Children's Christmas Books Children's Christmas Books

We have a terrific selection of books all recommended by our Lovereading experts, split into easy-to-find age ranges with extracts and reviews to help make your job of choosing that little bit easier.

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Gift books for Babies and Toddlers

Bing's Christmas Wish
Ted Dewan
Bing and Flop are hanging up their stocking and getting ready for Christmas. Excitedly they wonder if it will snow for Christmas. As Bing settles down to sleep he wishes for snow. The next morning he awakens, delighted that Christmas... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/10/2017
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Happy Christmas, Twirlywoos!

Have a very Twirly Christmas with the Twirlywoos in this gorgeous board book with a shiny foiled cover! This is perfectly packaged for small hands, filled with colour and the friendly, familar Twirlywoos that little CBeebies fans will know and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/10/2017
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Bing's Noisy Day
Ted Dewan
Bing is going to the park today! Join him on his fun filled, noisy adventure with Flop and his friends from the hit CBeebies series as they go on a hunt through the park for the ice cream van. If... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Storm Whale Book and Puzzle
Benji Davies
Benji Davies's The Storm Whale is one of the most beautiful and affecting children's books of the decade and this novelty book plus puzzle blocks is carefully thought out and designed to emphasise the beauty of his artwork and the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 05/10/2017
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Baby's Very First Slide and See Christmas
Fiona Watt
This bright, interactive little board book is the perfect introduction to Christmas for baby. Smiling, colourfully dressed animals populate seasonal scenes, such as decorating the tree, playing in the snow, and the arrival of Father Christmas. Each page features sturdy... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 01/10/2017
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Snow Bunny's Christmas Gift
Nosy Crow
Starring four very sweet little animals and with a gentle message about the importance of giving and sharing, this is a perfect Christmas story, cosy and reassuring. Snow Bunny and her friends are having fun on the ice, but it's... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/10/2017
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Listen to the Christmas Songs
Marion Billet
Well, this is guaranteed to put everyone in the festival spirit! Six favourite, jolly Christmas songs are included in this sturdy little book, illustrated in bold, simple pictures, smiling animals all waiting for Santa or making their preparations. Press the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 27/09/2017
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Elmer's Christmas
David McKee
Elmer is in charge of the young elephants in this special adventure, taking them up out of the jungle to find a Christmas tree. They have great fun decorating it and that night Elmer gathers them together again to hide... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Yoga Babies
Fearne Cotton
Yoga has never seemed more tempting than in this lovely new book, written by Fearne Cotton and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Eleven little children, the ‘Yoga babies', are shown doing different yoga poses, always with a parent or adult... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Looking for Yesterday
Alison Jay
October 2017 Book of the Month Beautiful illustrations full of interest and wonder accompany Alison Jay's delightful story about a boy whose grandad helps him to embrace happy memories of the past but also look forward to new adventures. Boy... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/08/2017
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The Christmas Eve Tree
Delia Huddy
This absolutely beautiful book will really instil the true Christmas spirit in all who read it. Planted carelessly, the little fir tree has no chance to grow, so stays small and stunted. No wonder that it's left in the shop... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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An Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
Buy a book by Oliver Jeffers and you become owner of a complete and perfect work of art. An Alphabet is so much more than an alphabet book. Each page features one object, one letter, one word, yet each is... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Gift books for 3+ readers

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
Alison Ritchie
Who needs a partridge in a pear tree when you could have a pup under a Christmas tree? Why choose four French hens when you could have four French bulldogs? Just the thing for dog lovers this charming picture book... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This classic picture book is such a triumph of words and illustration, as satisfying to look at as it is to read aloud, that it hardly needs an extra gimmick, but snow globes are irresistible and there's something particularly pleasing... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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The Snowbear
Sean Taylor
When Iggy and Martina go to bed everything is the same as usual. But in the night comes the snow and the world is transformed. First they make a snowman, though he looks more like a snowbear; anyway, ‘he looks... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Princess and the Christmas Rescue
Caryl Hart
Princess Eliza is a fairytale one-off – a princess who enjoys inventing and making useful gadgets. Her parents aren't too keen on this, finding it a bit messy, and the queen would prefer her daughter to make friends, not machines.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/09/2017
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Listen and Learn Musical Instruments
Kirsteen Robson
This ingenious book is a clever way to introduce children to the many different types of instrument there are in the world. Colour cards with bright, friendly illustrations feature nine different instruments on each side, grouped by type e.g. string... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Little Faces: Wake Up, Santa!

