The Night Before Christmas is the perfect children's read to restore the joy and innocence of the festive season. Based on Clement Clarke Moore's popular 19th Century poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', the picture book delivers the timeless classic with a modern animal-themed twist to hook the little ones' interest.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

The adorable tale centres on a family of bears eagerly awaiting Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve. Author Rose Collins vividly evokes the intangible thrill of Christmas Eve and the anticipation of Santa's arrival, with the obligatory stockings hanging by the fireplace, the sleeping youngsters dreaming of sugar plum fairies and the snowy world outside.

Suddenly, with a loud clatter, up high in the sky comes a giant red sleigh pulled by a fleet of reindeer "more rapid than eagles" and driven by St Nicholas himself.

The reindeer descend onto the rooftop before Father Christmas drops down the chimney where he meets with daddy bear, fills the stockings with presents and then continues on his busy night's work.

Collins has gone to great lengths to update the story and language of the original without losing its wonderfully simplicity and magical feel.

Aimed at kids up to the age of six, it is engaging, full of wonderful scenes and descriptions that parents will love reading to their children.

It also contains beautiful and memorable full-colour illustrations that effortlessly encapsulate the Christmas spirit.

Newly released by specialist children's picture book publisher NurseryBox, The Night Before Christmas aims is to reconnect children with the innocent joys of this special time of year, as well as encourage them to pick up the reading habit.

This heart-warming book, packed full of seasonal cheer, will delight children and parents alike, and is the perfect read in anticipation of the big day.

The Night Before Christmas is available now in hardcover (ISBN 978-1-78621-001-2), priced £4.99, and eBook versions priced £1.99. Visit