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Top Ten Kids’ Picture Books for Xmas

Here, in no particular order, is the lovely Woodstock Bookshop’s Top 10 Children’s Picture Books for this Christmas. The first two are timeless books which have been reprinted recently and will be much loved by the present generation, with the latter offered as more recent classics-in-the-making.

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

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With charming illustrations by Maurice Sendak, this book tells the tale of an adventurous little bear exploring the world.

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

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Written as an ‘early reader’ in the 1970s, this is one of a series of very witty and engaging books, appealing both to the new readers and their parents. Rare to find a book that can still make you chuckle after multiple readings…

Socks for Santa by Adam & Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Lee Wildish


This, the latest in the George’s Amazing Adventures series , is by husband and wife local authors Adam and Charlotte and is every bit as good as their previous books. Adam is a performance storyteller and was the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Writer in Residence.

 Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey


We are lucky to be living at the same time as Mini Grey, the most extraordinary illustrator and creator of children’s books. Hermelin is a resourceful, intelligent and charming mouse who sets out to solve people’s problems and finds not everyone can appreciate him.

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie


Possibly our favourite picture book of the last few years, and always near the top of our best-selling picture books. Funny and instructive – because there’s nothing like defying expectations!

Oi Frog by Kes Gray & Jim Field


A zany, rhyming book full of wit and wordplay, about a frog who discovers that every animal has its favourite place to sit.

Ernest and Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent


A very simple story for young children, with minimal text and the most exquisite illustrations, about a little mouse who drops her beloved toy penguin.

Is there a dog in this book? by Viviane Schwarz

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Readers of her two previous books will know what to expect – zany humour and lots of flaps to explore!

Stina by Lani Yamamoto


A beautifully produced book published by the V&A, translated from Icelandic, about warmth and friendship – with a recipe for hot chocolate at the end and a guide to knitting without needles.

Frederick by Leo Lionni


A favourite here, for its simple, poetic text and wonderful illustrations, about Frederick who spends his time ‘gathering words’.

The Woodstock Bookshop, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock OX20 1TH,                               01993 812760,

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