This clever interactive board book is just the thing to get everyone smiling in the run up to Christmas. Turning the pages really does wake up Santa, thanks to a neat bit of paper engineering. Readers can wake up an... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 21/09/2017
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Big Words for Little Geniuses
James Patterson, Susan Patterson
From Arachibutyrophobia (it means the fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of your mouth) to xanthochroism and Zamboni (animals that are bright yellow and those big machines that smooth the ice at ice rinks respectively) this book is... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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The Bear and the Piano Sound Book
David Litchfield
Hear the best-selling book The Bear and the Piano come to life with this special gift-edition sound book. A young bear cub finds a piano in the forest and after a first hesitant ‘PLONK', he returns to it... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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ABC Pop-Up
Courtney Watson McCarthy
A collectible Alphabet pop-up, for design connoisseurs of all ages. This beautifully presented pop-up book is a refreshing take on learning the alphabet. Spot the connections between the letters sharing a pop - a Letter in a Mailbox, a Pillow... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 05/10/2017
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I Want Snow!
Tony Ross
It might be the middle of summer, but the Little Princess demands SNOW. Festive fun with our feisty princess. Lovereading comment to follow soon. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Nibbles: The Dinosaur Guide
Emma Yarlett
Nibbles the cheeky book eating little monster is back and this time wreaking havoc within the pages of a book about dinosaurs. It's a risky business: can he be caught before he eats the whole book, or before something eats... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight
Valerie Thomas
The irrepressible Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur climb onto their broomstick again for a new adventure. Flying over a castle Winnie decides to take a closer look and is disappointed to find it's in rack and ruin. But... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Elmer and the Tune
David McKee
Elmer the much-loved patchwork elephant is in a particularly playful mood in this story. His young friend Rose is humming a catchy tune, and soon all the animals are singing along. In fact, the tune is so catchy, they just... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Gift books for 5+ readers

I Killed Father Christmas
Anthony McGowan
November 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 A delightfully witty and tender-hearted Christmas story like none other, introducing a unique author and illustrator collaboration in Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell. Lovereading comment to follow soon. High quality... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2017
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The Happy Christmas
Jenny Colgan
In a nutshell: gentle, heart-warming story of a little girl and her puffin Christmas is coming but Polly can't seem to get in the right mood: Neil her puffin friend is preoccupied with his girlfriend who is hatching their... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Father Christmas Heard a Parp
Olaf Falafel
Picture books don't come much sillier than this, or much more pleasing to the young: wherever Father Christmas goes, he hears a parp – E-I-E-I-O. Whether it's from a robin (here a pffrrp there a pffrrp), from an elf (with... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa
Valerie Thomas
Winnie and Wilbur are so excited to be getting ready for Christmas! There's a lot to do. Putting up the decorations, baking biscuits, making the Christmas pudding and, most importantly of all, sending their letters to the North Pole. At... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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We Travel So Far
Laura Knowles
Some of the world's most extraordinary animal migrations are detailed in this beautiful book, in short lyrical passages of text and stylish illustrations. From garter snakes, to Emperor penguins and Bar-headed geese, their journeys are brought to life over stunning... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep)
Loic Clement
‘I don't like going to sleep' says our narrator, all red hair, baggy shorts and attitude. Why? It's a matter of choice: across different spreads we are shown the choices to be made throughout the day, from what to eat... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle
Julia Donaldson
From Julia Donaldson - the bestselling author of The Gruffalo - and Lydia Monks comes Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle. A perfect book for fans of this bestselling picture book team who are beginning to read on their own. Lovereading comment... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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One Christmas Wish
Katherine Rundell
Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers, Wolf Wilder and The Explorer, fills her first picturebook with the wit, verve and touches of whimsy that distinguish her novels, as well as with a series of typically striking images. Theo is spending a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Illustrated Stories of Horses and Ponies
Natasha Kuricheva
Beautifully produced and gorgeously illustrated, this is an excellent story collection. Each tale features a horse or pony, and quite often the human hero is a young girl, brave, clever and good-hearted. Each story is just the right length for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedWilliam Bee's Wonderful World of Trains, Boats and Planes
William Bee
If you love vehicles, then this is the book for you! William Bee shows off a multitude of amazing vehicles, starting with the steam engine, then trains, a hovercraft, the vertical-take-off-jump-jet, submarines and finally – of course – the space... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Lisa Papp
A beautiful, reassuring, story for all those struggling to read. Oh my goodness this is a heart-warming book! Just stunning and perfect to share with reluctant readers or anyone who worries about making mistakes and not being good enough. Madeline... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Billy and the Minpins
Roald Dahl
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Roald Dahl's dramatic last story is perfectly matched for the first time by Quentin Blake's new illustrations in a beautifully produced edition. Billy is told by his mum that he must... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Storm Whale
Sarah Brennan
'Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down, when I and my sisters walked to town...' So begins the story of three sisters and their wild and magical encounter with a whale, stranded on a beach. Jane Tanner's artwork... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2017
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Gift books for 7+ readers

