Give the gift of reading this Christmas

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Published on:05 DECEMBER 2022

Give the gift of reading this Christmas

Books make brilliant gifts for children - colourful pictures, imaginative tales, and fascinating facts – what’s not to like!

We’ve visited Waterstones to find a few of the books that would make great reading for your little bookworm this Christmas.

1. Best Christmas Book

The Jolly Christmas Postman: Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg, £12.99

A seasonal favourite and a justified classic that never loses its magic as it invites you to peek inside the jolly postman's special Christmas mailbag

2. Best classic book

The Little Prince: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, £9.99

One of the world’s best-selling and most-translated books, The Little Prince has captivated generations since its publication in 1943, and is an enchanting story of loneliness, friendship, sadness, and love.

3. Best funny book

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business: Werner Holzwarth, £6.99

This brilliant picture book has become a classic since its publication in 1989. Children love the naughty tale of a little mole who wakes up one morning only to find one of the other animals has ‘done its business' on his head. The Little Mole then sets out to track down the culprit to exact his revenge in his own way.

4. Best picture book

Jim’s Spectacular Christmas: Emma Thompson and Axel Scheffler, £12.99

In a spectacular festive pairing, Dame Emma Thompson joins forces with the iconic illustrator of The Gruffalo for a heartwarming yuletide yarn about the Victoria and Albert Museum's resident pooch. Perfect for children aged 3-8.

5. Best new book

Leila and the Blue Fox: Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston, £12.99

Leila embarks on a journey to find her mother on an Arctic adventure with a brave young fox. This beautiful book is based on the true story of an Arctic fox who walked 2,000 miles from Norway to Canada in 76 days, and is the perfect gift for 9+ readers.

6. Best non-fiction book

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Dinosaur: Katie Daynes, £9.99

Children bombarding you with questions about dinosaurs? This roarsome colourful guide has over 60 flaps to lift to discover the answers even the trickiest dino-related question, like why do dinosaurs have tricky names, could dinosaurs swim? and how big was the biggest dinosaur?

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