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Our Top Children’s Books Christmas 2017

Our Top Children’s Books Christmas 2017

Books make fantastic presents and stocking fillers for children at Christmas. We have put together a list of children’s books that have made it on to our Christmas list this year.


1. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

What if instead of dreaming to marry a prince, she could dream about creating a vaccine, winning an Olympic medal or walking on Mars?

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls tells the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. The book is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo who, having researched the lack of female role models in children’s literature, decided to write a book which told a different story.

Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

This book is a must for Christmas 2017. To buy Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, click here


2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Life isn’t much fun at number four Privet Drive, at least not for Harry Potter, living under the stairs in a cupboard full of spiders, but all of that is about to change. On the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday the letters start arriving; letters written in emerald green ink on yellowing parchment with an unmistakable letter H on purple wax seals. Because Harry Potter is no ordinary boy, he is the boy who lived, the wizard whose name everyone in the magical world knows and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin and life for Harry Potter will never be the same again.

So pick up your broomstick, have your wand at the ready. Waterstones invites you to Join Harry as he discovers the magical world for the very first time at the start of this incredible, multi-award-winning series.

This is where the magic begins!

For more information or to buy this book click here


3. The Fox and the Star

The fox and the star

This book was on last year’s Christmas list and has been read countless times in our house. It’s a stunning story that will captivate little minds with the timeless story and beautiful illustrations

Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star was not there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone and learns to embrace life and the world around us. It is a book that crackles with imagination and wonder.

Beautifully created by Coralie Bickford-Smith, it’s inspired by the author’s own personal experience, the works of William Blake and graphic designer William Morris. It is a work of art that deserves a place on every book lover’s bookshelf, young and old.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


4.Roald Dahl’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Books Collection

Roald Dahl Collection

Roald Dahl is a firm favourite in our house and this books collection is a must for inquisitive little minds.

This collection includes six Roald Dahl favourites in a 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. Complete with fun and fascinating extra material offering a sneak peek into the wonderful world of Dahl, this is a collection to treasure forever.

For more information or to buy these books, click here.


5. The Magic Faraway Tree Books

The magic faraway tree collection - Enid Blyton

The Magic Faraway Tree Collection contains all three much-loved books in the Faraway Tree series by the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. I have such fond memories of reading these when I was a child, and love reading them to mine now.

When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, it proves to be the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure – there’ll be adventures waiting whatever happens.

For more information or to buy this book, click here


6. The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came to tea

This was one of the first books I bought when I found out I was expecting my first child and started building my children’s library.

This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted board book edition!

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again.

To buy this book, click here.


7. The Velveteen Rabbit

This edition of this children’s classic has had a magnificent makeover with the introduction of gorgeous illustrations. It’s stunningly beautiful and full of the pictorial details children love to search over and over looking for new, undiscovered treasures.

the velveteen rabbit book

The story of a precious little stuffed rabbit, his love for a boy, and his journey to become real, is sure to delight toddlers and preschoolers and become a treasured keepsake in every family library.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


8. The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.”

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake …and a hungry Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold.

This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo!

For more information or to buy this book, click here.

9. We’re going on a Bear Hunt

we're going on a bear hunt

Now a true classic, this book is read and re-enacted in nurseries and pre-schools across the country.

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear.

What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


10. Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum

Another book I quickly added to our home collection, this is a beautiful book for young children starting their journey into literature.

Each Peach Pear Plum introduces characters from well-known nursery stories, such as the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard and Tom Thumb, and encourages children to participate and to find the characters hidden in the pictures. The text, with its strong rhyme and rhythm, is perfect to read aloud to very young children, while the game of ‘I Spy’ keeps children enthralled.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


11. Amelia Fang and Barbaric Ball

Amelia Fang and Barbaric Ball


Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares!

Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (don’t call her beast!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue!

In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .

Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won’t bite!

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


12. Look Inside Space

Look inside Space

These fun and educational usborne books are fantastic, we have a number of these at home including Look Inside Space and I cannot recommend them enough.

This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it – stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system.

Each double-page spread has a stunning colour illustration, and several flaps to lift to find out more about what’s going on in the scene – such as what goes inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, as well as the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


13. The Guinness World Records 2018

Guiness World Records 2018


The record-breaking annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before.

With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features.

Go on a whirlwind tour of the planet’s most amazing places, from the largest swamps to the deepest points on Earth. Find out what happens when you give an octopus a Rubik’s Cube, and why all you need to defend yourself from a crocodile is a rubber band!

For more information or to buy this record breaking book, click here.


14. Room on the Broom

Room on the broom


Another Julia Donaldson classic and a brilliant one at that, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this book.

“How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.” The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It’s a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn’t used to such a heavy load and it’s not long before…SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch’s animal pals better think fast. A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, The Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffle.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


15. The World’s Worst Children

The world's worst children


Once upon a time there was a boy named Drew. Drew dribbled a lot. This wasn’t normal, everyday dribbling, the odd globule of gob gloop running down your chin. Oh no, this was dribbling on an industrial scale.

Laureate of mischief and Number One bestselling author David Walliams presents The World’s Worst Children, a collection of ten short stories about five beastly boys and five gruesome girls.

Meet TV super-fan, Sofia Sofa, so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one; Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble; and Blubbering Bertha, a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales. Plus expect an appearance from everyone’s favourite character: Raj!

The World’s Worst Children may be Walliams’ most devious, mischievous and devilishly delightful book yet.

For more information or to buy this book, click here.


We hope you enjoyed this post on top children’s books for 2017. To see our top picks for children’s Christmas gifts in 2017, click here.

For ideas on things to do with the kiddies in Berkshire this Christmas from days out to special events, click here.


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