Reader ReviewedThe Barefoot Book of Children
Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma
Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about the different lives of children around the globe. Whilst being gently encouraged to ponder their own place in the world - the sights and sounds, the place... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2017
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Father Christmas's Fake Beard
Terry Pratchett
Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Creakers
Tom Fletcher
In a nutshell: funny, inventive story – watch out for what's lurking under the bed! In a nice twist on the Pied Piper story, the children of Whiffington wake up one morning to discover that all the grown-ups have disappeared,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Coder Academy Are you ready for the challenge?
Sean McManus
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises and each bright, visually attractive page sets children tasks to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells!
Tracey Corderoy
In a nutshell: lively, funny, well-told stories starring everyone's favourite baker dogs Friends Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are complete opposites, not just in looks but in their characters too: Shifty is hard-working and organised, while Sam is always... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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National Theatre: Play in a Box
National Theatre
Wannabe directors and thespians will love this fantastic box set filled with everything they need to put on a show. Expert tips and tricks for staging, costume, make-up and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo
Cinderella, Rumpelstilstskin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk: these stories are in our DNA, says Michael Morpurgo in his introduction to this gorgeous new collection. They are told by some of our best authors for children and each story is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: brave, loyal, upstanding rabbit hero versus despicable rats Fans of rabbit hero Shylo Tawny-Tail will be delighted to hear that he is back for another exciting adventure. Shylo and the other Royal Rabbits of London are... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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A World Full of Animal Stories
Angela Mcallister
Following up the excellent A Year Full of Stories, Angela McAllister has travelled the world again to collect together wonderful folktales, this time with an animal theme. There are tales of tigers, pandas and jackals, of buffalos, bears and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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This Cookbook is Gross
Susanna Tee
This is one of those books that does exactly what it says on the tin: it's full of recipes for dishes that really will freak out your friends, from ‘cat poo in the litter tray' to ‘severed fingers'. Disgusting as... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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The Racehorse Who Disappeared
Clare Balding
There's a new mystery afoot in this entertaining sequel about Noble Warrior and his owner. Everything seems calm. Young horse lover Charlie Bass is getting her life back on track and her horse Noble Warrior is safely back in his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Optical Illusions
Gianni Sarcone, Marie-Jo Waeber
Is seeing believing? This book will make you question that it is. Featuring almost fifty amazing optical illusions it explains how playing around with the context of colours, shapes and tones, and by changing viewpoints, your eyes and brain can... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Nutcracker
Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Lovely to look at and delightful to read, this is a lively, exceptionally engaging way to introduce children to one of the best loved ballets: each page features a button that when pressed plays an excerpt of Tchaikovsky's music. The... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Kitten Called Holly
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story set on a proper farm These sweet little stories are perfect for animal-mad youngsters and filled with useful information about how to care for pets. When friends Jasmine and Tom find an abandoned... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Greatest Magician in the World
Matt Edmondson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 The perfect book for all budding magicians! There are even real magic tricks to perform - and they work! Elliot is mad about magic. He talks about it and dreams about... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2017
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Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne
First published in 1873, and actually set in 1872, Jules Verne's classic adventure still feels fresh and exciting and has lost none of its power to entertain and enthral. The story of Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout and their... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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The Little Library Cookbook
Kate Young
Delicious receipes inspired by the author's favourite works of fiction this cookery book will make a wonderful addition to your cookery bookshelf or an amazing gift. Paddington Bear's marmalade, a Neopolitan pizza with Elena Ferrante, afternoon tea at Manderley and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Egyptomania
Emma Giuliani, Carole Saturno
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 This is a book to savour as you travel back in time to the land of the Pharoahs.. Sumptuous in feel and beautifully produced, it is also packed-full of information... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2017
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The Accidental Father Christmas
Tom McLaughlin
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: original madcap adventure with a seasonal feel All Ben wants is for his dad to spend more time at home, surely that's not too much to ask from Father Christmas? But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Storm Dog
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: gentle but exciting time slip evacuee story In Holly Webb's careful hands this time-slip evacuee story is filled with excitement, adventure and warmth. Travelling by train to see her grandma and great-grandma, Tilly falls asleep and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Kipling's Jungle Book stories and poems remain some of the best-loved children's literature, his stories of Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and Shere-Khan, and of Rikki-tikki and Toomai, retaining all their power to fascinate and intrigue young readers. Complete and unabridged, this... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Gift books for 9+ readers

