One of my favourite Christmas books is Santa’s Beard by Matilda Tristram and Tom Duxbury, and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. It is the best Christmas story to read aloud and I love sharing it with kids.
It’s an incredibly silly, laugh-out-loud story about Santa’s beard finding a new face. Santa is too hot with his beard in the summer sun so his beard decides to find a new face. Santa’s beard jumps onto a chef, a granny, a baby and many more faces to try and find the right place. The real fun of this book is that, as you read, you have to move Santa’s beard around and put it on each new face. The anticipation is wonderful and kids always laugh when they see whose face Santa’s beard has landed on. The text is simple and fun and Nick Sharratt’s illustrations are delightful as always.
Here is a video from the publisher of Santa’s Beard, Walker Books, of a very funny reading of the book: