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Our best Christmas gifts: classics & poetry

From beloved childhood classics, to inspiring poetry anthologies, this collection of books make perfect gifts that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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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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 a marvellous…

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A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems

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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The Secret Garden

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
5-7

A favourite bedtime classic, beautifully retold by bestselling and award-winning author, Geraldine Mccaughrean This beloved childhood classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett is now available in a sumptuous gift book edition with dazzling new art. When Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor,…

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Written by Fiona Waters Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
2-5

A glorious and ambitious sequel to I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - winner of Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year 2018 and Red Magazine's Children's Illustrated Book of the Year 2019, and described by Julia Donaldson as "An absolutely beautiful book." This lavishly illustrated gift book treasury…

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Written by Margery Williams Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5

When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he's snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become 'real',if only they are loved enough. But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrownaway, Rabbit…

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I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

2-5

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year 2018, this lavish poetry collection is a perfect present for any age. I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls' poem 'Windsong', is a…

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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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