Toto
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Master-storyteller Michael Morpurgo adds a witty twist to the classic story The Wizard of Oz in his hugely entertaining re-imagining of the original. Here, Dorothy's pet dog Papa Toto, who accompanied... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Norse Myths
Kevin Crossley-Holland
An extraordinary and and enthralling illustrated anthology of Norse Myths from a Carnegie-Medal winning author. Lovereading comment to follow soon. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Scientist Academy
Steve Martin
This cleverly designed, attractive book will catch the imagination of all children, even those who wrongly believe that they don't have what it takes to be a scientist. It explains that the key attribute for scientists is curiosity and then... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: dork in love Rachel Rennee Russéll's Dork Diaries are huge favourites with tweenage readers and no wonder, she's completely in touch with how they think, and what they worry about too. Nikki is looking forward to the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters - including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2017
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Father Christmas and Me
Matt Haig
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Matt Haig's romping adventure breathes fresh life into everything Christmasy. It is a bustling story full of delightful surprises and some wonderful dollops of magic.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedLaugh Out Loud
James Patterson
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about a boy who decides to create books kids love by... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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The Dollmaker of Krakow
R. M. Romero
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland. Karolina is a living doll who's been transported from the Land of the Dolls on a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Colin Furze: This Book Isn't Safe!
Colin Furze
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire young creators to try their hand at their own versions... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell which has the additional delight of a mini-book, Fable... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Gift books for 11+ readers

Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In an adventure which both pays homage to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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This is Not Another Maths Book
Anna Weltman
This book sets out to prove that maths has more in common with art than many might think, and that it can be truly beautiful; it achieves its aim. A series of clearly explained and attractively designed activities demonstrate how... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Rick Riordan
In a nutshell: unbeatable mythical adventures by the absolute master of the genre Magnus Chase is back from the dead (again) and in fact as a resident of Valhalla is well-used now to death and regeneration. Just as well... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2017
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Illegal
Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Twelve-year-old Ebo's terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood, education and ultimately a safe way of life is brilliantly... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
October 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after Northern Lights the first book of Pullman's world-famous His Dark Materials trilogy, which has sold more than 17.5... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Birthday Boy
David Baddiel
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all brought... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Return to the Jungle
Bear Grylls
In a nutshell: jungle adventures, jungle survival Makur – Mak – star of Bear Gryll's thoroughly entertaining story Spirit of the Jungle is back for a new adventure and it's as gripping as the first. Mak is in India again... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Kick
Mitch Johnson
October 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: serious issues in a fast-moving, vividly told football story Like lots of kids in this country, Budi lives for football, training with his friends whenever he can, following his team... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2017
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Gift books for Teens

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure encompassing families, a very special kind of haunting,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne
October 2017 Book of the Month A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Talented actress Audrey (named after Hepburn) has just started working in... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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We See Everything
William Sutcliffe
Set in a frightening future version of London in which the lives of two teenage boys cruelly collide in a divided city, this gripping page-turner has pertinent contemporary resonance, and packs powerful moral and emotional punches. Read it to be... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
In a Nutshell: Death row injustice | Undying brotherly love A book to break your heart, quicken your blood and stir your soul by one of the most outstandingly distinctive writers to have emerged in a long, long time. ... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Satellite
Nick Lake
Set on a space station in the near future, this cool concept sci-fi novel with a powerful finding-your-way-in-the-world theme also has much for fans of contemporary YA. Fifteen-year-old Leo was born and raised on Moon 2 Space Station and has... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
October 2017 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British social history between 1914 and 1917. Seventeen-year-old Evelyn is... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
September 2017 Book of the Month Wonderfully chilling, this is another thrilling treat from E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. Two girls, in an intense relationship are both looking for escape but at what cost? When one... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2017
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Clare and her Captain
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is always at his best when writing about the countryside and the animals in it. Here, in a story inspired by... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedRook
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: sharply realised slice of real life This finely written story speaks directly to readers in language that is frill free but shines with original, precise imagery. It opens with a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Killing Ground
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics Seth's not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new floodlights at his football team Halifax Town's ground seems to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn't, which is definitely the case here. The local lord offers him... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Norman the Norman from Normandy
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: lots of funny fighting in Philip Ardagh's inimitable style When Norman the Norman from Normandy's dad, Great Big Norman, is killed in a fight (with ten Bretons from Brittany), Norman swears to visit every... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedSuperdad's Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …| Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he's a superhero, Dynamo... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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All About Ella
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age 5-8 Ella wants to know on which day of the week she was born, but her family can't say; Ella's big brother is very sick and she often feels that it's all about Sam, while she is overlooked.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2017
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The Story of the Dancing Frog
Quentin Blake
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 In a warm-hearted story with a touch of the ridiculous about it, former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake tells of a happy friendship based on the success of a dancing frog. Left... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Stocking Fillers

Reader ReviewedMind the Gap
Phil Earle
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though he doesn't... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Jolly Good Food
Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy
In any Enid Blyton book you can guarantee that at some point there'll be a lip-smacking description of food. Allega McEvedy takes inspiration from Blyton's best-loved stories to create recipes for every time of the day: starting with breakfasts that... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg
This beautiful, atmospheric book captures the special magic of Christmas for readers of all ages. A young boy, just beginning to wonder whether Father Christmas is real, lies in bed hoping to hear sleigh bells. But instead of a sleigh,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Aliens Love Underpants Anniversary Tin
Claire Freedman
A fun collection of books and activities to celebrate ten wonderful years of Aliens Love Underpants, all contained in a tin! Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story. There are no underpants in... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 05/10/2017
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Sproutzilla vs. Christmas
Tom Jamieson
A loathing of sprouts is taken to a delightfully silly extreme in this nutty Christmas picture book. Jack can imagine only one thing worse than eating sprouts: the sprouts eating you! Cue the arrival of Sproutzilla, a twenty foot high... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 21/09/2017
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss
The ghastly Grinch refuses to be moved by the Christmas spirit in this must-have collectible slipcase edition of Dr Seuss's classic tale. With hilarious rhymes and distinctive, original illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Paddington Little Library Movie Tie-in

A pocketful of Paddington will make any day or journey better. This dinky little slipcase contains four sturdy board books, each with a short but satisfying narrative. Using stills from the hugely popular film, the books describe Paddington's manners, introduce... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/09/2017
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Pug-a-Doodle-Do!
Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Created by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, the team behind such gloriously wacky bestsellers as Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North, this is a bumper book of creative inspiration. Using characters from their stories as well... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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With so many books for children and teenagers published each year it's sometimes daunting to make that final choice for a present for those dear to you. Here at Lovereading4kids we've read 1,000s of books published this year and filtered that down to just the best (in our humble view). And don't forget most of the titles have a free Opening Extract to let you decide for yourself if the book is perfect.

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