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Christmas activity books!

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year but many children will find themselves getting restless as the excitement of the build-up becomes too much. What better way to calm them down then by getting them to take part in some delightfully fun and festive activities? The Book People has activity books for all ages – from the fun of designing a placemat for Christmas Dinner to finding festive things to draw, it’s a quite sparkling selection we’re sure you’ll agree.

My Big Book of Christmas Activities is a huge book packed with pocket-money projects that will inspire the creativity of any little one this Christmas time. Children who love to colour in will find plenty to enjoy in our 3-book Christmas Colouring Collection, which comes with plenty of stickers and our Christmas Activity Placemats book has also quickly established itself as a Book People favourite! A great way to keep children entertained during any Christmas meal, they’ll love adding their personal touch to the fill-in designs that will decorate the table in time for Christmas lunch in style!

From snowmen to presents and penguins, the Winter Wishes Sticker Book gives children the perfect chance to add a touch of originality to their cards and gift tags this year. Santa’s Beard  is also another awesome original Christmas book. With a velcro beard to try on a variety of faces and a final spread where it gets back to its rightful place, it’s perfect for anyone excited to put the mince pies and carrot out on Christmas Eve. To help children learn the traditional Christmas story, My Nativity Colouring and Sticker Book has activities that help children learn about Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men – there are even press-out characters included.

Another bumper book of puzzles and activities is Bloomsbury’s My Christmas Activity and Sticker Book. Full of brightly coloured characters and amazing activities, it will help warm up anyone on a cold winter night! Christmas Things to Draw is bursting with wintry inspiration and Toddler Christmas has plenty of festive activities, puzzles, games and stories to enjoy – all complemented by Katie Sanders’ beautiful artwork.

Make Christmas 2014 a Christmas full of activities!

World Book Night 2015 – list of books announced


Now an annual tradition throughout the country and beyond, the next World Book Night takes place on 23 April 2015. This may seem a long time away, but as soon as the final decoration off the Christmas tree has been taken down it will come around quick!

World Book Night is a celebration of books that aims to share the joy of reading throughout local communities by putting books into the hands of those who wouldn’t or can’t normally go into a bookshop. Every year, passionate volunteers take special World Book Night editions of some famous books to give out for free and to try to inspire a lifelong love of reading in those lucky enough to receive them.

Full of bestselling books, this year’s World Book Night list has been announced – and there’s something for everyone, from Book People favourite M. C. Beaton’s cosy crime to Lynda La Plante’s original Prime Suspect and ponderings on life from the one and only Karl Pilkington. You can apply to be a volunteer at today.


World Book Night 2015 – the list:

Chickenfeed by Minette Walter

Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Honour by Elif Shafak

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Borjland

Skellig by David Almond

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

The Martian by Andy Weir

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

After the Fall by Charity Norman

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen

Film and TV books from the Book People

2014 has been a brilliant year for film and TV – and what could make a more perfect Christmas gift that ties in with someone you know’s favourite programme or movie of the year? The Book People has all the best film and TV books of the year – and they’re all available with huge savings off the price you’d be paying in the high street shops.


Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was a brilliant adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s much talked-about novel and we have the hardback edition of the book (complete with a jacket from the film) available. Already a bestseller, the film not only attracted many more fans to this most twisting and twisted of thrillers but is also attracting some awards buzz.

Following in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner has been one of the highest-grossing young adult fiction novels of the year. Telling the story of Thomas, a young teenager who wakes up in a strange place with no memory other than his first name, we have the trilogy available so that fans of the film who were blown away by the film’s cliffhanger ending will be able to read on!

Every film fan is eagerly awaiting December 2015 when The Force Awakens in the seventh Star Wars film. Starring the original cast, it’s bound to bring the story of ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ to an entire new generation of Jedis. We have so many great Star Wars books to help children (and grown-ups) learn all about the history of the likes of Luke Skywalker, Yoda and R2-D2 – from sticker books to enyclopedias and annuals.

