Our Christmas Top Picks: Children’s Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: Children’s Books

The Midnight Gang

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop

Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’.

The Chistmasaurus

 Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus (yes! The real Santa Claus!), a nasty piece of work called the Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur …

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner

Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears – cheese sandwiches, socks …even a small yellow elephant on wheels!

Spirit of the Jungle

Could you survive in the jungle? After being washed away down the Wainganga River during a flash flood, Mak wakes up alone in the Indian jungle. The jungle is full of danger – poisonous snakes, cunning monkeys and desperate poachers – and every step Mak takes might be his last.


Clover Moon’s imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone.

Maze Runner: Fever Code

The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.

Roald Dahl’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection

Six Roald Dahl favourites come together in this very special box set: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The BFG and The Twits.

Zog and the flying doctors

Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty ‘air ambulance’, Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion.


Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet; Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school.

The Royal Rabbits of London

The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis…But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?

Minecraft Exploded

Minecraft Exploded Builds is a medieval-themed building book, packed with guides, schematics and inspirational ideas to construct, defend and customise your very own castle.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before.

Tom Gates #11: Dog Zombies Rule

Here’s my EXCELLENT PLAN to make DogZombies the BEST band in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! How hard can it be? (Very.) Right now I’m going to: 1. Write more songs. (Not about teachers.) 2. Make a SPECTACULAR music video. (Easy.)

Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures

 In her most personal book yet, Millie brings you her selection of the most remarkable animals on earth to colour in.

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Ellen gets a big shock when her reflection climbs out of a mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that.

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. 

The Tales of Kitty in Boots

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all – Mr. Tod!


The final, heartstopping installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. What will become of B Smith? And is apocalpyse nigh?!

Bear Grylls Extreme Planet

Bear Gryll’s Extreme Planet is a whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, wildest, thinnest, coolest, hottest, scariest and smelliest things on the planet. A fantasic journey around the world.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. 

Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires

It’s Halloween and Daisy is going trick-or-treating for the very first time. In the dark …in the fog …with a vampire …armed only with a torch and some silly string. 

Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend

o help earn some money for the family, Rafe concocts a brilliant plan – a dog-walking business that soon turns into a huge money-making neighbourhood empire.

Dork Diaries 11 Frenemies Forever

Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are up for another adventure in the eleventh book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series.

The Darkest Dark

Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears – darkness. 

Tom Gates: Brilliant World of Tom Gates LENTICULAR

When my teacher, Mr Fullerman, doesn’t have his BEADY EYES on me, I like to draw pictures and write stories about stuff, like when we had the worst holiday ever (camping sucks), and when my parents came to school for parents’ evening (groan). 

The Christmas tale of Peter Rabbit

Emma Thompson continues the adventures of Peter Rabbit in this super new Christmas tale featuring Peter, his comical little cousin Benjamin Bunny, and a certain feathered friend called William. 

Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. 

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask – Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about.

The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark)

The first book in a new series about an orphan boy who discovers he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters.

Super Gran

Granny Smith is an ordinary little old lady when something extraordinary happens. She is struck by rays from a super machine and becomes …Super Gran! 

Tom Gates Top of the Class (Nearly)

From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers – Red House Children’s Book Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 5 – 12 year-olds and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes the ninth amazing instalment of this brilliant series!

Revolting Rhymes

I bet you think you know this story. You don’t. The real one’s much more gory. From Cinderella and Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, wicked beasts, brazen crooks and a ghastly giant star in these hilarious nursery rhymes with BITE!

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story: Fifteen Stories and Recipes for Children

A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story brings families into the kitchen to spend time together sharing stories and cooking.

The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

The Jolly Postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor’s letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on.

Marge in Charge

Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules …At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Muscian conducts a chaotic concert in the playground!

Odd and the Frost Giants

A thrilling, wintry Nordic epic from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell, weaving a tale of legend, magic and adventure which will grip and enchant readers from beginning to end.

My Little Pony: Where Equestria Comes to Life

See Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends like you’ve never seen them before in the only Augmented Reality character guidebook for the world of Hasbro’s smash-hit animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. 

Transformers Robots in Disguise: Where Crown City Comes to Life

Bring Autobots and Decepticons to life in the palm of your hand. Interact and customize your favourite Transformers, then make them lifesize and watch them grow to real size.

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

 Lots of dictionaries tell you what an ‘alligator’ is, or how to spell ‘balloon’ but they won’t explain the difference between a ‘ringbeller’ and a ‘trogglehumper’, or say why witches need ‘gruntles’ eggs’ or suggest a word for the shape of a ‘Knid’.

