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Gift Ideas for Young Readers

If you’re looking for gift ideas for young readers you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a compilation of our favourite books which would make great gifts. This collection features timeless classic children’s books full of adventure and intrigue, poetry anthologies to delight and inspire and exquisite books perfect as keepsakes. Your young bookworm will love these ideas!

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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. 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 of ten animal tales, reimagined with warmth and…
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Peter Pan

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
2-5
The beloved childhood classic by J.M. Barrie is retold in rhyme in a sumptuous new gift book edition with beautiful new art When Peter Pan flies into the Darlings' room one dusky evening, he convinces Wendy and her brothers to come with him to the magical world of Neverland, where…
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A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems

Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
2-5
Explore an enchanting world of 101 nursery rhymes, poems and songs, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, illustrator of I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, which won Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year. This is the fourth title in the Nosy Crow Classics series, which includes The Velveteen Rabbit, Peter…
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British Museum: Celebrate!

Written by Laura Mucha Illustrated by Hannah Tolson
5-7
Travel the world in this awe-inspiring new gift title from the British Museum featuring 50 spectacular new festivals that you won't want to miss! It's time to celebrate as you explore some of the world's most exciting festivals from different countries, cultures and religions around the globe. From the familiar…
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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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National Trust: Butterfly Skies

Written by Lauren Fairgrieve Illustrated by Kate Read
5-7
In this gorgeous gift book, create your own beautiful 3D butterflies before discovering fascinating facts about each species! Press out the pieces and slot them together to create 20 different irresistible flying friends. After finishing your 3D flutter, either hang the stunning decorations to make a butterfly sky or press…
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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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A Whale of a Time

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Matt Hunt
5-7
A brilliantly illustrated collection of 366 hilarious poems to keep you laughing all year round! From rib-ticklingly funny to wryly witty, each poem in this uplifting collection is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and is perfect for reading aloud to share even more side-splitting hilarity with family…
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National Trust: Out and About Sky Explorer: A children’s guide to clouds, constellations and other amazing things to spot in the sky

Written by Elizabeth Jenner Illustrated by Anja Sušanj
7-9
From amazing cloud formations and rainbows to twinkling stars and planets, become an expert sky explorer with this brilliant guide to the wonders of the sky, both by day and night. Wherever you are, whatever the weather, there's always something to see if you look up! Learn how to tell…
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Deadlock

Written by Simon Fox
9-12
Perfect for fans of Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl, Simon Fox's latest action-packed thriller is ideal for readers too young for Jack Reacher or Line of Duty. Archie Blake thought his policeman father teaching him how to pick locks and open safes was just a bit of fun. But when…
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British Museum: The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Amazing Animals and Beautiful Birds

Illustrated by Rachel Cloyne
2-5
Get creative with this amazing colouring book from the bestselling Colouring Cards and Envelopes series, full of beautifully-designed cards and envelopes to tear out and colour. The 24 gorgeous designs are inspired by animals and birds found in the British Museum and are perfect for all ages to decorate and…
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The Earth Book

Illustrated by Hannah Alice
5-7
Take a closer look inside Earth with this incredible board book about our planet, with see-through acetate pages. Have you ever thought about how amazing our world is? What happens deep under the Earth's surface? How do volcanoes form? And how does our planet stay a healthy place for us…
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The Big Book of Mysteries

Written by Tom Adams Illustrated by Yas Imamura
9-12
A captivating new gift title featuring over 100 real-life mysteries that might just give you goosebumps! Does the Loch Ness monster really exist? What ever happened to the crew of the Mary Celeste? And where exactly are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Get ready to be amazed as you uncover…
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Father Christmas and the Three Bears

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
2-5
A fun and festive Christmas fairy-tale adventure. It's Christmas Eve and Father Christmas has fallen asleep at the Three Bears' cottage but NOTHING will wake him. It's up to Baby Bear and the Fairy-Tale Rescue Rangers to deliver the last presents so EVERY child gets a gift. But how will…
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The Wind in the Willows

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Kate Hindley
5-7
Meet Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger in this timeless adventure that has enchanted generations of children.   This beloved childhood classic by Kenneth Grahame is now available in a stunning gift book edition with dazzling new art.   One spring day, Mole peers out from his underground home to find…
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British Museum: The Curse of the Tomb Robbers (An Ancient Egyptian Puzzle Mystery)

Written by Andy Seed Illustrated by James Weston Lewis
7-9
Learn how to read hieroglyphs in this compelling puzzle adventure story, publishing 200 years after the Rosetta Stone was deciphered! Written by Blue Peter award-winning author Andy Seed, in consultation with experts at the British Museum, and sumptuously illustrated in colour by highly acclaimed artist James Weston Lewis. When ancient…
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And Everything Will Be Glad to See You

Written by Ella Risbridger Illustrated by Anna Shepeta
5-7
A forceful, passionate and uplifting collection of poems by women and girls that is guaranteed to inspire, delight and empower. From well-loved poets, including Maya Angelou, Wendy Cope, Lucille Clifton and Christina Rossetti, to newer voices such as Amanda Gorman, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Ada Limón, this outstanding collection from talented…
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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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National Trust: Complete Night Explorer’s Kit

Written by Robyn Swift Illustrated by Sara Lynn Cramb
5-7
Become a night-time nature explorer with this brilliant activity backpack from the National Trust! Perfect for any budding wildlife explorers, this backpack encourages children to get outside and discover nature at night-time! Children will be able to light the way with their own LED torch - ideal for spotting any…
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National Trust: Mother and Daughter Dress-Up Dolls: Fashion From Long Ago

Written by Gracie Swan Illustrated by Felicity French
2-5
In this beautiful, hardback book, children can dress up dolls and learn about fashion through the ages. Press out the 8 mother and daughter dolls, attach their foot stands, then pick which of the 40 historical outfits to put them in, using the easy fold-down tabs, before adding a hat…
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Writes of Passage: Words To Read Before You Turn 13

Written by Nicolette Jones Illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt
9-12
An inspiring, accessible and powerful collection of words that matter. Published in a gorgeous hardback edition, with a stunning neon and foil-stamped cover, ribbon marker, and beautifully designed insides, Writes of Passage is the perfect gift for every occasion - birthdays, Christmas, school leaving celebrations, confirmations, bar and bat mitzvahs,…
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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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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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National Trust: Complete Bird Spotter’s Kit

Illustrated by Mike Langman
5-7
Become a birdwatcher with this brilliant activity backpack from the National Trust! Ideal for any budding birdwatchers, this backpack encourages children to get outside and spot birds in the wild! Children will be able to use their own binoculars, and then scribble down notes in their handy notebook. The spotter's…
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National Trust: Sunday Funday: A Nature Activity for Every Weekend of the Year

Written by Katherine Halligan Illustrated by Jesús Verona
7-9
A gorgeous gift book filled with 52 seasonal activities that families and friends can enjoy together, published in collaboration with the National Trust. Make every Sunday a fun day with an inspirational nature activity for every weekend of the year! From green-fingered gardening projects and outdoor obstacle courses to creative…
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