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Christmas Recommendations: Children ages 0-4

By Maeve Ward
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Nov 28th, 2017
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To help take the pressure off finding the best picks for the little ones this Christmas, Eason Children’s book buyer David O’Callaghan has highlighted some of his favourite Children’s books of the season. His endearing list of must-buy books is full of great titles that will foster and strengthen your child’s love of reading.

From classic story books to beautifully illustrated picture books, there is something for every child at Eason.com and in Eason stores this festive season.

 The Ugly Five by Axel Scheffler

Who’s that singing on the savannah? It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness – and delighting their babies, who think they’re perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life. 

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 Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

The exquisite and thought-provoking new book from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers. Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else. Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We’re glad you found it.  

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 Ten Little Superheroes by Mike Brownlow

A traditional counting rhyme with awesome superhero powers! (and a super-shiny red foil cover) Evil super villain Monstro and his dastardly League of Bad Guys look set to destroy the city. Will the Super Hero Kids have the super powers to defeat them? Count from ten to one, and back again, with this action-packed picture book. With lots of things to spot and count on every page (plus some brilliant superhero sound words!) this noisy rhyming picture book is perfect for sharing again and again.

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 The Great Gran Plan by Ellie Woollard

The pig lives in a house in the middle of the wild wood. But inside the wild wood there’s a bad wolf – and this hungry wolf wants a little pig for dinner! But a house made of bricks is hard to blow down, so instead of gobbling Pig, Wolf moves to plan B: gobbling Red Riding Hood’s poor defenceless grandma! But his despicable plan is soon uncovered and Pig decides to rescue Gran! Will this plucky pig make it in time? A fabulously funny twist on two classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. The Great Gran Plan is the first book by an exciting picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard and best-selling illustrator, Steven Lenton.   

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 Sam, The Most Scaredy-Cat Kid In The Whole World by Mo Willems

One day Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It’s not Frankenthaler the monster. It’s her friend – Kerry! Kerry, the second most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It’s not Leonardo the monster. It’s his friend – Sam! Something has to be done. Something big. But what?

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 Adams Saves The Seasons by Benji Bennett

 

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 Luna Loves Library Day by Joeseph Coelho

Luna loves library day: that’s the day she spends with her dad. Exploring the shelves they find magic, mystery and even start to mend their own history. An inspiring story from one of the UK’s greatest up-and-coming poets for children, captured in all its flights of fancy by newcomer Fiona Lumbers.

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 A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea by Sarah Webb

A beautifully illustrated collection of nursery rhymes to treasure, and songs, poems and rhymes to share. Enjoy Irish favourites like ‘Brian O’Linn’ and ‘I’ll Tell Me Ma’, classics such as ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’ and ‘Monday’s Child’, silly rhymes that every child will love like ‘Beans’, ‘Pardon Me’ and ‘On Top of Spaghetti’, as well as magical verses for children written by Oscar Wilde, Oliver St John Gogarty, James Joyce and others.

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 The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly

An irresistibly fun story about a forgetful president and his ever-ready pigeon! The president has some VERY important documents to sign at Dublin Castle, but without his glasses, how will he do it? Luckily, the presidential pigeon knows exactly what’s happened and follows the presidential car to Dublin Castle, taking in a bird’s eye view of the city on his way. But the pigeon gets stuck in traffic on O’Connell Street … meets some tourists taking selfies … and even beats a Viking ship in a boat race! Will he ever catch up with the president to deliver his glasses in time? 

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 Focloiropedia by John & Fatti Burke

his breathtakingly exciting book discovers the Irish language as you’ve never learned it before! Fatti Burke’s amazing illustrations and her father John’s fabulous teaching bring the language alive with every turn of the page. A visual introduction to Ireland’s language for young and old, you will learn your first thousand words, discover your culture and enjoy the fabulous quirks and features of your native tongue! Bringing a contemporary appeal to a classic subject, get ready to fall in love with your language.It’s Irish as you’ve never seen it before! This is the third book from the bestselling father and daughter duo behind Irelandopedia and Historopedia, which have sold over 100,000 copies.   

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 Illegal by Eoin Colfer 

This is a powerful and timely story about one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children’s Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels. Ebo: alone. His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister. ‘Beautifully realised and punchily told.’ Alex O’Connell, The Times Children’s Book of the Week   

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