Struggling to find the right gift this Christmas? These books make brilliant gifts for young ones this year.
Paddington Pop-Up London Collector’s Edition £25 HarperCollins
Anyone who has seen Paddington 2 will recognise the significance of this London Pop-Up book being the one which Paddington is tracking down for ‘Aunt Lucy’. It is a celebration of everything that’s wonderful about Iconic London and special book for all Paddington Bear lovers. The pop-up is exquisite: kids of all ages will have fun spotting so many things on each page. Top of our books’ Christmas List this year.
THE STORY ORCHESTRA: THE NUTCRACKER by Jessica Courtney-Tickle QUARTO £14.99 One of the most stunning books we have seen for a long time: beautiful retelling of this classic ballet, set to the sound of the original Tchaikovsky score. Lavishly illustrated.
ELLA BALLERINA AND THE MAGIC TOYSHOP by James Mayhew
A Christmas James Mayhew book – what a treat! Everyone’s favourite ballerina steps into an enchanted toyshop in this magical ballet adventure. A complete joy. ORCHARD £12.99
THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Jake Parker CHRONICLE BOOKS £11.99 Buoyant rhyming book about the countdown to Christmas. Will the team of workers get the right sleigh built in time for the big night? Will have little ones turning the pages.
THE VARIETY OF LIFE by Nicola Davies & Lorna Scobie HODDER £14.99 This huge format book is incredible value. Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle but only eight species of bear? We learned so much from this book! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM illus by Olivia Lomenech Gill £25 BLOOMSBURY
An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The masterpiece is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the beasts will be recognisable to readers of Harry Potter books - others will be sure to take the reader by surprise. Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K Rowling's own charity Lumos.
ONE MOONLIT NIGHT by Zanna Davidson & Seo Kin TEMPLAR £14.99 Glorious pop-up story that takes you on a journey like no other. Bursting with dragons, starlight and magic on every page. Would make a lovely pressie.
BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS by Dianara Mirtalipova £14.99 TEMPLAR
The classic tale of Beauty and the Beast is retold here in a magnificent 'pop-in' format. Each page has three layers of paper, cut to give the impression of a 3D scene.
A IS FOR ART by Paul Thurlby HACHETTE £14.99
See the sights of the National Gallery as never before! From Da Vinci to Monet, get taken on a inspiting tour through the eyes of illustrator Paul Thurlby. This lovely hardback book is packed with the world's greatest paintings and the stories behind them. Brilliant gift for any budding artist this Christmas.
SEARCH & FIND: A CHRISTMAS CAROL STUDIO PRESS £12.99 A super clever book, which really gets children engaged in this classic story. See if you can identify all the characters and points of interest in the beautiful pages. A book to treasure.
ENID BLYTON: JOLLY GOOD FOOD Created by Allegra McEvedy HODDER £14.99 Over 40 lip-smackingly delicious recipes inspired by Enid Blyton stories including Google Buns from The Faraway Tree. For kids aged 9+.
The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr FRANCES LINCOLN £11.99
This read-aloud story that the whole family is sure to enjoy brings life to the folktake of how each animal in the Chinese Zodiac competed in a race to earn their place in the sky. Children will love the twists and turns of this exciting story.
Read our interview with Allegra McEvedy HERE
Check out our top picture books this season HERE