My First Book of Christmas is a beautifully-illustrated, hardcover tome which explores the origins of Christmas, its traditions and joys - from the three wise men to advent calendars, carolers, wreaths and decorations.
What I love about this book is that it's a holistic take on all things Christmas, from the Christian origins right through to Santa and gift-giving.
Each recto page introduces the reader to a sneak peek of something special - the glint of a star, the tippety-top of a stocking - and the following verso page reveals all, with text explaining the where and whyfor of each festive surprise.
While the text is relatively detailed, the adorable illustrations keep things really kid-friendly, with detailed images to pore over. Kids will love exploring this book - and adults will enormously enjoy meandering through this joyful season with them. Includes a Christmas quiz at the end.
Title: My First Book of Christmas
Author: Charlotte Guillain
Illustrator: Anna Jones
Publisher: A&C Black (Bloomsbury), $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 4 - 7
Type: Picture Book