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Book Gifts for Kids

With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve put together our favourite book gifts for kids of all ages. These are perfect gifts for bookworms and kids who love to read, and ideal to create a book advent calendar! This collection features books about animals, mystery books, adventure books and activity books, so there’s something for everyone. Discover our favourite book gifts for children!

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If It’s Christmas and You Know It . . .

Written by Katrina Charman Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar
0-2
It's Christmas and it's time to celebrate in this festive sing-along book with sliders! Bring this board book to life as the little children take part in four fun Christmas activities. Pick a tree, bake a cake, sing a song and give a gift - with robust sliders that are…
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Where’s Mr Penguin?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
An adorable new buggy edition of this bestselling baby book - with felt flaps and a mirror! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mr Penguin?, you're on the look out for Mrs Seal, Mr Seagull, Mrs…
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Where’s Mrs Fox?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mrs Fox?, you're on the look out for Mr Mole, Mrs Hare, Mr Woodpecker and Mrs Fox herself!…
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National Trust: Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Snow

Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
0-2
Explore the big outdoors in these action-packed animal board books with sliders on every page. Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this series of board books will inspire a love of nature in even the littlest of animal lovers. With vibrant artwork printed on white board, robust easy-to-use mechanisms…
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Peekaboo Santa

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
A sparkling new Christmas title in the hit novelty series with multiple sliders! Easy-to-use peekaboo sliders, a funny rhyming text and surprise mirror ending combine in this stylish and interactive board book for babies and toddlers! With a total of 10 smooth mechanisms to push, pull or turn on every…
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National Trust: The Great Big Christmas Tree Hunt

Illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan
0-2
A charming interactive Christmas book from the National Trust - perfect for sharing this festive season! Follow Polar Bear as he sets off on an exciting lift-the-flap adventure. But all is not quite as it seems . . . Will Polar Bear ever find any decorations to put on his…
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Where’s Mr Snowman?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mr Snowman?, you're on the look out for Mrs Angel, Mr Gingerbread man, Mrs Robin and Mr Snowman…
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Sing Along With Me! Jingle Bells

Illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang
0-2
A festive Sing-Along board book, with five robust board sliders - easy for little hands to use! Each board book in this adorable series comes with a free instrumental and vocal version of the song - simply scan the QR code for little ones to listen and sing along! With…
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Bizzy Bear: Zoo Ranger Plush Pack

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Brand new book and plush toy set from the bestselling Bizzy Bear series. This charming Bizzy Bear book and plush toy set makes the perfect gift for a preschooler.Little ones will love to cuddle the adorable soft toy while reading Bizzy Bear: Zoo Ranger, a delightful board book with richly…
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Bizzy Bear: Snow Fun

Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Five easy-to-use sliders, a rhyming story and lots to spot and say in this series of bright, interactive board books for toddlers! Join Bizzy Bear and friends as they take a winter trip into the mountains! Little ones will love using the chunky sliders to help Bizzy go up in…
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A House for Christmas Mouse

Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
2-5
A touching tale about a little mouse with a big heart, featuring festive silver foil on every page! Mouse is very excited for Christmas, but first she needs to find a home to spend it in! On her way through Treetop Forest, she meets Fox, Bunny and Bear, all in…
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Bizzy Bear: My First Sticker Book: Christmas Time

Illustrated by Benji Davies
2-5
A brand-new first sticker book for toddlers and preschoolers! This festive sticker book has over 40 BIG stickers and features charming artwork from Benji Davies, the illustrator of The Storm Whale. Join Bizzy Bear as he has lots of adventures this Christmas, playing in the snow, visiting Santa and delivery…
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Snow Bunny’s Christmas Show

Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
2-5
A touching tale about a little bunny with a big heart, featuring sparkly silver foil on every page! Snow Bunny and her friends are putting on a Christmas show. Finally, the stage is set and Snow Bunny has helped Bear, Mouse and Fox with their acts, but - oh dear!…
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Pip and Posy, Where Are You? At Christmas (A Felt Flaps Book)

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2
A brand-new festive title in the Pip and Posy felt flap series for babies. This beautiful book with colourful, soft felt flaps is based on the bestselling picture book series illustrated by Axel Scheffler. With five colourful felt flaps and rich artwork, toddlers will love joining in this snowy game…
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Ruffles and the Cold, Cold Snow

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of pre-school life in this new picture book series from bestselling author and illustrator David Melling. Today it is snowing and the teeny, tiny kittens want to play outside! Ruffles loves the teeny, tiny kittens but Ruffles…
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Pip and Posy: Snow Coaches

