Festive Book Advent Calendar 2023

At Libraries 4 Schools we love books with wintery and Christmassy themes, so we thought we would give you our suggestions of stories to enjoy as the days get longer and darker. Come back every day in the run up to Christmas to see what tales we’re curling up with in our festive children’s book advent calendar!

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Christmas carol picture book
Book Reviews

A Christmas Carol | Picture Book Review

Retold by Kristina Stephenson and illustrated by Hoang Giang (published by Puffin Books)

“I bring you a warning,” replied Marley. “Tonight, you will be visited by three spirits. Listen to what they tell you, Ebenezer, for each of them means to help you.”

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How Winston delivered Christmas review
Book Reviews

How Winston Delivered Christmas | Review

An Advent Story in Twenty-Four-And-A-Half Chapters

Written and illustrated by Alex T Smith (Macmillan Children’s Books)

One of the books I brought back from my pre-Christmas visit to the West Country (and its lovely indie bookshops) was ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’. And I’m so pleased I did!

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I Killed Father Christmas review
Book Reviews

Out Now: I Killed Father Christmas

By author Anthony McGowan, with illustrations by Chris Riddell (‘Little Gems’ from Barrington Stoke)

It’s Christmas Eve when Dad, looking at Jo-Jo’s extensive Christmas list, tells him that due to the economy Father Christmas doesn’t have much money for presents this year.

Hiding under his pillow to avoid the argument that this sparks between his parents, Jo-Jo overhears Mum accuse Dad of “killing Christmas”. What does she mean? Then Jo-Jo realises Dad must have killed Father Christmas…and it’s all Jo-Jo’s fault.

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