Books for under 5s

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

One snowy daytime, a young boy rushes outside to build a snowman. That night, he comes alive to take the boy on a most-magical adventure. This wonderful, wordless classic celebrates its 35th anniversary with a beautiful sparkling cover and an introduction from acclaimed author Raymond Briggs. This much-loved story is perfect to be read together as a bedtime story to lull little ones into slumber.

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering festive greetings to his fairy tale friends - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf and a get-well jigsaw for Humpty Dumpty. This charming story is told in verse and includes beautifully crafted envelopes containing letters and cards to take out and read aloud together - perfect for kids with big imaginations who love getting involved in a story.

There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

What happens when you open a book and find there’s a mischievous little monster inside? Young readers and listeners are encouraged to shake, shout, spin, tickle, tilt and blow to help get the little blue rascal out of this interactive book. Full of bright and colourful illustrations, there’s lots of fun to be had to get Monster out of the book. This is a read-aloud story is brimming with creativity and is perfect for a bedtime giggle.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

‘I’m the Giant Jumperee, and I’m as scary as can be!’. Meet Rabbit, Cat, Bear and Elephant who are all scared of the unknown Giant Jumperee, as they try to coax it out of Rabbit’s burrow. Full of riotous rhymes, this warm and inviting book from bestselling author Julia Donaldson is about being big and brave and helping your friends. 

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

When Dave loses his favourite toy Dogger he’s really sad, until Dogger is spotted on a stall at the school summer fair. But Dave doesn’t have enough money to buy Dogger back. Can Dave’s sister Bella save the day and reunite her brother with his favourite toy? This timeless classic is brought alive with intricate and beautiful illustrations that celebrate sibling love and kindness towards others.

Books for 6+

Doctor Who: Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise by Roger Hargreaves

It’s Christmas Eve and the Doctor and his companion Donna are enjoying a festive hot chocolate when she tells him she hopes for a Christmas surprise. As Donna’s friend, the Doctor knows just what he has to do. This seasonal mash-up combining the Whoinverse with a blast of whimsical humour is a perfect stocking-filler that little Time Lords will chuckle all the way through.

The Racehorse Who Disappeared by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross

Charlie Bass and everyone’s favourite reluctant racehorse Noble Warrior are back for the next adventurous instalment at Folly Farm. Charlie is distraught when Noble Warrior is horse-napped in the middle of the night and when the police investigation draws blanks it’s up to Charlie to take the reins - if she ever wants to see her beloved steed again! The Racehorse Who Disappeared is a galloping adventure for animal lovers.

Books for 9+

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries

Meet William Trundle, a boy who absolutely loves dinosaurs. But when William wishes for a dinosaur for Christmas he really doesn’t expect the Christmasaurus to come crashing into his world… Jam-packed with funny characters, magical creatures and a big dollop of Christmas cheer, this heart-warming story from Tom Fletcher is a Christmas keeper that will show readers that sometimes the impossible, might just be possible.

Hetty Feather’s Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

It’s 1888 and 12-year-old orphan Hetty Feather is ready for Christmas in the Foundling Hospital with strict Matron Bottomly, when an unexpected friend arrives to invite her for a Christmas she’ll never forget. Featuring feisty heroine Hetty and set in Victorian England, this absorbing read is packed full of festive fun for girls and boys looking to step back in time this Christmas. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Pack your bags and join Greg Heffley and his family as they escape the cold weather and jet off for some fun in the sun. But are the Heffley’s capable of having a stress-free holiday? Of course they’re not! Cue sun-poisoning, stomach issues and some rather scary-looking creepy crawlies. One of the most anticipated children’s books of the year, the latest instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will have young readers laughing their Christmas socks off, right through the New Year.  

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