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Festive Reads for Christmas 2018 (5-8)

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Ho ho ho! Christmas is just around the bend which means that the elves are hard at work, Santa is double-checking his list and mince pies are aplenty. As the festive season comes closer, here are our favourite Christmas stories that are perfect for the coming magical days. Full of warmth, love and laughter, these brilliant books will make excellent stocking-fillers and Christmas gifts.
[Christmas books round-up for 0-5, 8-12 & 12+]

Dog Diaries: Happy Howlidays! by Steven Butler and James Patterson, illustrated by Richard Watson, published by Arrow (Young)

In this follow-up to the hilarious Dog Diaries, Junior has been in the dog house after giving in to his doggy urges when Mom-Lady turned her back and left him alone with the freshly cooked Thanksgiving turkey. Because of this, Junior is determined to make Christmas the best one ever for his pet humans and redeem his GOOD BOY status.

Junior has never actually experienced a human Christmas before and his perfect plans get sidelined with the shocking appearance of something called snow, a tree that seems to have sprouted in the middle of the Picture Box Room, and packs of strange humans called Carol who come to the front yard and howl. It’s all very confusing…

Where’s Wally: Santa Spectacular,  by Martin Hanford , published by Walker Books

This sensational Santa-themed Wally activity book is bursting with hundreds of stickers. There are loads of wintry sticker-based activities including spot the differences, games, mazes, searches and much more… including a fold-out back cover that you can use to create you very own Where’s Wally? scene. Perfect for Christmas gifting, this book is hours of festive fun!

Cinderella, by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova, published by Templar Books

This unique and special edition of Cinderella tells the classic story in six stunning layered ‘pop-in’ scenes.



Hampstead the Hamster, by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press

Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on Christmas morning! Leo name his new pet Hampstead and he loves him. Everything is great, that is, until Leo realises that Hampstead is down in the dumps. What can Leo do to cheer Hampstead up?


Father Christmas Heard a Parp, by Olaf Falafel, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

The side-splitting festive follow-up to Old MacDonald Heard a Parp, from hilarious picture book superstar, Olaf Falafel.

Father Christmas is getting ready to deliver the presents – but he keeps getting distracted by some VERY rude noises! Who keeps PARPING?! Could such a big noise actually be coming from someone rather small…? More windy fun is in store in this brilliant picture book by the sensational Olaf Falafel. Featuring helpful do-it-yourself instructions so you can parp along to your heart’s content and drive your family nuts during the holidays, it’s set to be the ultimate stocking filler for Christmas! Fans of The Dinosaur That Pooped series will love this tongue-in-cheek Christmas tale.

Read an extract here
Watch the book trailer here

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic, written and Illustrated by Harriet Muncaster, published by Oxford University Press

Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? Also bursting with activities and fun things to make and do!


How Winston Delivered Christmas, by Alex T. Smith, published by Macmillan Children’s Books 

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith is a festive book written in 24½ chapters – one to share every day leading up to Christmas.

Follow Winston the mouse as he sets out to deliver Oliver’s letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on this Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.

Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do – you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents and decorations.

It is a heart-warming tale to share every year in the run up to Christmas, and is full of gorgeous colour illustrations and activities to do together that will become festive family traditions.

The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Unfold the concertina pages to follow Gerda’s epic journey to the palace of the Snow Queen to rescue her best friend Kai, bewitched by a splinter of ice from an enchanted mirror. Reveal a beautiful pop-up palace on the final page and interact using the stand-up play figures. Discover enchanting silhouette artwork from artist Laura Barrett alongside a simple, evocative retelling of this famous tale.

Christmas Comes to Moominvalley, by Alex Haridi and Cecilia Davidsson, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

A beautiful, collectible and classic picture book, lavishly embossed and foiled, Christmas Comes to Moominvalley is the perfect gift for Moomin fans of all ages.

An exquisitely illustrated re-telling of Tove Jansson’s classic story The Fir Tree, in which the Moomins are woken up from their winter sleep to be told that ‘Christmas’ is coming. The only trouble is, the Moomins have no idea who, or what Christmas is . . .

With a sensitively adapted picture book text that captures Tove Jansson’s uniquely wise, perceptive and original voice, paired with delicate, painterly illustrations full of character and detail and based on Jansson’s original drawings and colour plates, this collectable picture book edition introduces a new generation of readers to the loveable Moomin family and friends and their special values of tolerance, kindness and integrity, as they prepare for their first Christmas, and try to solve the puzzle of what ‘Christmas’ really means . . .

Little Sticker Dolly Dressing Snow Princess, by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Antonia Miller, published by Usborne

The Snow Princess is hosting a grand winter ball at her Ice Palace. Dress the dolls for a walk in the snow, ice skating, a magical night at the ball and lots more. With over 200 reusable stickers of beautiful winter outfits, decorations and accessories, plus a fold-out back cover to ‘park’ stickers whilst they’re not in use.


Where’s the Llama?: A Search-and-Find Adventure, published by Egmont


Alpaca your bags and join some cheeky globe-trotting llamas and their cacti buddies on this hilarious search-and-find adventure, full of jam-packed scenes, fun artwork, exotic locations, quirky characters and llama puns galore!

Look out for the six cheeky llamas and their six cacti friends in each busy scene throughout the book. Be warned though, they’re very good at hiding!
LEGO Winter Wonderland Ultimate Sticker Collection, published by DK

With more than 1,000 LEGO® stickers, LEGO Winter Wonderland Ultimate Sticker Collection is festively fun, packed full of snowy scenes, perfect presents, excited elves, and much more. Covering a range of LEGO® themes and LEGO minifigures, it is perfect for old and new LEGO fans alike! Children will adore exploring wintery worlds, meeting LEGO characters and decking the halls with candy canes.

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Lucy’s Search for Little Star, by Anne Booth, illustrated by Sophy Williams, published by Oxford University Press

Lucy’s made friends with a little kitten called Star, but when they get lost in a snowstorm Lucy’s magic snow globe is their only hope. Close your eyes and make a wish for a Christmas miracle!


The Ultimate Unicorn Joke Book, published by Egmont 

Get ready to giggle glitter and laugh yourself silly in this hilarious new joke book all about . . . UNICORNS!

Where do unicorns throw their rubbish?

In the glitter bin!

What’s a unicorn’s favourite TV show?

Which unicorn smells?
The POO-nicorn!

Full of jokes, puns and one-liners about unicorns, mermaids, wizards, rainbows and much, much more. This book is hot-to-trot and you’re guaranteed to laugh yourself HORSE! The perfect gift for fans of unicorn, mermaids, glitter, sparkles and anyone who loves a uni-corny joke!