A photo of five books for under 5s that will make great gifts for children. The books are on a dark blue background with mountains, snow and stars

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (2021)

This Christmas, Tom Fletcher’s younger fans can enjoy his bestselling story The Christmasaurus as a rhyming picture book. It’s not just reindeer and elves living with Santa in the North Pole; a very special dinosaur also calls it home. The Christmasaurus really wants to be able to help Santa but there’s one problem: he can’t fly. Even when Santa tries to teach him, it’s much harder than he thought. But all is not lost. When The Christmasaurus falls down a chimney he meets a dinosaur-obsessed little boy who teaches him to never give up hope.

We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola (2021)

Let your imagination run wild and join adventurers Charlie and Eddie as they turn their house into a wild paradise and their big brother Marcus into a monster! The intrepid pair must journey across sparkling oceans and up high mountains as they search for the creature and its lair (aka their brother’s bedroom). Fun, family, and fantasy all come together in this beautiful book from the superstar partnership of bestselling author Malorie Blackman and Look Up! illustrator Dapo Adeola.

Grandude's Green Submarine by Paul McCartney & Kathryn Durst (2021)

This hilarious, action-packed adventure from Paul McCartney’s will make the perfect gift for young Beatles fans this Christmas. Take a trip on Grandude’s magical green submarine and join the mission to follow Nandude on her musical travels around the globe. Celebrating the special relationship between children and their grandparents, this is a book that will warm the whole family’s hearts this winter.

Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa's Little Helper by Mark Hoyle, Roxanne Hoyle & Gareth Conway (2021)

It’s Christmas Eve and there’s no way Greg the Sausage Roll will be flaking out on any of the excitement! The bakery is looking festive, the mince pies flew off the shelves and everyone is waiting for Father Christmas to deliver his goodies. Just when Greg thinks he’s ready for the big day, Santa chooses him as a little pick-me-up snack. Prepare to join Greg as he is whisked off on the most fantastically festive adventure of his (shelf)-lifetime!

The Who's Whonicorn of Unicorns by Kes Gray & Garry Parsons (2021)

Did you know there are lots of different types of unicorns? We didn’t but luckily Oi Frog & Friends creator Kes Gray has collated them all together in this hilarious picture book guide. There are the spooky BOONICORNS, the clumsy BUMPINTONICORNS, as well as the very smelly (but just as loveable) POONICORNS. Packed with more unicorns than you could ever believe, The Who’s Whonicorn of Unicorns will have little readers laughing out loud again and again.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast by Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (2021)

There is no hair disaster too big for Kittie Lacey. She is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. In this tale from Abie Longstaff’s bestselling series, the Beast has had his cold heart thawed by the artistic and beautiful Bella. He’s determined to impress Bella so enlists the help of Kittie and she plans on making him as beautiful on the outside as he is on the inside.

Forever Star by Gareth Peter & Judi Abbot (2021)

Friendly and caring space couple Tim and Tim are on a quest to start a family of their own. They know they’ll have to travel across the galaxy to find their star child, but the long journey will be worth it. Join them on a joyful and beautiful adventure that will soothe little ones before they drift off to sleep. This book is also a great place to begin early conversations about the experiences of LGBTQ+ families.

How to Grow a Unicorn by Rachel Morrisroe & Steven Lenton (2021)

Illustrator Steven Lenton’s plants literally come alive in this book about the most magical shop you could ever spend your money in. Mr Pottifer’s Parlour of Plants is full of surprises all gardening-lovers will enjoy. Sarah is looking for a present for her grandma, but things soon start to grow wildly out of hand. Unicorn fanatics will love this rhyming tale which is a treat to read from start to finish.

Little Echo by Al Rodin (2021)

You’ve probably never seen an echo before, have you? Little Echo is used to hiding away in her cave, echoing the sounds around her, but life is a bit lonely. That is until Max comes to the cave in search of treasure and the pair become firm friends. We love this touching picture book that celebrates friendship, courage, and finding your own voice.

Peter Rabbit: Head Over Tail by Rachel Bright & Nicola Kinnear (2021)

Beatrix Potter’s iconic bunny is back in a brand-new tale of scampers and scrapes. Peter knows he has to help his mum with housework but he’s sure he can find a more fun way of getting it done. When it’s time to hang up the washing, he has a great plan but when Squirrel Nutkin gets involved, there’s no way it’s going to end well! Head Over Tail will bring delight to family members old and young this Christmas.

Weirdo by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird & Magenta Fox (2021)

A judo suit is not the usual attire for a guinea pig, but then Maud is not your usual pet. When she arrives as a surprise birthday present for Kit, the other animals aren’t sure what to make of her. She tries to fit in with them, but a life-changing adventure soon helps her realise she doesn’t need to change for anyone. This is a gentle story that will teach young readers about the importance of being yourself and embracing your individuality.

Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen (2021)

Today is not a good day. Barbara is in a very bad mood. She’s not sure why, but everything just seems to be wrong. First it was a sock, then a strange pea at lunchtime – EVERYTHING is wrong. And as things get worse at the park with her friends, Barbara can feel her Wobbler starting to get out of control. Is there a way for Barbara and her Wobbler to work together to stop her from feeling so unhappy? Adults and children will love this hilarious book about tantrums.

There’s an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott (2019)

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?

Wild Symphony by Dan Brown & Susan Batori (2020)

Famous for his adult fiction, bestselling author Dan Brown makes his picture book debut with this interactive, immersive and musical storybook. Maestro Mouse travels through trees and across seas to meet his friends who all have their own unique story and poem. What secrets will the blue whale, cheetahs, and hippos share with the rodent? As well as original musical compositions for every animal, Brown has also left a puzzle to solve on every page.

Dogger's Christmas by Shirley Hughes (2020)

It's nearly Christmas and so Dave, Dogger, and his family are taking part in all the traditional festivities. They've decorated the house and put up the tree, written their lists to Santa Claus, and hung their stockings. Christmas finally arrives and they all have a wonderful day. But when Dave heads to bed that night, Dogger is nowhere to be found! Will the magic of the season reunite these two best friends?

Never Show a T-Rex a Book! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Diane Ewen (2020)

It’s something we’ve always wondered – what would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? We imagine that the T-Rex would either eat the book – or read it and realise how wonderful books are. Time to find out! In this madcap adventure by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, one little girl envisions exactly what would happen, and in the process shows how transformative books can really be.

Jonathan the Magic Pony by Stuart Heritage & Nicola Slater (2020)

Jonathan the Magic Pony believes he is a brilliant magician, but maybe he’s not quite the conjurer he thinks he is. Usually, he can make anything disappear with one wave of his wand, and it usually comes back again. But when Sarah’s bear doesn’t return, things start to spiral out of control. Sharks start chasing ducks, chimpanzees are covered in fleas – it’s a disaster! Can Jonathan use his magic to set things right again or is he really just a ‘no-tricks pony’?! Fans of Grumpycorn and Supertato will love this magical story.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg (1991)

It’s one of the busiest days of the year for the Jolly Postman as he delivers goodies to our favourite fairytale friends. Take a look inside the tiny envelopes and see what Baby Bear, Red Riding Hood and Humpty Dumpty are receiving this Christmas. This beautiful Janet and Allan Ahlberg classic makes a first-class gift for any young child.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o & Vashti Harrison (2019)

Sulwe’s skin is the colour of midnight and she doesn’t look like anyone in her family. Her sister Mich has skin the colour of high noon, and she has lots of friends at school. Sulwe wishes her skin were brighter so she could be as beautiful as her sister and mother. But then a star takes her on a magical journey – it tells her the tale of day and night and how both are beautiful in their own way. This stunning picture book from Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o tenderly tackles the subject of colourism and aims to inspire children (and adults) to see and embrace their individual beauty.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)

This 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.

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