Written by Pip and Posy
2-5
A brand-new, snowy picture book based on the award-winning animated series produced by Magic Light Pictures. Pip and Posy are excited to spend the day sledging as fast as they can down the snowy slopes! They both think their way is the best way to sledge as fast as possible!…
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When a Dragon Loves Christmas

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
A delightful rhyming picture book perfect for any little dragon getting ready to celebrate Christmas! This festive addition to the When a Dragon . . . series by award-winning creators Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour. When it's time to celebrate Christmas, does a dragon…
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Animal Tales from India: Ten Stories from the Panchatantra

Written by Nikita Gill Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat
2-5
A stunningly illustrated gift book of ancient Indian fables, retold by bestselling poet Nikita Gill. Shortlisted for The Week Junior Book Awards 2024! The stories of the Panchatantra have been read aloud and shared for thousands of years, kept alive by generation after generation of storytellers. In this captivating collection…
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This is NOT a Polar Bear!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for fun, games and BIG bear hugs with a fabulous new friend! This book is NOT about a polar bear. Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But this polar bear can drive a train, roller skate, disco dance and even save the world. And there's one…
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National Trust: ‘Tis the Season: A Lift-the-Flap Advent Calendar Book of Christmas Poems

Illustrated by Richard Jones
2-5
A spectacular advent calendar book filled with festive poems, hidden surprises and a magical fold-out frieze! Count down to Christmas with well-loved poets, including Ogden Nash, Nikki Giovanni, John Agard and Christina Rossetti and joyful artwork from Richard Jones. Peek inside the windows of the house to find a family…
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Cosmic Creatures: The Snuggly Snowpop

Written by Tom Huddleston Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
On a faraway planet, cute alien animals need help! Luckily, Charlie and her robot friend, Random, are ready for any rescue adventure... Charlie and her dad are on a mission with Captain Robertson to climb the highest mountain on planet Vela. When some very cute, very cheeky snowpops turn up…
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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Adventurous Arctic Fox

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
At Zoe's Rescue Zoo only the cutest, cuddliest animals need apply! Zoe loves living at her uncle's rescue zoo because there's always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret... She can actually TALK to the animals! There's a new arctic fox at the zoo and she…
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Princess Minna: The Big Bad Snowy Day

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
5-7
Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour, illustrated chapter book, join her on a funny, exciting adventure to help Granny and her friends, and still have time for a snowball fight! Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen,…
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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Runaway Reindeer

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
At Zoe's Rescue Zoo only the cutest, cuddliest animals need apply! Zoe loves living at her uncle's rescue zoo because there's always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret... She can actually TALK to the animals! When Raina the reindeer and her family arrive, it looks…
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On Your Marks, Get Set, Gold!

Written by Scott Allen Illustrated by Antoine Corbineau
5-7
An exciting, laugh-a-minute guide to every Olympic and Paralympic sport - updated for the 2024 Paris Olympics! From boxing to boccia, find out just what it takes to become an Olympic and Paralympic star in this hilariously informative guide to the games. For each sport you'll discover why it's great,…
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A Forever Home for Luna

Written by Linda Chapman Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7
Grace and Jack have a plan - to find purrfect homes for purrfect pets! Nine-year-old twins Grace and Jack run the Forever Homes rehoming service. Whether it's a cheeky puppy or a shy kitten, they're determined to pair every animal with their perfect person - and have lots of adventures…
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National Trust: 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Sandra de la Prada
5-7
This is the ultimate guide to having fun outside for children aged 6-11! Coinciding with the National Trust's relaunch of the 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4 campaign, this book is bursting with ideas to help children from any background discover the great outdoors and get closer to…
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National Trust: Complete Minibeast Explorer’s Kit

Written by Robyn Swift Illustrated by Hannah Alice
5-7
Explore the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts with this brilliant activity backpack from the National Trust! Perfect for budding wildlife explorers, this backpack encourages children to get outside and explore the fascinating world of minibeasts! From beetles to butterflies and spiders to slugs, children can use their very own…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Jingle Bells!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
5-7
Three hilarious read-aloud stories following the adventures of our favourite baking dogs! The much-loved picture book pooches appear here in a two-colour fiction format, ideal for children growing in confidence as readers and beginning to read alone. Shifty and Sam have a lot on their plates! Someone has stolen all…
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Sunshine Stables: Sienna and the Snowy Pony

Written by Olivia Tuffin Illustrated by Jo Goodberry
7-9
At Sunshine Stables, dreams become adventures! Young pony fans will love this fantastic illustrated pony club series from Olivia Tuffin. Sienna loves helping out at Sunshine Stables in exchange for rides on Apples, a perfect little Shetland. Nobody believes Sienna when she says that Apples has racing instincts. When a…
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A World of Dogs

