It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our top Christmas items for Kids.

With Christmas right around the corner, we have created our list of must read (and watch) items from our collection, to get you and your family in the Christmas Spirit.

In this beautiful edition of the classic festive song, a happy couple make their way to a lavish Christmas party, discovering wonderful gifts as they go. Alison Jay's signature crackle-glaze technique makes this illustrated version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" luminous and magical: animals dart across the pages, ladies dance, lords leap, and wintery landscapes sparkle against warm, cozy scenes.

Location: Children's Picture Book

This book offers a moving new perspective on the nativity story-evoking the struggle of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus as refugees travelling in a strange land, seeking the protection and kindness of strangers. 

A poetic and refreshing look at the classic Christmas story that's never been more relevant, Refuge asks readers to consider the modern day implications of being forced to flee your home country.

Location: Children's Picture Book

Nikolas has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his  doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. 
 
Along the way, Nikolas discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit is at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things.

Location: Children's Fiction

Kate and Rachel both dream of being actors. The girls compete to get the lead role in a new holiday pageant. Written by their drama teacher, Mr. Piccolo, the show is called The 12 Screams of Christmas. It's about a family that spends Christmas Eve in a haunted house.

Mr. Piccolo decides to take the cast to a deserted old house where they can soak up the atmosphere and get better at their parts. Kate and Rachel soon realise the old house is actually haunted.

Location: Children's Fiction

Retells the story of the Annunciation, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, and the visit of the shepherds, from the Gospel of Luke, and the Three Wise Men, from the Gospel of Matthew.

Location: Children's Non-Fiction

With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly's Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna's Frozen Ice Candy!

Location: Children's Non-Fiction

Using readily available, seasonally related materials, this series is packed full of fun crafts for special occasions. The projects are explained in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and are perfect for teachers looking for original ideas as well as time-poor parents. In 10 Minute Crafts: Christmas, children can learn how to make felt stockings, a Christmas wreath, a Santa tree decoration, homemade Christmas decorations and candy cane Christmas cards, along with lots of other great Christmas crafts for kids.

Location: Children's Non-Fiction

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. 

The letters were from Father Christmas. This is the complete series of Father Christmas letters between 1920 and 1943.

Location: Children's Audiobooks

Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny have a new friend, William the Turkey. The trio is excited for Christmas until they realise that William is meant to be Mr. McGregor's Christmas supper! Just in time, Peter and Benjamin hide William, and the three enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner of pickled radishes and barley cake at the Rabbit family burrow.

This story is inspired by a real turkey named William that Emma Thompson met on Beatrix Potter's farm in the Lake District.

Location: Children's Audiobooks

A New Zealand adaptation of the traditional Christmas song, featuring such gifts as four huhu grubs, seven eels a swimming, and a pukeko in a ponga tree.
 

Location: Children's Audiobooks

 At Christmas, Grouchy Smurf behaves badly to everyone and it takes the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to teach him to appreciate Christmas.
 

Location: Children's DVDS

Join the PAW Patrol for 7 snowy saves, including a special double-length Christmas episode! The pups gear up to fix Santa's sleigh and save Christmas, plus return penguins to their frozen home, help Everest on some snowy rescues, and more! When Santa's Sleigh crashes and the reindeer run off--Ryder and the Paw Patrol have to help Santa finish delivering presents and save Christmas!
 
Location: Children's DVDS
Ho Ho Ho! Thomas is full steam ahead as a Really Useful Reindeer, saving the day by guiding Santa's sleigh straight to the Sodor Christmas celebration! Percy makes everyone's Christmas wishes come true and Gordon discovers his friends' special skills are the gifts that keep on giving, all year long! Thomas delivers the true spirit of Christmas as Santa's Little Engine! Includes 7 episodes.
 
Location: Children's DVDS
When Sid accidentally destroys Manny's heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa's "naughty list," he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right - and ends up making things much worse. Now it's up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world!
 
Location: Children's DVDS
Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.
 
Location: Children's DVDS

For more Christmas book ideas be sure to check out our Christmas Book Display in the Children's Library

Remember our Summer Reading Challenge is now on. If you are aged 0-18 and read 8 books between 1 December and 30 January we will give you a free book. Be sure to pop into our Help Desks to pick your entry up.

A Christmas Storytime with Cris.

A Christmas Story Time with Cris

Looking for a time out? Tired of the Christmas chaos? Need some time to rejuvenate your Christmas spirit? Well, we've got just the thing for you and your family. Come out of the shopping haze and bring your listening ears and singing voices to the Library and join us with some fun and festive Christmas stories on the 22nd of December at 11:00 am.

All ages are welcomed and participation will be encouraged. New stories, classic stories, funny stories and even a little sing along too.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and together we will create all the Christmas magic we can muster.

Warm up your voices, put on your Santa hats, reindeer horns, red noses and anything festive as we get ready for the big day together.

Cris is looking forward to seeing all your beautiful faces as our Christmas spirits are raised by lunchtime.

Mr Yipadee: A great show for kids!

Event Details

When: 27 October 4:30pm
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Who: Kids aged 3 - 10
Cost: Gold Coin Entry

Event Description

Bestselling Children’s author and Musician Mr Yipadee is back to perform this October.

The performance aims to inspire kids to “Laugh, Love and believe in themselves”.

The show promises to be a hilarious show for kids. They will read, sing and dance along to some of Mr Yipadees bestselling kids books and the show includes props, instruments, and interactive comedy.

No registrations are required, just arrive on the day. A gold coin donation is required for entry.

Dragons Under My Bed! A Kath Bee Book Release Concert

Join Kath Bee Live!

When: 23 September - 10:30am
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Cost: Free!

Event Details

Get your dancing shoes on kids, children's singer and song writer Kath Bee is coming our way!

Come and celebrate the release of her new book, 'Dragons Under My Bed'! Illustrated by Lisa Allen, you can download the song from the book and sing along while you turn the pages. Pick up your bee and dragon from the library in the weeks before and bring them along to fly around! There will be singing, actions, giveaways, bubbles and FUN!

For more information visit the Kath Bee website, or check out the Facebook event.