There’s no escaping the fact that Christmas is just around the corner! Within a few weeks we’ll all be up in the attic searching for our decorations and fairy lights and hanging up that advent calendar – the countdown has begun and we MUST at least think about the dreaded Christmas shopping….sorry!!!
For me, there’s no better gift to give a child than a book. Honestly. Why? Because it’s a gift that entertains, inspires, sparks the imagination, encourages discussion, develops new skills and if this wasn’t enough, books are also good value for money and they don’t make a mess!
To help you choose the best Welsh and bilingual books for children this Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of our ‘must have’ new books from Welsh authors and publishers. Yes, we are good!
Books by Canolfan Peniarth
Llyfr Sychu’n Sych Cyw. £7.99 (Suitable for children 3+)
20 colourful images which can be wiped and re-used time and time again. Use the pen to write and complete the tasks in the company of S4C’s Cyw and his friends!
Dysgu gyda Cyw. £9.99 (Suitable for children 3+)
A book packed with activities in the company of Cyw and his friends. This book includes 40 activities to develop a range of new and useful skills.
Matiau Clai Cyw. £14.99 (Suitable for children 3+)
A series of 40 activity mats which allows your child to have fun and be creative with clay. Put wheels on the bike, ribbons on the kites, make patterns on the shells and waves and much more.
Books by Atebol
Nadolig Cwtshlyd Douglas by Mared Llwyd. £5.99 (Suitable for children 3+)
The latest bilingual adaptation of David Melling’s best–selling Hugless Douglas series, starring Douglas the loveable brown bear. In this story, Douglas searches for the perfect Christmas tree. The bilingual text is perfect for parents and children who want to learn Welsh.
Byd y Goeden Ffwrdd â Ni! Sion Corn by Manon Steffan Ros. £5.99 (Suitable for children 6+)
One in a series of new Welsh adaptations of Enid Blyton’s popular Magical Faraway Tree series, by award winning author Manon Steffan Ros. These books contain colourful and contemporary images to entice young readers.
Gwiwerod Gwirion Bost by Manon Steffan Ros. £6.99 (Suitable for children 3 – 7 years old)
A bilingual story book with striking artwork. Meet the two hilarious and competitive squirrels on a nut-cracking adventure. They soon learn that the best way to succeed is through team work.
Books by Rily
Lego Ninjago – Y Siarcod – £4.99 (Suitable for children 6 +)
The third title in a series of new hardback LEGO books. LEGO is eternally popular and this adventurous story brings the famous Ninja warriors to life.
Ting a Ling Nadolig by Catrin Lewis – £5.99 (Suitable for children 0 – 7 years old)
An interactive book which allows children to discover unique festive sounds and images. Press the button and listen to popular songs; Ting a Ling, O Goeden Hardd, Mae Santa Clos yn Dod, Dawel Nos, Sion Corn Ydw i a Dymunwn Nadolig Llawen.
Nadolig Y Bwsi Beryglus by Gareth F Williams – £4.99 (Suitable for children 7 – 11 years old)
The fifth title in a funny series about Twffyn the dangerous pussycat! In this story, Twffyn experiences several adventures as she tries to prove that she is a shiny star.
Books by Y Dref Wen
Pengwin yr Eira – £5.99 (Suitable for children 3 – 7 years old)
A heart-warming story about a sweet little penguin who sets off for an adventure to see the ice, the sea and the snow. Despite meeting lots of lovely families along the way, the young penguin misses its own family and wants to return home.
Carw Nadolig Olwen – £5.99 (Suitable for children 3 – 7 years old)
A beautiful story about a young girl and a lost reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Morfil y Storm by Benji Davies – £5.99 (Suitable for children 3 – 7 years old)
Having secretly hidden a whale in the bath, Noi learns that he has to release his new friend back to sea. A sweet story about loving something and learning when to let go.
Books by Y Lolfa
Two new books in an exciting series of books about fun and lovable fairies who teach us to look after our world, the importance of friends and helping each other.
Merch y Mêl by Caryl Lewis and Valeriane Leblond. £5.99 (Suitable for children 5 to 7 years old)
Another beautiful book by Caryl Lewis and artist Valériane Leblond, following the success of Sgleinio’r Lleuad which reached the shortlist for the Tir na n-Og prize in 2015. Elsi has been left on her grandmother’s doorstep. She is as quiet as the snow until her grandmother shows her a secret at the bottom of the garden… l
So there we have it, 15 Welsh and bilingual books from Wales for your Christmas stockings this year! Don’t forget to send us your reviews of these books so we can share them here on Mam Cymru! Happy shopping and happy reading!
By Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru.