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The Best Books for Kids this Christmas

By Charlotte Carus on 11th November 2020

Books make perfect Christmas presents!


With so many books for children and teenagers published each year it can be hard to make that final choice for a present for young readers. Here at Lovereading4Kids we've read 1,000s of books published this year and filtered that down to the best storybooks, non-fiction and Christmassy stocking fillers. And don't forget most of the titles have a free Opening Extract to let you decide for yourself if the book is perfect.

And for even more choice why not have a look at some of the other special categories and collections on the site.

Our LoveReading4Kids Loves Channel shines a spotlight on some of our favourite authors and recommended series, including The Valentines Trilogy from Holly Smale for 11+, the adorable Isadora Moon series for 5+, and the My Encyclopedia series from DK; a set of 6 hardback compendiums that would make the perfect present for children age 5-8.

Books are great presents for babies and toddlers and you can find a wonderful selection in our 40 Great Bedtime Stories for the Under 5s collection. There are old favourites from Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Jill Murphy and modern classics from Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton and Eoin McLaughlin. Some of the editions also come in little library box sets - perfect for a present!

Our Green Reads section has books which are highly topical covering everything from recycling and biodiversity to global warming and eco-tips, both fictional and factual. Perfect gifts for eco-warriors.

Non-fiction books make great presents as they can be read over and over again and are lovely to keep. You'll find all our favourites in our Non-Fiction collection with books on animals, history, famous people and interesting places. 

Don't be afraid to give a book to a struggling or reluctant reader. We've earmarked a range of titles that fill that gap too in our Super-Readable Dyslexia Friendly and Reluctant Reader categories.

If you're still stuck then take a look at our Book Awards section is positively choking with stunning reads, all winners or shortlisted for big awards announced during 2020.

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lorraine k - 3rd December 2020

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Judy S - 1st December 2020

A Wonderful selection of books - something for any child.

Sinead B - 1st December 2020

So many great books - Christmas favourites always include Michael Morpurgo and I think I may be getting The Lost Spells book too - beautuiful illustrations by Jackie Morris

Ruth H - 1st December 2020

What a great selection of great gifts on the site - we need more books, we only have a few thousand!!

Heather D - 28th November 2020

i absolutely love giving books as gifts - especially for the younger ones as it's a gift to both the children and parents as they get to spend good quality time together learning and laughing!

Catherine S - 28th November 2020

Lots of great ideas. Thank you!

Sheena B - 28th November 2020

The very best present there is - books

Alyson H - 28th November 2020

Book tokens for great nieces and nephews this year - they can choose from a magnificent selection...

Jo B - 28th November 2020

Some fab books for all ages. The Beyonce Knowles book sounds good.

Jo B - 28th November 2020

Some old favourites here and some I think could become so for my two.

Debbie E - 27th November 2020

Totally agree, books do make perfect presents and there are some crackers here!

Suzanne G - 26th November 2020

Fabulous list of book ideas here! And I am so going to try the Christmas tree made of books in our school library - that looks fab!!

Beverley F - 26th November 2020

So many books I would have loved to read when I was young (and still want to read now). Spoilt for choice!

Sissy G - 25th November 2020


Joanne L - 25th November 2020

A great selection. Will make Xmas shopping a bit easier.

Lesley S - 24th November 2020

Lovely selection, spoilt for choice this year.

Kelly D - 23rd November 2020

If I had the money I would buy all the selected Childrens books and hand them out to children who do not own any books.

Heather S - 23rd November 2020

Some great choices for Christmas here!

Abigail B - 23rd November 2020

Wonderful selection, too many to choose from!

Kieran W - 22nd November 2020

Lovely selection of Christmas Books

Kieran W - 22nd November 2020

Lovely selection of Christmas Books

Marion G - 22nd November 2020

What a wonderful selection, I shall certainly get Have Pride, and am looking at lots of others for my grandchildren.

Debbie G - 22nd November 2020

Lots of great gift inspiration here!

Teresa M - 22nd November 2020

Oh so many interesting books!

Matthew C - 22nd November 2020

This is amazing! Every child should have something off this list for Christmas!

lynda s - 21st November 2020

Wonderful ideas here to check for pressies

Mark L - 21st November 2020

Some great looking books on this list. Thanks!

MARIA R - 21st November 2020

some magical books in this collection

Deborah R - 21st November 2020

What an awesome collection of books for all ages. I have already bought 7 off the list as Christmas gifts!

Andrea H - 21st November 2020

Fantastic titles! I'd be very happy to read them all myself!

Jenny M - 21st November 2020

Lots of lovely ideas for my daughter, and I love that you have the age range each book is suitable for, as sometimes this can be difficult to tell

Rebecca Q - 21st November 2020

Great choices. I have used some of these with my Year 5 class. They have absolutely loved Tinsel so we've brought a few copies of the books for them.

Sean E - 19th November 2020

Looks like some good choices here

Christopher P - 19th November 2020

A great selection, it has been a great year for book publishing with lots of new titles. I love buying books for others as gifts and am spoilt for choice this year.

Sarah W - 19th November 2020

I loved the Pippi Longstocking books when I was a child!

claire t - 19th November 2020

What a fantastic selection of books !!! Love that you can read an extract of them as well - have added lots to my kids christmas lists .

Mary L - 19th November 2020

A great selection of books.

Sarah P - 19th November 2020

Great ideas :)

Julie T - 19th November 2020

You can't give a better present than a book. All books broaden the mind and give you new experiences. An ability to imagine the story unfolding in your head is a wonderful thing.

Laura C - 18th November 2020

I love buying books for my children at Christmas, just had a delivery of the Christmasaurus for my son today

Laura J - 18th November 2020

Santa Jaws looks fun! Think my niece would love that!

Diana C - 18th November 2020

So loving having little ones in the family to buy for again - I miss bedtime stories

karen h - 17th November 2020

Great selection for all ages , love giving and receiving books . My son would love Adam Kay’s book

Rebecca B - 11th November 2020

Great suggestions - i want that oliver jeffer's book for me!

Marion G - 8th November 2020

What a lovely selection of books. Something for everyone. I particularly like the look of Boy Giant.

June H - 7th November 2020

A book feast for Christmas for everyone !

Pippa A - 7th November 2020

There are some wonderful ideas here. I have three children who all have books on their Christmas lists so I will be making good use of these ideas!

Ray D - 2nd November 2020

A Christmas in time looks great

Debbie E - 1st November 2020

A Christmas In Time looks lovely, will be getting that one for my boys and I to read together.

Naomi O - 1st November 2020

Full of present ideas, thanks!

Flo B - 29th October 2020

I wanna read all 9f the 9+, 11+ and 13+

Natasha L - 28th October 2020

Some good ones here!

Florence T - 27th October 2020


Jenny M - 24th October 2020

Lots of lovely books, and i love that you have suggested age ranges so that I know what will be suitable for my daughter

MARIA R - 21st October 2020

some great books there, something for everyone!

Gerri T - 20th October 2020

Books are such a great present. They give pleasure for years and years.

James F - 20th October 2020

Amazing range - it will be hard to choose which to get for presents

Mary L - 20th October 2020

great ideas for my grandson

karen h - 20th October 2020

Love giving and receiving books at christmas- great selection here although love reading a very marley christmas and rudey windy christmas with my son .

Philippa W - 20th October 2020

What a great selection! There is something here for everyone. An easy way to find just the Christmas gift you are looking for. Thank you Love Reading 4 Kids.

georgina p - 20th October 2020

This looks amazing, my daughter would be so happy if she got this as a Christmas present. she loves being home educated, and this would be such a great topic for us to explore more, she has a passion for history.

Sheila G - 20th October 2020

Great ideas for the grandkids.

kathleen m - 20th October 2020

My grandson would love the Lost Spells as he loves poetry. When he was 7 he got his first poem published by Penguin through his school. Ever since every teacher is amazed by what he can write. I’m going to buy this for him for Christmas as I don’t think he’s read it yet

Gill W - 20th October 2020

A fab selection of Christmas gifts for my 11 Grandchildren.

Susie W - 19th October 2020

The History of Everything looks like a great choice, there's got to be something to interest everyone there!

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