Gifts for 2020: Christmas books for 6-8 year olds

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney (2020)

It is meant to be the holiday of a lifetime, but the hapless Heffleys get more adventure than they bargained for and find themselves in The Deep End, the 15th book in the Wimpy Kid series. Greg and his family’s summertime paradise looks like it’s heading for disaster when their caravan park is hit by torrential rain. Can they save their trip or is it going to be a complete washout?

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2019)

More confident readers will not want to miss this sequel to festive adventure The Christmasaurus. It’s been a year since his escapade with the Christmasaurus, and now William has been swept back to the magical North Pole where he meets the mysterious, icy Winter Witch. Bursting with as much drama, friendship, music and of course CHRISTMAS as the first book, this follow-up tale is set to be another hit under the tree.

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams (2020)

Join us in celebrating Puffin’s 80th birthday with this beautiful collection of stories, poems and illustrations. This bumper anthology featuring extracts from classic family favourites and fresh stories from exciting new authors makes it the perfect present to delve into this Christmas. Humza Arshad, Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Nadia Shireen are just some of the authors and illustrators included. Discover the BIG dreams of some of our most inspiring leaders, scientists and actors, too.

Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World by Burhana Islam (2020)

Discover a treasure trove of well-known and hidden Muslim heroes from around the world in this remarkable book by Burhana Islam. Have you heard about Noor Inayat Khan, the Indian Princess who was also a WWII spy? And did you know that Hasan Ibn al-Haytham proved theories about how fast light travels before Isaac Newton? From scientists and formidable female rulers to champion boxers and activists, there are so many amazing men and women here who have made a positive impact on the world.

Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay & Henry Paker (2020)

Have you ever been too embarrassed to ask questions about the weird things our bodies do? Well, there’s no need to worry any more. Adam Kay has answered them for you in his Complete (and completely disgusting) Guide to the Human Body. The award-winning comedian and writer addresses all kinds of key questions such as whether it’s safe to eat bogeys (yes!) – and how much of our lives we spend sitting on the loo. This book will keep the whole family giggling this Christmas – but perhaps wait to share the funky facts until after your roast dinner!

The Danger Gang by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2020)

It’s time to get swept along on another Tom Fletcher adventure in this hit book by the author of The Christmasaurus and The Creakers. Franky is worried he won’t fit in when he moves to a new town and away from his best friend Dani. But when the other kids on his street start to go a bit weird after a freak thunderstorm, everything changes. What would his super-spy idol Zack Danger do? Franky decides to join forces with these magical children to form his very own Danger Gang. And they’re going to need to be as brave as possible because it soon emerges that real danger is just around the corner…

Daisy and the Trouble with Nature by Kes Gray (2020)

The trouble with nature is… it doesn’t really do what you want it to. Daisy and her school friends are so excited when they see their new nature garden. There’s only one problem: there’s more mud than nature in it! Where are the birds, bees, bears and wolverines? Daisy isn’t very good at waiting, but luckily Gabby’s dad is taking them camping, so surely they’ll find some nature to bring back. How hard can it be? You’ll be snorting with laughter when reading this new Daisy adventure.

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke (2020)

At a time of year when families and friends traditionally come together, join this extraordinary family in a fairytale full of villains, puppets and pirates. In 1886, five babies are abandoned at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam in the most unusual circumstances, including a tin toolbox and picnic hamper. Although the matron may think Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou are “unadoptable”, they soon learn that it’s their individuality which makes them special. When a nasty gentleman tries to separate them, it’s time to flee the orphanage and set off on the most thrilling adventure.

The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo & Benji Davies (2020)

This is a magical new Michael Morpurgo story which will bring joy to readers of all ages this Christmas. Benjamin Postlethwaite has never let the light in his lighthouse on Puffin Island go out, but even his dedication cannot save this one ship. Take a voyage to Benjamin’s island and follow this heartwarming story about a lost puffin and a lonely artist, all told through Benji Davies’ world-class illustrations.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney (2019)

This laugh-out-loud story is the perfect gift for any fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to unwrap on Christmas morning – and is sure to keep them laughing all the way through 2021 and beyond. This time it’s Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley’s turn to chronicle his story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg's story along the way, too. After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it. But Rowley's stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind… Get ready for Rowley to turn everything you know about your favourite Wimpy Kid upside-down.

The Witches by Roald Dahl (1983)

They have no toes, fingernails or hair and their spit is blue! Roald Dahl’s scariest characters are just as horrifying as they first were 37 years ago! No Roald Dahl collection is complete without this monstrous tale about a young boy called Luke who must defeat the Grand High Witch and her child-hating society. With Quentin Blake’s terrifying yet hilarious illustrations, this book is one to pore over this Christmas – if you dare!

The Extraordinary Life of Mary Seacole (2019)

Florence Nightingale wasn’t the only nurse who did great work during the Crimean War. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mary Seacole began her career as a doctress there and enjoyed travelling and writing about her adventures overseas. Mary arrived in London in 1954 – a year after The Crimean War had broken out – to offer her help and skills as a nurse but was turned away. So, she paid her own way to Crimea! This glimpse into the previously forgotten nurse’s life will teach you all about the amazing accomplishments she achieved and how Mary combated the racial prejudice she came up against.

Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison (2018)

Get ready to be inspired by these 40 brave and bold women. Written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, you’ll meet the likes of celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, ground-breaking architect Zaha Hadid, Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of micro-lending Esther Afua Ocloo, and many more. This is the perfect book for those looking to learn from the women who dreamed of a better world.

Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah (1996)

Whether you’re a poetry newbie or consider yourself a skilled lyricist, Benjamin Zephaniah’s Funky Chickens is a wonderful introduction into the world of rap poetry. Touching on a range of topics from first love and cleaning up our oceans to animal cruelty and racism, Zephaniah’s compendium is funny, touching, irreverent and thought-provoking. And one that should go straight under the Christmas tree!

The Twits by Roald Dahl (1980)

Mr and Mrs Twit truly are still completely and utterly disgusting, even after 40 years! They are not only horrible to look at, but they’re also mean, nasty human beings. Can you imagine tricking someone into eating worms in their spaghetti? Well, that’s exactly what Mrs Twit does. They also keep a family of monkeys, called Muggle-Wumps, locked in a cage at the end of their garden. But little do they know, the monkeys are plotting their escape, and it’s not going to be pretty…

Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex by Sam Copeland & Sarah Horne (2019)

Everything inside this book is just about as bonkers, and hilarious, as you can imagine! Not only can the book’s main character Charlie turn into a T-rex, but he can turn into ANY kind of animal: a flea, a pigeon, a rhino – you name it! Trouble is, Charlie can’t control when he changes into these animals; he just knows it happens when he’s worried about something. Can Charlie – with the help of his three best friends – find a way of dealing with his crazy powers?

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo (2018)

It’ll be love at ‘frost’ sight the second they pick up this stunning story. This charming take on the classic tale of a little boy’s snowman who comes to life on Christmas Eve is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s the perfect modern read to introduce one of the most touching seasonal stories ever written to young readers. Plus, you can rekindle some of that timeless magic yourself. They’ll fly through it no time.

The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding (2019)

If you’ve been following Noble Warrior’s journey up ‘til this point, you’ll know that Charlie’s racehorse is certainly well-deserving of his name after winning the Derby against all odds. But will his valiant reputation help him and Charlie jump the highest hurdle yet? Charlie’s best friend Polly is recovering from a serious accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a wonderful talent with horses, and Charlie is determined to help her bestie live out her equestrian dream. This dream isn’t going to come true overnight, though – it’s going to take some thinking, creativity and maybe even some dancing.

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