A photo of five books for 6 to 8s that will make great gifts for children. The books are on a dark blue background with mountains, snow and stars

The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2021)

He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice – but who is on Santa’s naughty list and how easy is it to get off it? Tom Fletcher’s lovable Christmasaurus is back with a new festive adventure. This year the dinosaur is on a mission to track down the children who might need to put some wrongs right before Santa heads down their chimney. This is a story about learning that it’s never too late to make amends, as well as celebrating the marvellous magic of Christmastime.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16) by Jeff Kinney (2021)

Following a disastrous competition at school, wimpy kid Greg Heffley has decided that he and sports are NOT a good combination. That is, until his mum convinces him to give it one last go by trying out for the basketball team. By some small miracle, Greg makes it onto a team but it’s the worst one, and their chances of ever winning look slim. But nothing is ever predictable in sport. It’s Greg’s big chance – will he make a slam dunk or will he blow his big shot?

One Hundred Reasons to Hope by Danielle Brown, Hannah Ingram-Moore & Adam Larkum (2021)

Captain Sir Tom Moore raised millions of pounds for the NHS in 2020 when he walked 100 laps of his garden. This book celebrates his inspirational story as well as those of one hundred other heroes from across the UK. From dancing binmen to scientists racing to find a vaccine and all our dedicated key workers, the pandemic has been tough for so many but these stories show that hope can be found in unexpected places.

Rebel Girls Stick Together (2021)

Rebel girls do literally ‘stick together’ in this sticker book full of fascinating women from our past and present. Learn about these trailblazers’ incredible lives as you create their individual portraits which can be used as posters in your bedroom. Whether it’s Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, or Simone Biles, these women will inspire young readers to follow their dreams and fight for what they believe in.

Stuff by Maddie Moate & Paul Boston (2021)

Stuff – we’re surrounded by it all of the time, but have you ever thought about where it comes from and what happens when you’ve finished with it? CBBC presenter Maddie Moate has spent time finding the answers, so we don’t have to. And wow, she has discovered some amazing things. Did you know you can turn elephant poo into paper? Or make packaging out of seaweed? This book will make you think about the effects of our consumption on the planet and the ingenious ways in which other communities from around the world re-use stuff.

The Bear in the Stars by Alexis Snell (2020)

For centuries the beautiful Queen of Beasts roamed her icy kingdom wild and free, but over the years her unique habitat has started to shrink. The time has come for the Great Bear to seek out a new place to call home. But as she journeys far from her realm, she soon discovers a world that is getting warmer while the hearts of those living in it seem to become colder. Can she find some kindness as she embarks on a new beginning?

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman & Loren Long (2021)

Amanda Gorman wowed the world when she appeared as the presidential inaugural youth poet in January 2021 and now her young fans can enjoy her wonderful words at home. This lyrical picture book takes readers on a musical journey where they learn that everyone has the power to create positive changes in the world. The rhythmic text alongside stunning illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long will inspire readers to use their unique abilities to make a difference.

The Ordnance Survey Kids' Adventure Book (2021)

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and real-life adventures, then this book is essential reading for you. Written by the map experts at Ordnance Survey, it will teach you everything you need to know about navigation and safely exploring the wonderful open spaces in Great Britain. And when it’s just too wet to venture outside, put your skills to the test with all the different map-reading puzzles.

Lizzie and Lucky: The Mystery of the Stolen Treasure by Megan Rix & Tim Budgen (2021)

Lizzie and her puppy Lucky are back for another rip-roaring adventure with a new mystery to solve. The fabulous detective duo are at the beach, but paddling and sandcastle building are far from their minds; there is missing treasure to track down, and artefacts are disappearing from the local museum. It looks like it’s down to this courageous pair to figure out what on Earth is going on!

The Worries: Jaz and the New Baby by Jion Sheibani (2021)

Jazmin’s mum is having a baby and she is so excited about being a big sister! It’s what she’s always wanted and she’s sure she’s going to be awesome at it. But just when Jaz least expects it, something starts to feel a bit different. Some unwelcome visitors called the Worries have arrived in Jaz’s life and Loner, Change, Jealousy, and DJ Disaster look ready to cause mischief. Jaz tries not to bother anyone with her Worries but they don’t seem to be going away, and if anything, they’re just getting bigger…

How To Change The World by Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Annabel Tempest (2021)

In How To Change the World, Rashmi Sirdeshpande shows that together we are stronger. And you are sure to be inspired by the incredible things humans can achieve when we join forces. Whether it’s securing votes for women or working as a team on the international space station, the 15 astonishing stories in this book will show you there are many different ways we can change the world, big and small. Perhaps you and your friends could change the world too?

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. by Jen Carney (2021)

Take a peek inside the wonderful world of Billie Upton Green as she shares her life through funny observations and doodles. There’s a new girl at school and Billie has volunteered to show her around. She seems nice, but Billie isn’t quite sure. The new girl seems very close to Billie’s best friend Layla, and she appears to know a little too much about the recent big school heist – the theft of Mrs Robinson’s purse. Can Billie get to the bottom of what’s really going on?

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 for young readers. Plus, you can rekindle some of that timeless magic yourself. They’ll fly through it no time.

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams (2020)

Created to celebrate Puffin's 80th birthday in 2020, this beautiful collection of stories, poems, and illustrations makes the perfect gift. 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.

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

This magical story 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.

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 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…

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 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 that 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.

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