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Children’s Gift Guide: Winter Fiction of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides. 

In this gift guide, we’re recommending the best winter reads for all ages. If you’re looking for some old favourites, join the Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of Christmas in this board book for 1-3 years, Happy Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring Eric Carle’s distinctive artwork depicting sparkling stars and snowy scenes. Mog returns in the classic story by Judith Kerr in this edition of Mog’s Christmas, a picture book aimed at 2-5 years old. And if someone’s learning how to count then Ten Little Reindeer by Johnny Lambert is perfect – count to ten and back again in this lift-the-flap Christmas board book with lovely illustrations.

Dancer's Dream, A by Katherine Woodfine, Lizzy Stewart

Published: 29th Oct '20
Hardback
£14.99

A beautifully illustrated retelling of the classic story of The Nutcracker is perfect for ballet fans everywhere. 

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12 Days of Christmas by Lara Hawthorne

Published: 6th Oct '20
Hardback
£10.99

The Twelve Days of Christmas, is beautifully illustrated by Laura Hawthorne in this stunning edition of the well-loved traditional poem.

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Robin and the Fir Tree, The by Jason Jameson

Published: 12th Nov '20
Hardback
£14.99

The fir tree grows in the forest and his friend, the robin, tells him stories of the world she has seen but the fir tree dreams of more than the woods for himself. One day he is cut down and taken away to be a beautiful Christmas tree but what will happen when his decorations are put away? Written and beautifully illustrated by Jason Jameson, this is a story of friendship and new life with an ultimately uplifting ending.

 

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Where Snow Angels Go by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, Maggie O'Farrell

Published: 5th Nov '20
Hardback
£14.99

An extraordinary and compelling modern fairy tale about the bravery of a little girl and the miracle of a snowy day. O’Farrell has written the perfect picture book for older children and Terrazzini’s illustrations are beautifully accompaniments.

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Shortest Day, The by Carson Ellis, Susan Cooper

Published: 5th Nov '20
Paperback / softback
£7.99

Susan Cooper’s poem The Shortest Day captures the melancholic yet joyful time of the shortest day of the year and all the rituals that go along with it, and is accompanied by gorgeous, evocative illustrations by Carson Ellis.

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Three Wishes, The: A Christmas Story by Alan Snow

Published: 12th Nov '20
Hardback
£12.99

Think of this like the superhero origin story of Santa Claus, tying together all the different myths and legends surrounding the mysterious figure in a red coat. Beautifully told and illustrated.

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Trouble on Planet Christmas by Kate Saunders, Neal Layton

Published: 5th Nov '20
Paperback / softback
£6.99

Jake and Sadie are transported to a place where elves and reindeer are their friends and everything is about getting ready for Christmas, the best holiday of the year. A funny festive-themed story for the younger reader.

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Tinsel: The Girls Who Invented Christmas by Sibeal Pounder

Published: 29th Oct '20
Hardback
£9.99

A Christmas origin story packing friendship, feminism, sleigh rides and fairies. From the author of the Witch Wars series and set in Victorian London and the North Pole.

 

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Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, The by Shane Devries, Tom Fletcher

Published: 29th Oct '20
Paperback / softback
£6.99

The magical sequel to Tom Fletcher’s winter adventure The Christmasaurus, the story of William and his meeting with the most extraordinary dinosaur. 

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Good Bear, The by Fiona Woodcock, Sarah Lean

Published: 15th Oct '20
Hardback
£12.99

Thea goes to Norway to visit her estranged father for the holidays. While her dad is busy with his new family, Thea makes a surprising discovery. Deep in the woods is a bear who’s scared, hungry and desperately needs her help.
A wintry adventure from the bestselling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

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