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As December starts, and the Christmas countdown begins, these fantastic books from our clients, published in 2022, are sure to get you in the festive spirit! Explore our 2022 seasonal recommendations below…

Through the North Pole Snow by Polly Faber, illustrated by Richard Jones

On a cold winter night, a little fox burrows deep in the snow looking for something to eat and a place to rest. She finds herself falling down into a warm, cosy house and meeting a kind old man with a great round belly and a fox-white beard. As the months pass, she helps him collect letters and make toys until Christmas Eve, when she is taken on a snowy, moonlit journey across the world and discovers who her new friend really is…

Through the North Pole Snow is a beautiful gift picture book about a little Artic fox meeting Father Christmas, a tender story of friendship brings home the true meaning of Christmas. Published by Walker Books.

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks

In a big old house, the ladybird is visiting her friend the spider for the festive season. But those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are up to no good again. They have a devious plan – to steal the children’s Christmas presents from their stockings! It’s a good thing that the clever little ladybird has overheard their awful plotting, and she has a cunning plan to make sure they don’t get away with it.

Packed full of fun, What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas is a fantastically lively rhyming adventure from the bestselling picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise by Michael Bond, illustrated by R.W. Alley

When the Browns take Paddington to the Christmas grotto at the local department store, their journey through the Winter Wonderland is full of unexpected surprises. But the best surprise is a present from Santa. After all, who else would find the perfect present for a bear like Paddington?

A funny festive Board book story about everyone’s favourite bear, reissued in 2022, Paddington and the Christmas Surprise joins Paddington on a festive adventure as he discovers why Santa Claus makes everyone’s Christmas so special. Published by HarperCollins.

Penguin Huddle by Ross Montgomery, illustrated by Sarah Warburton

The penguin pack play all day long. And when the sun goes down, and the night grows cold and dark…“PENGUIN HUDDLE!” The penguins squeeze and squish together to stay warm and cosy. But one night, there is a freezing gale. And the next morning … the penguins are stuck! They are frozen together like a giant penguin ice pop. They must adventure out of their snowy home to a vibrant city across the great, gleaming ocean to solve their penguin puzzle…

A charming and playful picture book told with humour and heart from the brilliant team behind Ten Delicious Teachers, Penguin Huddle is a light-hearted tale of jolly penguins big and small, a celebration of friendship, community spirit and helping those in trouble. Published by Walker Books.

Rosie and the Friendship Angel by Lucinda Riley & Harry Whittaker, illustrated by Jane Ray

Rosie has just started a new school, and is just getting used to lots of new things when her teacher asks the class to draw their best friend. Rosie’s not sure what to do – she doesn’t have a best friend yet. Luckily, Frederick the Friendship Angel is on hand to show her that friendship is always around the corner…

The third title in the Guardian Angels series, illustrated by award-winning Jane Ray, Rosie and the Friendship Angel is a reassuring story about making new friends, part of the enchanting Guardian Angels series. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

The Perfect Gift by Alan Durant, illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian

The queen has given birth to a baby and all the animals are going to her party with their gifts! But kind Rabbit can’t find a gift that suits the queen’s baby. It’s getting late for the party, so Rabbit lights up a lamp and goes to the party without a gift. She’s not aware that she’s taking the perfect gift for the queen and her baby.

The Perfect Gift is a heart-warming story that introduces children to concepts such as generosity of spirit, hospitality, giving without expecting to benefit in return and the impact we can unwittingly have upon others. Published by Tiny Owl.

Ten Little Penguins by Mike Brownlow, illustrated by Simon Rickerty

Oh no! Granny Penguin isn’t feeling very well so ten little penguins hatch a plan to cheer her up. Can these ten lovable penguins find gifts and bring them back to Granny so they can all play together again? Follow the ten little penguins as they slide and dive through a wintry, watery wonderland – meeting seals, dolphins and whales along the way.

Perfect for encouraging children to count, Ten Little Penguins is part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story. Full of frost-filled fun, this charming rhyming counting adventure is the latest in Brownlow and Rickerty’s hugely popular Ten Little… rhyming picture book series. Published by Orchard Books.

Paddington’s Christmas Post by Michael Bond, illustrated by R.W. Alley

Featuring five interactive envelopes, this delightful festive treat starring everyone’s favourite marmalade-scoffing Peruvian bear follows Paddington as he does his best to help the Brown family get ready for a very special Christmas. Open the five envelopes inside and find an Advent calendar, Paddington’s home-made Christmas card to Aunt Lucy, a bear-shaped Christmas tree decoration… and more! Published by HarperCollins.

We Wish you a Merry Christmas by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Lydia Monks

Enjoy a family Christmas singalong with Baroness Floella Benjamin, including favourites such as ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’!

We Wish you a Merry Christmas is a stunning gift book, vibrantly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks, featuring 15 familiar Christmas songs to enjoy. Sturdy tabs make it easy to find your favourite song, and you can also learn about Floella’s own Christmas memories and traditions.

Join in some festive fun with every song, with an accompanying CD of songs all sung by Floella herself. Published by Campbell Books.