A Treasury of Songs

This beautifully produced songbook treasury is illustrated throughout with Axel Scheffler’s warm and wonderful artwork, and comes with a CD of all the songs performed by Julia herself

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

The book is a brilliant extension to Dahl’s wonderful stories, and gives fascinating insights into the characters and events from Roald Dahl’s writing in a humorous, exciting and downright gloriumptious way. 

Winnie the Pooh: The Best Bear in All the World

With brand-new stories from some of the most beloved children’s authors writing today: Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Kate Saunders and Jeanne Willis – each will transport you back into the 100 Acre Wood for more adventures with Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, and the rest. 

Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic.

Bear Grylls World Adventure Survival Camp

Bear Grylls World Adventure Survival Camp will teach you everything you need to know to cope in all weather and terrain. The perfect gift for any young adventurers in training.

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.

The World’s Worst Children

From the world’s favourite author, David Walliams – ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters; all in a gorgeously gifty FULL COLOUR format! Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

Greatest Animal Stories, Chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Award-winning children’s writer and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them in one place …Here! 

Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes

With twenty-four recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is a great way to introduce Gruffalo fans to cooking and baking. 

LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster Battle for the Stolen Crystals

Play and read all at the same time with LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster Battle for the Stolen Crystals. Create fantastic models with the help of an exciting storybook, filled with step-by-step instructions. 

Disney Zootropolis Essential Guide

Disney Zootropolis: The Essential Guide introduces the characters, locations, themes and key moments from the Disney movie in DK’s lively and informative non-fiction style. 

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74 thoughts on “Our Christmas Top Picks: Children’s Books

  1. The three books I would pick are: Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner’, Neil Gaiman’s ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ and the ‘Roald Dahl Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection’ :-)!

  2. The Jolly Postman , because it’s a much loved classic. Revolting Rhymes because it’s fun. Odd and the Frost Giants because it’s Neil Gaiman and because I love Chris Riddell’s illustrations.

  3. The three books my little one would love are Treasury of Songs by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, The Jolly Postman by Janet & Alan Ahlberg and The Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield!

  4. The kids would love to read Revolting rhymes because this was a favourite of a mine as a child. The girl who saved Christmas and last but not least The midnight gang.

  5. Bit of a mistake giving Frankie who turned 8 years old last week the laptop! Her selection wasn’t far from what I would have chosen. The Midnight Gang, Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection (as we’ve got the 29 cd collection for Christmas already) and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

  6. ah such fab childrens books…. The 3 I would pick would be Clover Moon (under strict instructions from my daughter 🙂 ), greatest animal stories and curious creatures colouring book 🙂

  7. Hard to choose because there are so many great books in that list, but I’d pick The Christmasaurus, The Chamber of Secrets and The Fever Code. 🙂

  8. Fabulous books having three small grandchildren , I would have to say kitty in boots , the midnight gang and christmasaurus, they all still love their bedtime stories with real books

  9. i ASKED MY NIECES AND THEY SAID, Greatest Animal Stories, Clover Moon and The Best Bear in All The World , all of which sound amazing and fun to read

  10. Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas ,Bear Grylls Extreme Planet and The Girl Who Saved Christmas are the 3 my grand children chose ,I think I would enjoy the as well

  11. Odd and the Frost Giants, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, and Clover Moon – These choices were much tougher than I thought they would be! There are so many incredible books here.

  12. My older daughter has Ottoline and the Purple Fox, and The Gloriumptious World of Road Dahl on her wish list already, and I think she’d also like The World’s Worst Children.

  13. Minecraft exploded, Top of the Class (Nearly) (Tom Gates 9), and Roald Dahl’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection. Well that’s the grandkids sorted and I might enjoy them myself.

  14. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Greatest Animal Stories chosen by Michael Morpurgo & Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen. Wonderful gift guide, thank you.

  15. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Greatest Animal Stories chosen by Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Collection.

  16. I’d choose Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl and Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story. So many great books to choose from!

  17. My three choices would be … Millie Marottas Curious Creatures … Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes …. The Tale Of Kitty In Boots Beatrix Potter

  18. I’d like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, as I think my daughter is now just old enough to appreciate this (and I would too!), plus Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and I’m intrigued to read Tom Fletcher’s Christmasaurus

  19. The books that I would so very much love to read would be The Scrumdiddilyumptious story collection by Roald Dahl, Winnie the Pooh: The best bear in all the world and The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit. So hard to pick only 3, so many lovely books for children to read!

  20. I’d like to win Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson, The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. My kids would love these!

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