Christmas Books round-up 8-12 and 12+

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Here is our list of the best Christmas books to get you feeling cosy and festive in the run-up to Christmas! From the final title in Matt Haig and Chris Mould’s wonderful Christmas trilogy to the best Christmas present of all (Harry Potter), there’s a book for everyone to enjoy this festive month. (For our Christmas books round-up for 0-5 and 5-8, click here).


Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould, published by Canongate


It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day – even in July – and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . .

Read our Q&A with Matt Haig and Chris Mould here.

Winter Magic curated by Abi Elphinstone, published by Simon & Schuster

A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers.

The Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic children’s writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, published by Penguin Random House

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .

Hetty Feather’s Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, published by Double Day Children’s

Cosy up for Christmas with this brand-new festive story, starring everyone’s favourite Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather!

An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .

Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, this beautifully-packaged hardback is complete with stunning illustrations by Nick Sharratt and fabulous bonus material featuring fun facts about the Victorian Christmas. The perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.

The Accidental Father Christmas by Tom McLaughlin, published by Oxford University Press

An absolute Christmas cracker!

When Ben starts to have serious doubts that Father Christmas is real, he hatches an elaborate scheme to try and capture him on Christmas Eve. What ensues is a sequence of hilarious events that will make this Christmas the most bonkers ever! We’re super excited for the latest hilarious caper from author Tom McLaughlin. Funny by name. Funny by nature.

Enter our competition for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Accidental Father Christmas (closing Friday 15th December).


Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett, published by Penguin Random House

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary!?

Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) – you’ll never see Christmas in the same way again.

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell, published by Macmillan

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short stories, decorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition by J K Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, published by Bloomsbury

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic!

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger

Visit our competitions page to win a festive bundle from DK, or Christmas books including The Turkey that Voted for ChristmasAll I Want for Christmas and Lily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish. Plus a signed copy of Pick a Pine Tree!