There’s an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Some stickers, a bit of glitter, maybe crumbs from a bickie; these are the things you’d expect to find inside the pages of a book – not an elf! So, what does cute little Elf want? Well, first of all, looks can be deceiving; just because Elf appears to be totally adorable in every way, doesn’t mean he’s not up to no good. Elf wants to see whether your little reader has been naughty or nice this year (Santa keeps a record right up until Christmas Eve, you know!). Within the pages of this interactive book, he is going to ask your little one a few questions to suss out whether they’re on this year’s naughty or nice list. And surely there won't be any tricks to try and get them to be naughty… will there?

Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney

Hey Grandude! by the legendary Paul McCartney will make every young child’s Christmas better! This action-packed picture book celebrates all the fun grandparents and grandchildren can have when their imaginations run wild together. Think of Grandude as an older Mary Poppins with a beard; with his magic compass he whisks his four grandchildren on a hair-raising adventure across the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes in the Wild West, and escape snowy avalanches! A fun adventure to receive on Christmas and read together later on in the day.

How To Be Extraordinary by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Your little reader will discover the real-life stories behind some of the most extraordinary people. From David Attenborough and Frida Kahlo to Judith Kerr and Michelle Obama, all of these people have done amazing things and with this colourful and easily-digestible read, you can explore their stories together. There’s a whole lot of inspiration out there in this big wide world and plenty lies within the pages of this book!

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola

A wise read that will give us all a gentle reminder to look up from our screens more often. First-time readers will meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox Rocket who is going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But... can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start looking up at the stars? This stellar picture book shows there is a world of fun away from our glowing screens.

On The Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

This picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin’s iconic work of scientific literature brings the theory of evolution to life for the youngest and most curious of minds. Molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has painted a unique picture of Darwin’s visions and theories in a way that’s easily digestible for under-fives. This stunning book illustrates Darwin’s world travels and the discoveries that led him to outline the ground-breaking theory of how species form and develop over time.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

The timeless tale, from Raymond Briggs, of a little boy who builds a snowman and wakes to find that it has come to life is as enchanting today as it was when it was first released in 1978. It’s the perfect read to break out whilst snuggled up in a blanket with your little one, next to a crackling, roaring fire (and perhaps slightly bloated from Christmas dinner). Add The Snowman to your bookcase this winter and relive the magical journey together again and again.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve by Eric Carle

A tale that no new reader should miss is, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Our favourite peckish caterpillar is sure to nibble his way into the hearts and imaginations of all little readers. If you’re looking for a festive twist on the classic to drop in a stocking this year, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve. In this brand-new lift-the-flap story, set on a silent, snowy Christmas Eve, the very hungry caterpillar is hoping for a very special visitor. Hmm… who could it be, we wonder?

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas! by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter

You’ll find a sack-full of silly festive fun inside the pages of The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas. Little readers will meet Danny, who like most children his age, wants virtually EVERYTHING for Christmas. But what he ends up getting is a dinosaur, a very, very hungry dinosaur. Danny's new dino eats up ALL of Christmas – but as we all know, what goes in MUST come out. WARNING: this gift will cause major giggles.

100 Cats by Michael Whaite

If they’ve asked for a kitten for Christmas, do one better and give them 100! This paw-some picture book is the purr-fect gift for any little animal lover. Little ones will laugh out loud at the read-aloud rhymes that show a cornucopia of cats in the silliest of scenarios. Are they more barking mad about dogs? Fret not – there’s just as much fun to be had 100 Dogs. It’s ruff-ly the same book. Sorry, we’ll leave the animal jokes to Michael Whaite.

Red Riding Hood by Beatrix Potter & Helen Oxenbury

Better watch out, the big bad wolf is about… Renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter’s retelling of Red Riding Hood is brought to life alongside award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s beautiful artwork. And there really is no better time to enjoy a classic fairy tale than at Christmas. This witty yet dark adaptation of the little girl in red who sets off to Granny’s house with a hungry wolf in tow is perfect to read together on a cold winter’s evening. A must-read for Potter fans both big and small. 

Billy and the Dragon by Nadia Shireen

Like most heroes, Billy has a loyal sidekick that assists/gets in the way on her many adventures; his name is Fatcat and, well, he’s just that. But in this quest, Fatcat has been kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Yikes! Luckily, Billy has your little reader to join her on her rescue mission to find and save Fatcat – oh yeah, and battle a fire-breathing dragon. Are you ready for an adventure like no other? This picture book takes elements of classic fairy tales and adds a brilliant modern twist.

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere

There really is a lot to be learned from this fab modern fable – and not just by tots! The book focuses on a lion named Leonard; a lion like no other. You see, Leonard has this best friend called Marianne. Now, you’re probably imagining Marianne as a lioness – well, here’s the thing: she’s actually a duck. The problem is, lions usually like to chomp and munch on ducks, don’t they? But Leonard doesn’t seem to want to. What will the pair do when their friendship is threatened? A powerful, striking and thoughtful book with a wonderful message at its heart; celebrating individuality and the quiet courage to be yourself.  

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Frog by Abie Longstaff

Fairytale hairdresser Kittie is busy styling her fairy tale friends for an exciting animal-themed parade to celebrate the coronation of Prince Freddie. There’s just one problem: WHERE IS PRINCE FREDDIE?! Join Kittie as she attempts to solve this magical mystery. This enchanting story is filled with princesses, princes, magic, mystery and cute animals! What more could you want from a fairy-tale adventure?

You Choose in Space by Nick SharrattPippa Goodhart

Jumpstart young imaginations with this book that is quite literally out-of-this-world! Over one million copies of You Choose in Space have been sold, but that’s nothing compared to the number of different adventures this book has launched. Yep, YOU CHOOSE what happens in this adventure! Which alien would you most like to be friends with? And what fantastically freaky food will you decide to munch on for lunch? The possibilities are as infinite as the galaxies in the spectacular sequel to the bestselling You Choose.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

This New York Times Bestseller is written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison and will introduce readers to 40 truly inspirational black women from history. These real-life stories are guaranteed to widen the minds and eyes of little readers who will be inspired by the work of these trailblazing women of colour: abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson and poet Maya Angelou. 

The Bandit Queen by Natalia O’Hara & Lauren O’Hara

A young girl is stolen by a bunch of naughty bandits who make her their queen, and promise to give her everything she needs, from treasure to tigers, with a little bit of mischief and mayhem! But sometimes a little girl needs something more… This is a touching story about finding a family in unexpected places. Laced with gorgeous illustrations, this modern-day fairy tale has an underlying message about friendship and belonging. 

Roald Dahl’s Opposites by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

The world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl and one of the world’s greatest illustrators, Quentin Blake (with a little help from The Enormous Crocodile), are on hand to help tiny tots discover opposites. This brilliantly bonkers board book is proof of all the silly fun that can be had when playing with words. Opposites is the perfect introduction for very young readers to the world of Roald Dahl; a world of fun, colour, difference, imagination and magic. Reading this board book is more of an adventurous activity; one that they’ll want to embark upon again and again.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury

A mysterious voice coming from Rabbit’s burrow has really startled poor Rabbit. It shouted: ‘I'M THE GIANT JUMPEREE AND I'M SCARY AS CAN BE!’ Rabbit gathers his friends Cat, Bear and Elephant to come and help him, but the Giant Jumperee scares them, too. He can squash you like a flea, he will sting you like a bee, and he's taller than a tree! JUST WHO IS THE GIANT JUMPEREE? A fun, mysterious and charming adventure perfect for curious readers from Julia Donaldson, the incredible author of The Gruffalo

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