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Festive reading for children this Christmas
Children’s books are always a delight but at this time of year there is a burgeoning of the most beautiful, seasonal publishing – irresistible gift books and festive stories. There’s nothing nicer during the holidays, when the games are over and Christmas TV is exhausted, than curling up together and sharing in a new book. But finding the perfect book to give as a gift can be tricky with so much choice out there so here to help is a selection of some of our favourites this winter, across fiction and non-fiction and all age ranges.
Jonny Lambert’s Ten Little Reindeer
A sturdy little festive board book with chunky lift-the-flap pages throughout. Ideal for keeping toddlers and babies entertained on Christmas day while helping them practice their counting too. Each page explores what Santa’s reindeer are getting up to: pulling his sleigh, stopping for carrots, getting tangled up and even hitting a tree. A lovely gift but be warned, you may be asked to read this over and over with your little ones as they’re bound to get addicted!
A heart-warming, interactive book to read together, all about the multitude of post sent to Santa each year. He receives letters from children all over the world but when little Amy sends him her letter, he can’t fathom what it is she really wants for Christmas. A bright little hardback with lift-the-flap features throughout, Yarlett’s illustrations are quirky and fun. The big question is: Will Santa manage to find Amy the right present in time for Christmas Eve? Very charming and sure to induce giggles!
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Who Changed the World
JARROLD PRICE £20
The third book in this smash hit series for younger readers, focusing on the lives of inspirational female figures from the past and present. With two bestsellers under her belt already, author Elena Favelli turns her attention to 100 stories of immigrant women whose stories empower and inform. From actress Carmen Miranda to Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike to pop star Rhianna, each short biography is accompanied by a full page colour portrait. Perfect, bite-size bedtime reading.
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Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. This bestselling Christmas picture book by renowned children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Jim Field, is now available in paperback for the first time. Michael Morpurgo frames his powerful message about protecting the environment in this beautiful personal story about a grandpa's wish for his granddaughter to live in a better world.
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
This lavishly illustrated hardback is a an amazing creation, not just for children but grown-ups too. A gift book treasury of 366 animal poems - one for every day of the year – which range from classics to contemporary poems, including work by Roger McGough, William Blake, Dick King-Smith, Ted Hughes, Grace Nichols, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti and Emily Dickinson. Bright and beautiful, it has colour illustrations throughout and a smart cloth binding that catches the eye. Highly recommended.
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
JARROLD PRICE £17
Adapted from Bryson’s 2016 book for adults, A Short History of Nearly Everything, this is a large format hardback for curious readers aged 8 and upwards. Science made accessible, fun and entertaining, it moves from the Big Bang, through the mysteries of time, space and life on earth, journeying from the centre of the planet to the dawn of the dinosaurs. Brightly illustrated throughout by four different artists, once again this is a gift book ostensibly for children but one that grown-ups will undoubtedly get just as much enjoyment (and knowledge!) from.
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Prices and availability checked Sunday 13 December 2020