017 | Features

Top picks for Christmas – Books for Toddlers


The Egmont Christmas elves have raided our bookshelves to bring you some expert recommendations for Christmas presents this year. First up are our top picks for books for toddlers this Christmas.

Christmas ideas - books for toddlers

Mr Men Lift-the-Flap

mr men lift the flapFans of the beloved Mr Men have lots to choose from at Christmas, including Mr Men Lift-the-Flap.

Mr Men Lift-the-Flap is a Christmas pick from Jane Riordan, Editor, who says ‘The Mr Men are always fun but they really come to life in this interactive flap book. I read this with a small child who roared with laughter when they found the elephant hiding in the tree!’

 About the book

Mr Nosey just can’t help poking his nose into everyone’s business. If you’re a little bit nosey too come and be nosey with Mr Nosey. Open the flaps to find out who lives in two very strange houses, peep into trees, spy behind doors and even find out what your favourite Mr Men have for lunch!

The Mr Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up.

Spinderella

spinderella by Julia DonaldsonChildren who enjoy the books of beloved children’s author Julia Donaldson will love her book with Sebastien Braun, Spinderella.

Becky Brown, Editorial Assistant, puts Spinderella on her books for toddlers Christmas list. ‘This bestselling Julia Donaldson story features a plucky little spider on a mission to teach her family to count via the medium of football.’

About the book

Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn’t know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can’t count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan…

Julia Donaldson is the internationally renowned author of the best-loved picture books in the world, including The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and Night Monkey, Day Monkey. Julia Donaldson’s collaborations with Axel Scheffler have sold millions of copies, and Room on the Broom is now an Academy Award-nominated short film.

Sebastien Braun studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University. He moved to London in 2000 and since then has been working exclusively on children’s picture books, having been published by Orchard, Walker, Campbell, HarperCollins and Puffin.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One DalmatiansThe Hundred and One Dalmatians is the Christmas books for toddlers choice from Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director of Picture Book and Gift. ‘Fans of Dodie Smith’s original book will enjoy sharing this adaptation of the beloved story with their children. With festive scenes and a cosy family feel, it’s the perfect Christmas gift and a classic bedtime story to enjoy together.’

About the book

When Missis and Pongo’s darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect… the evil Cruella de Vil! She’s enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur coat!

With the help of some fearless furry friends, the parents set off on a brave rescue attempt. But can the Dalmatian parents rescue their precious pups in time?

Peter Bently’s fun adaptation of Dodie Smith’s original The Hundred and One Dalmatians will introduce the story to a new generation, with gorgeous artwork from bestselling illustrator Steven Lenton.

Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Jigsaw Book

Thomas and Friends Jigsaw bookEgmont have lots of amazing Thomas and Friends books for toddlers. Helen Archer, Editorial Assistant, says ‘Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Jigsaw Book is a great way to keep small hands busy this Christmas. With four different puzzles to complete and a brand new Thomas story, it’s packed full of entertainment for the holidays.’

About the book

The Fat Controller asks Thomas to make a very important delivery for Lady Hatt’s birthday, but things soon start to go wrong! Can Thomas deliver his precious cargo on time? Read the story to find out, and complete all 4 jigsaw puzzles! Each puzzle in this jigsaw book has 9 pieces, perfect for improving motor skills for toddlers.

Thomas has been helping children learn for over 70 years. He ranks alongside other beloved character such as Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur’s Return

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks returns for another fantastic adventure in this bestselling picture book series in Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur’s Return.

Louise Grosart, Senior Commissioning Editor, recommends Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur’s Return as a great book for toddlers. ‘Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is a family favourite and is celebrating his 10th anniversary this year! In this latest adventure, Sir Charlie and friends must get a baby dinosaur home. It’s the perfect story to read aloud.’

About the book

By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain. Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home.

Author Kristina Stephenson had a successful career in theatre and children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks!), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

Amazing Animal Babies

amazing animal babiesEmma Dods, Senior Commissioning Editor, recommends Amazing Animal Babies as a brilliant book for toddlers this Christmas. ‘Naturalist Chris Packham takes you on an amazing journey around the world to discover the fact-filled stories of some incredible baby animals, from tiger cubs and meerkat pups to froglets and baby earthworms.’

About the book

Every day, billions of animals are just starting out their lives. Travel around the globe and meet some incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life in this beautiful, fact-filled non-fiction picture book by wildlife expert, Chris Packham.

From Darwin’s froglets and baby earthworms to tiger cubs and meerkat pups, Amazing Animal Babies lets children discover each of their stories and uncover extra information about these incredible baby animals in the Find Out More section at the back of the book.

Find more perfect books for toddlers this Christmas on the Egmont website.