Written by Carlie Sorosiak Illustrated by Luisa Uribe
7-9
Written by bestselling children's author (and accidental American Dingo-owner) Carlie Sorosiak, this gorgeous treasury of fascinating facts and amazing real-life stories is the perfect gift for dog lovers. Throughout human history dogs have been by our side, paw prints following our footprints wherever we roamed. In this collection of fascinating…
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Dragon Storm: Kai and Boneshadow

Written by Alastair Chisholm Illustrated by Eric Deschamps
7-9
The fifth book in a thrilling, magical, and action-packed new fantasy series, illustrated throughout and perfect for 7-9 year olds! In the land of Draconis, there are no dragons. Once, there were. Once, humans and dragons were friends, and created the great city of Rivven together. But then came the…
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How To Survive Anywhere: Staying Alive in the World’s Most Extreme Places

Written by Ben Lerwill Illustrated by Daniel Long
7-9
From the dense rainforests of the Amazon to the chill of the snowy Arctic, come on an intrepid adventure to the world's most extreme places, and find out just what it takes to survive there. Discover how to navigate the vast Australian outback, keep yourself alive in a sandstorm in…
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A Puppy Called Sparkle

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The twelfth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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A Secret in Time

Written by Sally Nicholls Illustrated by Rachael Dean
7-9
Alex and Ruby are back in their FOURTH time-slip adventure, tumbling back into 1947! From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls comes another brilliant action-packed adventure for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Rachael Dean. When siblings Alex and Ruby tumble back through the mirror, they find themselves in the freezing-cold winter of…
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A Christmas in Time

Written by Sally Nicholls Illustrated by Rachael Dean
7-9
Alex and Ruby are back in their SECOND time-slip adventure, tumbling back into a Victorian Christmas! From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls comes another brilliant action-packed adventure for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Rachael Dean. When Alex and Ruby fall through the mirror in their aunt's house, they find themselves in…
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A Donkey Called Mistletoe

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself... A perfect animal story for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted…
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Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
7-9
For Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh, holidays at their grandparents' cottage mean wild beaches, no curfew, Bella the dog, and most of all - adventure! The lead actress in Frost Castle's winter play is sure she's cursed! A break-in, a car accident, and now her precious locket is missing. But…
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Snow Sisters: The Enchanted Waterfall

Written by Astrid Foss Illustrated by Monique Dong
7-9
The fourth in the Snow Sisters series. Three brave sisters must race to discover their magical powers and save their home and their parents from the evil Shadow Witch! Luckily, they have a brave polar bear cub and a cast of cute snowy animals to help them... It's the Day…
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Olivia’s Winter Wonderland

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
It's winter at the Swan Academy, and that means panto! While Olivia practises being the back end of a horse, everyone else is auditioning for a major new movie. Soon the school is full of rivalry and suspicion, nasty tricks and strange mysteries. To lighten the mood, Eel organises a…
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12
"A book with a big brain, big laughs and a big, big heart." - Frank Cottrell-Boyce An extraordinary novel for anyone who's ever been curious. When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad…
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Make More Noise!

9-12
"You have to make more noise than anybody else" - Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK's very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in…
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Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
Business has never been better for Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders - and the music hall is about to open its doors to its biggest act yet: the Illustrious Gandini, the stage magician known as the Great Wizard of the North. But when the Doomstone Diamond - a priceless…
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Rose Campion and the Christmas Mystery

Written by Lyn Gardner
9-12
It's pantomime season at Campions' Palace of Varieties and Wonders - but Rose Campion and her friends have more to worry about than who'll be filling the role of Cinderella. The Duchess - the deadly ruler of the London criminal underworld - has been released from prison, and she has…
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Murder At Snowfall

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
A gripping thriller for readers who like danger and mystery and chills and spills from the comfort of their sofas... Unputdownable. The Times and Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. "Much more Junior Line of Duty than Junior Miss Marple" - The Sunday Times "Just the right level of…
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Murder In Midwinter

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12
Sitting on the top deck of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. They see her watching, she looks away, and the woman disappears. Maya goes to the police, who shrug and send her away. Then a body…
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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang? With cover illustration by David…
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British Museum: Secrets of the Dead

Written by Matt Ralphs Illustrated by Gordy Wright
9-12
Travel back in time to discover secrets of mummies and other human remains from around the world in this fascinating book, publishing 100 years after the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. From ancient Egyptian mummies and European bog bodies to the plaster citizens of Pompeii, painted people of the Steppe…
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Fledgling

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12
A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn't all that he seems to be... A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival…
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