Christmas reads for kids – part 1

This year I have received amazing Christmas reads for kids and here are some of my favourite ones. I will be listing more books as I believe that they are never out of fashion even in the digital era and will always make for great gifts. 

 

The Way Home for Wolf by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Jim Field. RRP £12.99

Who would not love to read the adventures of a wolf puppy who makes a lot of new friends on his perilous journey to get back home? This book is full of sweet illustrations and the rhymes make the story sound like a song. The story is about Wilf who is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be – he can do it ALL BY HIMSELF. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the snow and chill of an Arctic night, he discovers something important – sometimes we all need the help of a friend to show us the way. A feel-good tale of friendship set in the snowy Arctic from the creators of the bestselling, multi-award-winning The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could.

 

Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell. RRP 12.99

Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful magic in an exciting fantasy adventure from the author of How To Train Your Dragon. Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book. Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. But Wish and Xar are separated by the highest wall imaginable and time is running out …

 

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. RRP £12.99

Morrigan Crow’s adventures in the magical world of Nevermoor continue in Wundersmith. The most anticipated sequel of the year, this is a treat for all fans of magic and ‘wunder’. In a stunningly designed package – with silver foil, hidden artwork under the jacket and beautifully designed interiors – it will make a perfect gift for all young readers.

 

Nadiya’s Bake me a Celebration Story by Nadiya Hussain. RRP £14.99

A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, Bake Me a Celebration Story combines playful photography of Nadiya and her children with vibrant illustrations by Clair Rossiter. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Holi or Chinese New Year, there are many special moments to be enjoyed as a family throughout the year. And what better way to celebrate than to share stories, enjoy crafts and make delicious food with Nadiya, Britain’s favourite baker

Take a look at our Christmas Gift guide in print in the latest issue! It’s full of books!

Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton, illustrated by Becky Cameron. RRP £25.00

A stunning treasury of favourite bedtime stories from one of the world’s best-loved storytellers. Both a gorgeous gift for fans of Enid Blyton and a striking introduction to her work for new readers, this glorious hardback contains over 300 pages of beautifully illustrated short stories to read and share at bedtime. With gorgeous full-colour illustrations by Becky Cameron throughout, this special book is a gift to treasure forever.

Enid Blyton’s books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children’s author. She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy.  Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world’s best-loved storytellers.

Becky Cameron is a British author and illustrator from sunny Sheffield. She graduated in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and has just completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. She was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize during her MA. As well as drawing and illustrating picture books she also loves cats, Kate Bush, moleskine sketchbooks, walking up hills and spends much too much time on twitter and instagram. She dislikes pigeons, slugs in the bathroom and being late for things. She lives in Oxfordshire.

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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