from Disguised Dogs to Striking Out

Christmas street

Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius

£ 14.99 Snooping Crow

This festive rhyme is both an ABC book and a book that lifts the flap. Little hands will find the large panels easy to navigate, and the simple, bright images will delight parents and kids time and time again.

The Fire Fox

Alexandra Page, illustrated by Stef Murphy

£ 12.99, two hoots

Freya lost her father. Everything seems cold and empty. Then, she meets a fire fox, whose magic lights up the sky. This story is deceptively simple, with lovely illustrations and a heart-warming ending.

The lights that dance in the night

Yuval Zommer

£ 12.99, OUP

Wild cats and arctic foxes frolic under a starry sky, while whales, puffins and polar bears sing loudly. Nature is always at the forefront of Zommer’s work, and this book is a sparkling winter masterpiece.

Disguised dogs

Peter Bently, illustrated by John Bond

£ 12.99, HarperCollins

What do our canine companions do when the sign says “Dogs prohibited”? They put on disguises! With curly wigs and huge hats, tuxedos and extravagant mustaches, it’s very funny.

The boy who tried to narrow his name

Sandhya Parappukkaran, illustrated by Michelle Pereira

£ 11.99, bright light

On his first day at a new school, young Zimdalamashkermishkada decides he needs a new name. But does he do it? A powerful story of what it means to be yourself.

Stuntman, meanwhile

Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raul III

£ 7.99, Knights of

Exploring bullying, anxiety, and what it means to be a kid, 2021 Carnegie winner Reynolds wrote this fun adventure for his 10-year-old.

One night at the Frost Fair

Emma Carroll, illustrated by Sam Usher

£ 10.99, Simon & Schuster

Gran has always talked about Edmund, but Maya has never been able to find out who he is. Then, she finds herself going back in time to meet him. Beautiful illustrations.

To count

Melvin Burgess, illustrated by Chris Mold

£ 6.99, Andersen Press

Brandon’s best friend, Waris, counted to 1,000. So Brandon is going to count to ten million. It can’t be that hard… surely? As the numbers go up, things get weirder and stranger.

Santa’s list

Kieran Crowley, illustrated by James Lancett

£ 6.99, School

Aisling and Joe are on Santa’s naughty list. And they’re about to do something that could ruin Christmas for all the kids in the world. A sweet story with just a touch of magic.

The girl who spoke to the trees

Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry

£ 12.99, Zephyr

Olive’s best friend is a 400-year-old oak tree, and she can tell him anything. Then one day, his tree tells him a story of its own. Told with elegance and wit by the winner of Costa Farrant.

50 things to try in winter

Kim hankinson

£ 6.99, b small edition

This notebook contains seasonal facts, craft projects, and all kinds of ways for kids to express themselves. A load of stockings that will fill dark afternoons long after the wrapping paper is gone.

latest news

Nick Sheridan illustrated by David O’Connell

£ 9.99, Simon & Schuster

Written by a journalist, this is an accessible and witty book that gives kids insight into how news is reported and how to look past the headlines for the real story. Funny, inspiring and timely.

inside in

Jan Paul Schutten, photography by Arie van ‘t Riet

£ 13.99, children of Greystone

A unique look at the natural world, using X-ray techniques to see creatures from all over the animal kingdom inside. Pretty, informative and filled with wonder.

Black joy

Edited by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff & Timi Sotire

£ 14.99, Penguin

A collection of 28 uplifting and empowering essays as leading black British voices detail their experiences of love, food, community, music, nature and more.

Kay’s wonderful medicine

Adam kay

£ 14.99, puffin

Did you know that people once had their guts sewn up with ant heads? This macabre story of the human body is full of facts and jokes, and there is a plethora of lawless illustrations.

Monster Hunting For Beginners

Ian Mark, illustrated by Louis Ghibault

£ 12.99, Farshore

Jack is small for his age, wears glasses, and is terribly awkward. Oh, and now his dad is gone, he’s an apprentice monster hunter. Pacey, with lots of great jokes.

The unexpected story of Bastien Bonlivre

Claire Povey

£ 7.99, Usborne

When Bastien’s parents died, he was sent to a Parisian orphanage. “Go ahead and write the unexpected,” his father once told him, and Bastien is determined to do it. A love letter to all that is bookish.

Christmas carols

Mel Taylor-Bessent, illustrated by Selom Sunu

£ 7.99, Farshore

When Holly moves out and opens a new school, everyone seems to think her party is a little weird. Will she be able to keep her Christmas spirit?

Lily locked out

Nick Lake, illustrated by Emily Gravett

£ 12.99, Simon & Schuster

Lily’s mom and dad are having a baby, so Lily is going to stay with her grandmother. All Lily wants to do is come home. There are echoes of Coraline in this thrilling and frightening adventure.

The lion above the door

Onjali Q Rauf

£ 7.99, Orion

When Leo discovers his name engraved on the wall of Rochester Cathedral, all he has to do is find out more… A beautiful story about family and identity, fitting in and having the courage to stand out.

The stolen dream book

David Farr

£ 12.99, Usborne

Rachel’s father often told her about the Stolen Dream Book, but never thought that she would see it for herself, let alone steal it. A powerful debut novel from one of television’s greatest screenwriters.

The snowflake

Benji davies

£ 8.99, HarperCollins

One winter night, a snowflake begins to fall. At first she is scared, but then she finds a
little girl called Noëlle. A book about being small and finding your way around the world, it will make grown-ups cry in the best possible way.

Einstein the penguin

Iona Rangeley, illustrated by David Tazzyman

£ 12.99, HarperCollins

The Stewarts could never have guessed that a day trip to the zoo would mean they would end up sharing their home with a penguin, not to mention the incredible mystery that follows. Will seduce Paddington fans.


Loveday Trinick & Teagan White

£ 25, Big Picture press

With intricate yet spectacular artwork written by a marine biologist, they are filled with facts as fascinating as the creatures are extraordinary.

No Man’s Land

Joanna nadin

£ 7.99, UCLan

War is upon Albion, and 10-year-old Alan is about to find out what makes a real hero – and it’s not what he imagined. The text is easily accessible even for a reluctant reader, while the story hangs from the start.


Lucie Hope

£ 7.99 Snooping Crow

Cassie expects the shivering creature that blew into her room to be an owl. Instead, she finds something with not two wings, but four. And that’s just the beginning… An ethereal story of love and hope.


Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga

£ 12.99, School

Writer and poet Okwonga teamed up with the former England striker to create a story inspired by Wright’s own experiences. It’s the tender face of football, inspiring girls and boys to face their fears.

Why we fly

Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

£ 13.99, Reference books

When the cheerleaders decide to kneel down in the first game of the season, the consequences are huge. Yet best friends Eleanor and Chanel will always have each other to fall back on. Is not it ?


Keith gray

£ 7.99, Barrington Stoke

Little new Nottingham has arrived in the village, and it looks like Sully’s status as number one climber is in jeopardy. Written for less confident readers, this book is short, accessible, and really very powerful.

Happy kisses to you

Jenni Jennings

£ 7.99, School

Sleigh bells ring for Sam, Milly and Robert, and the school Christmas ball
fast approaching. Several voices tell the story of this seasonal romantic comedy, which has enough feel-good energy to light up the sullest of Scrooges.

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