Top Picks for Christmas

Here at Bug in a Book (.org) we are feeling the festive vibes. We have our reindeer antlers on and our mugs full of eggnog. Maybe best we lay off that just a bit. But at any rate we have been putting together a selection of Christmas books for you to feast your festive eyes on.

Up First our Favourite!

PS: Who Stole Santa’s Mail?


Dimity Powell

“Filled with feisty characters, seat-of-your-pants drama and loads
of Christmas cracker jokes, Dimity Powell’s debut children’s book
will bring the magic of believing into your home. Dragging along
his jellybean-eating sidekick Tobii, nearly nine-year-old Sam
Doolan’s irrepressible optimism and determination to solve the
mystery of the disappearing mail takes the reader on an action-packed
journey full of mystery, mayhem and magic. A must-have
for the Christmas stocking.” – Angela Sunde – author.

Morris Publishing

More Great Christmas Books to look out for:


The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas

Colin Buchanan & Glen Singleton Scholastic Australia ISBN 978-1-74283-367-5 Publication Date: September 2012 Age: 2 – 10 Years RRP: $19.99 Reviewer:  Rachel Mason

I have just finished reading this book to my three young children and they loved it! I started reading it to them as a story, but by the time i got to the third day of Christmas, I found myself singing along to the original tune “The twelve days of Christmas”. The children found it enjoyable to […]



Christmas is Coming – Little Mates Series

Susannah McFarlane Lachlan Creagh Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742831688 RRP: $4.99 Publication Date: October 2012 Ages: 4+ years Reviewer: Angela Hall
Christmas is coming! It is true. And in proper Little Mates fashion, this bunch of c-named  animals are celebrating Aussie style. I adore the Little Mates series they are beautifully illustrated readers for early learners. Each has its own focus letter and is chock full of words and pictures with the focus letter. They are all Australian animal themed making […]



There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Star!

P. Crumble Louis Shea Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742833309 RRP: $14.99 Publication Date: October 2012 Ages: 3+ years Reviewer: Angela Hall
You all know the classic There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, this is the festive version! With a visually delightful lenticular cover and bright appealing illustrations throughout this book is a Christmas winner. The story is a crazy, nonsense rhyme that is bound to […]



Santa’s Secret!

Santa’s Secret Mike Dumbleton Illustrated by Tom Jellett Random House Australia ISBN:9781742752396 Picture books Format:Hardback RRP: $25.99 Publication Date:2012-11-01 Reviewer – Angela Hall
When Santa’s Christmas work is over and he can finally put his feet up for some rest and relaxation, you may imagine him sitting by the fire sipping hot chocolate. That is not quite the truth however as Santa has a secret. If you head to the beach this year after you have unwrapped all your Christmas […]


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A Kiwi Jingle Bells

Author; Yvonne Morrison Illustrations, Deborah Hinde Scholastic NZ ISBN; 978775430452 Board Book RRP: $21.99 Reviewed by Cassandra Griffin.
A well-loved Christmas carol from a Kiwi’s point of view. Follow this New Zealand family in A Kiwi Jingle Bells for a different type of Christmas day! Fish and chips at the beach, ice creams and chilly bins, children of all ages will delight in singing this colourful, catchy Christmas card and looking at the wonderful pictures! No matter how you […]


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Where’s Santa?

Louis Shea Scholastic Australia Picture Book Publication date: October 2011 Ages 5+ years RRP:$ 15.99 Hard Cover ISBN: 978 1 74169 765 0 Reviewed by Angela Hall.   Where’s Santa? Seems like a simple enough questions, doesn’t it? Not so in this look-and-find book!   If you are at all worried about becoming deaf from the school holiday chant of “I’m bored!” then this book can be considered a sanity investment. A massive 890 things to find.  That should keep […]


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Santa’s Aussie Mix-Up! – Plus CD

Author Colin Buchanan Illustrator Simon Swingler Scholastic Australia. ISBN 9781 74283 007 0. Ages: 4+ RRP: $19.99 Hard cover, Picture book + CD Publication Date: 1/10/11 Reviewed by Angela Hall.
You all know the tune for our Australian Anthem, well this tune is the same.  Only you haven’t heard these lyrics before! Written and sung by well known singer/songwriter Colin Buchanan and illustrated beautifully by Simon Swingler, this book is a Christmas must have.  Santa’s Aussie Mix-Up is a […]


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All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth – Plus CD

Author: Don Gardner Illustrator: Katz Cowley Performed by: Craig Smith Scholastic NZ ISBN: 9781741697841 Format: Paperback Published: 1st October 2011 Age Range:  4 +  Years Old RRP: $16.99 Reviewed by Angela Hall.
A book and CD created by some of the best, no doubt. Don Gardner has been a children’s entertainer for as longer than I can remember.  This song was born in 1944 when he asked a class of second graders to complete the sentence “All I want for Christmas…” And he was […]


Be sure to check out (as yet un-reviewed):

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  1. Dimity Powell

    Dear sweet Bugs, chuffed to be included in this fantastic, merry line up of Christmas winning reads, and so glad to be on your sparkly new site. Bravo! Best of all things Christmassy to you all too. Dimity x

    • Bug in a Book

      Thank you Dimity! Absolute pleasure to have you, hope this is the first of many Dimity Powell books! Merry Christmas to you and yours too xox

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