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My Very First Christmas Carols by Lois Rock & Alex Ayliffe

If you are looking for a traditional retelling of the Christmas story for young children My Very First Christmas Carols is by far our favourite. We bought it for our daughter when she was two and she is already asking when it will be time to get the Christmas book out, this year she was still quoting the story in July! I have also shared this book with a group of children, singing along to the carols actively involves them in the story.

My Very First Christmas Carols has an accompanying CD and the story is told through a combination of narration and song. The CD includes two poems and ten familiar carols sung beautifully by a children’s choir. Alex Ayliffe’s illustrations are bold, bright, colourful and appealing to young children and the book also includes simple sheet music for each carol. We often read and sing the story without the CD, it’s a great way to learn the carols.

Carols on the CD: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Mary Had a Baby, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, The First Nowell, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, We Three Kings, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Go Tell It on the Mountain and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Age Range: 2 +

Author: Lois Rock / Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe


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6 responses to “My Very First Christmas Carols by Lois Rock & Alex Ayliffe”


  1. Ulrike A. avatar

    Following your recommendation I ordered this book for my 2 1/2 year old. I gave it to her on Monday and she is already singing the songs and telling me the story. An instant classic around our house! Thank you again!


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m glad she liked it, ours is coming out on December 1st although my daughter is already singing ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’.


  2. Christine avatar

    This book looks like just the thing for my small grandson this Christmas, to send abroad. Thank you for the recommendation!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome, it really is a lovely book. I’m looking forward to getting it out again this year!


  3. Ulrike A. avatar

    You must have read my mind! I was looking for a book with cd of Christmas carols and the Christmas story but was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of books online.

    I am ever so grateful for this recommendation and just placed my order!

    Can’t wait!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy to help 🙂 The length of the story is just right for the attention span of small children and the pictures are adorable.

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