A Book Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas – Books on our Santa List

I’m an unashamed bookworm from childhood; I grew up with my nose in a book, I love libraries and get annoyed when life doesn’t work out for my fictional characters. It’s something I would love for E as he grows up, as it’s a love which can stay with you for life, the ability to fall into a million other worlds and lose yourself in their lives. I’m also a firm believer that it’s not Christmas unless there is a book present, so as far as the toddler is concerned, here’s a look through what we’ve got in mind this year!

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Getting them all ready to be wrapped (with the pretty Penneys labels)

First up is a close little cousin of a favourite book in this house, “Calm Down Boris!“, aptly named Lenny Long Legs – an interactive book which is from the Mini Monsters collection where not only does the child get to play with Lenny’s long legs, but gets to learn about opposites along the way. I think he’ll have a lot of fun with this book and I see it being picked up and read to him A LOT.

Lenny Long Legs


Next on the list is a favourite book of mine which I’ve been intending for a while to pick up for E –Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – I got it in board book form so it stands some hope of surviving in this house. A beautiful story of a loving parent-child relationship and a classic – hopefully E will always know we love him to the moon and back!

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The next book is actually a boxset of three – The GruffaloThe Smartest Giant in Town and Monkey Puzzle – Julia Donaldson doing her thing and filling our bookshelves with classics yet again. I was thrilled to come across these in a set in TK Maxx for an absolute bargain price as they’re well known kids books that are loved the world over, so hopefully will also be loved here!

The Gruffalo Bookset The Gruffalo and Other Stories

Finally, our little Peppa Pig fan will hopefully go mad for the Peppa Pig: Little Library, a collection of six small books which also doubles as a puzzle when put together! That little pig can do no wrong in his eyes so hopefully these will win us brownie points and save us from the theme tune for a bit!

Peppa Pig Little Library


What books, if any, are making their way into your child’s book collection this Christmas? What are your favourite children’s books? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. This Christmas Matthew is actually not getting any books would you believe it. E has so many. We have a bookshelf sitting in the kitchen that needs to be setup in his bedroom first.

    1. More Peppa and Julia Donaldson here too! Loving her ‘Stick Man’ at the moment, especially when Santa makes a surprise appearance at the end! Great blog – I’m just about to move to Cork with a toddler, so bookmarked you and reading a few city-specific old posts for tips on where to go and what to do! x

      1. Oh wow – best of luck with the move, hopefully you’ll find my stuff useful, I try to make it what I would have liked to find online when I was looking! Julia Donaldson is brilliant alright though Peppa has more pf his imagination at the moment!

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