Frozen is still one of the biggest films around and many families will be settling down for a Christmas Day sing-along of ‘Let It Go’ come 25 December. We have so many great books featuring the likes of Elsa, Anna and Olaf the Snowman – sure to warm the hearts of any Frozen fan over Christmas! Disney now also owns Marvel and with the second Avengers film released in cinemas in 2015, the comic book superheroes are showing no signs of slowing down in popularity – our huge encyclopedia has all the information any Marvel fan will need to learn about this huge universe!


This Christmas Day after the turkey’s been devoured and the family are playing all sorts of games, why not bring the Pointless Quiz Book out and see if you can beat Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman? And then when it’s time for the traditional Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day special, you can enjoy the 2015 Strictly annual – packed full of all the glitz, glamour and gossip from the hit show. Another festive tradition is the Christmas Day Doctor Who special (with Peter Capaldi making his first appearance in a festive edition this year) and we have many books about the Doctor and his friends including Clara Oswald and foes including Daleks and the Cybermen.

Many Doctor Who fans also love Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in BBC’s Sherlock series and with the show not back until its Christmas special in 2015, the Sherlock Chronicles will help ease the pain of missing Baker Street’s most famous detective. Another extremely clever man is Professor. Brian Cox and in his Human Universe documentary, he tried to examine who we as the human race are, where we came from and why we do what we do. The hardback edition of Human Universe is simply beautiful – one of the best books for Christmas 2014.

Paddington Bear film in cinemas this Friday – buy Paddington books to see how it all began!

One of the most famous bears in literature has his first big-screen adventure this weekend when the long-awaited Paddington movie is released. Based on Michael Bond’s famous Paddington stories, the film features an all-star human cast including Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins and award-winning Nicole Kidman as villainess Millicent. Skyfall, Nathan Barley and Cloud Atlas actor Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington (replacing Colin Firth who dropped out during pre-production). At the Book People, we have some amazing Paddington books for any fans of the marmalade-loving bear – from picture books to fiction novels and tie-ins of what’s set to be a huge film!

Brought to you by Red House, Jeanne Willis’ Story of the Movie finds the popular children’s author bringing the story kids of all ages will love seeing on the big screen to the page. Bringing Michael Bond’s traditional tales to the latest, modern audience it is laugh-out-loud funny and will make a great gift for anyone who falls for Paddington. We also have a Paddington Movie Sticker Book in our Red House shop. Full of puzzles, activities and stickers, it’s packed full of fun and features stills of many entertaining scenes from the film.

The Book People has two huge-value collections of Michael Bond’s original stories – both Paddington picture books and older fiction books. The Paddington Bag Collection comes in a clear carry bag that has its own Paddington gift tag – a perfect Christmas present for any little one, especially as it contains the delightfully festive story Paddington and the Christmas Surprise! With R. W. Alley’s illustrations featured through every story, you’ll be laughing just as much as the child you’re sharing the books with as you read through the Peruvian bear’s hilarious antics in and around London!

For children aged 7 and over who have grown up with Paddington, we have a 13-book collection available for just £14.99 (saving over £62 off the RRP). Also suitable for keen readers who are a little younger, the books feature Peggy Fortnum’s original illustrations and provide a more in-depth look at the antics of the trouble-attracting but loveable little Peruvian bear who arrived at Paddington station with just an old hat, duffel coat, suitcase and note that said: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you’ attached.

Stocking filler books for Christmas 2014

It’s so close to Christmas now that we can almost taste the turkey and all its delightful trimmings. But, we’re guessing, some people may not have had the opportunity to finish their Christmas shopping yet and are on the hunt for some fabulous stocking filler ideas to get it all ‘wrapped up’. Books make ideal stocking fillers and at the Book People we have some brilliant stocking filler books for this Christmas – whether you’re looking for something special, sentimental, awe-inspiring, hilarious or just plain ridiculous. Here are our top 10 stocking filler books for Christmas 2014…

Pocket Dolly Wisdom
Share in the wisdom of the world’s best-loved country queen! Dolly Parton has been a hit-churning machine since her first solo single in 1968, but apart from her hits 9-5, I Will Always Love You and Jolene, Dolly is best-known for her hilarious persona and wittily crafted quotes. With Pocket Dolly Wisdom, readers can revel in the best bits of Dolly’s playful and inspiring attitude to life.

