A very SLS Christmas!

The final week of our Advent Book Doors is here and we’ve decided to choose four fabulously festive titles for you to take a look at.

We really hope you’ve enjoyed reading our third annual festive countdown and (if you haven’t already!), would recommend that you take a look at week one, week two and week three for some last-minute inspiration. We think everything we picked is GREAT and definitely worthy of your time.

This is our last entry of 2015 and we’d like to say thank you to anyone who has read or commented on our blog this year- we appreciate the support and hope to see you all in 2016; Happy New Year!

Advent 2015 Week 4 CHRISTMAS

  • The Nutcracker, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat

This version of the classic Christmas tale (no individual author is credited) is given exquisite illustrations which climax with a cut-out pop-up of filigree delicacy. The style is reminiscent of Jan Pienkowski, with black silhouettes against strong colours – perfect festive fare. (Walker Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406361759)

  • The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, illus. by Emily Sutton

A familiar theme of an unwanted tree being rescued by a child is given added poignancy in this gorgeously illustrated picture book, by the fact the child is surviving in a homeless community. There is a happy ending for the tree, but we know nothing of the boy’s future, and can only hope that a child in a British city will be rescued and given a loving home.The author died before completing the story so maybe she would have resolved this. (Walker Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406356496)

  • A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

This is an exciting story suitable for upper KS2, with a reluctant boy hero heading off to the snowy north to find his father and encountering all sorts of fantastic characters and situations. Chris Mould enhances the atmosphere with his black and white spiky illustrations. (Canongate, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781782117896)

  • Squishy McFluff Secret Santa by Pip Jones, illus. by Ella Okstad

For those who haven’t encountered Squishy McFluff yet this is the fourth in a series of very short, rhyming novels for first readers. Ava and her invisible cat have jolly, light-hearted little adventures, this one with a Christmas theme. (Faber, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9780571302567)

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