Pocket Dolly WisdomThe Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas
The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas is a charming bedtime Christmas story that children aged 3 and over are sure to fall in love with. The best thing about this stocking filler book, however, is the addition of a beautiful plush toy – so the little ones can enjoy two presents and you’ll only pay for one. Affordable stocking fillers are seldom this cute!

The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas | The Book PeopleMrs. Brown’s A-Y of Everything
Everyone is in love with Mrs. Brown’s Boys, and probably had a viewing or two of D’Movie. For all fans of Agnes and her witty mammy-knows-best knowledge, Mrs. Brown’s A-Y of Everything is the perfect stocking filler. Whether it’s biscuits, The Big Bang, happiness, hairdryers, pandas or piles, you can be sure that Agnes Brown has something hilarious to say on the subject!

Mrs. brown's A-Y of Everything | The Book PeopleChristmas Cracker Jokes
Love them or loathe them, there is nothing more ‘Christmas’ than adorning your paper crown and reading the cheesy Christmas joke that comes out of your cracker. So what better stocking filler than a side-splitting book that is packed full of them? Perfect for the kids to share at the table while you tuck in to Christmas dinner, Christmas Cracker Jokes will make this Christmas all the more hilarious!

Christmas Cracker Jokes | The Book PeopleI Told You I Was Ill
Okay, we admit that this doesn’t sound like the most festive treat to receive in your stocking come Christmas morning, but I Told You I Was Ill is both poignant and funny in equal measure. Providing poetic (yet side-splitting) examples of how we as people can retain their sense of humour and personality until our last breath, the book is a collection of the most fitting famous last words of all time…

I Told You I Was Ill | The Book PeopleOola, the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot!
If a polar bear isn’t the animal your little ones are yearning for this Christmas, all likelihood is that Oola the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot will prove a hit – after all, this Christmas seem to be all about our winged friends after the success of the lovely John Lewis advert starring the ever-so cute Monty the penguin. A charming story with a very distinctive style, the story is perfect bedtime reading for those aged 3+.

Oola, the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot! | The Book PeopleBurgers
Again, this may not sound like the most Christmassy book, but stay with us – Burgers is a doozy! Filled with some jaw-droppingly scrumdidiliumptious recipes for home-made burgers, the book is shaped like a burger too! Guaranteed to get some laughs from the meat-loving relatives this Christmas, Burgers is a hilarious stocking filler book that has a burger for every occasion: from a low-key barbecue to a posh dinner party.

Burgers | The Book PeopleOff the Leash: A Dog’s Best Friend
Entertaining dog lovers of all ages and inspired by his daily Facebook cartoons, Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs was a bestseller for the Book People last year – and we think Off the Leash: A Dog’s Best Friend is even funnier! One of our favourite stocking filler books of this year, the book features some delightful pencil drawings inspired by the relationship between dogs and their owners… aww!

Off the Leash: A Dog's Best Friend | The Book People

Peanuts Guide to Life Collection
Snoopy shares his philosophy; Charlie Brown gives his outlook on life; Woodstock shows his wisdom; and Lucy offers up her cynical life lessons in the four-book Peanuts: Guide to Life Collection. Sharing sentiments on everything from food to friendship, this is a wonderful gift collection for all ages. And with the Peanuts film due in 2015, it makes for the perfect stocking filler book for Christmas 2014.

Peanuts Guide to Life Collection | The Book PeopleBabybel Cookbook
Everyone loves cheese, and everyone knows that adding cheese to a meal instantly makes said meal 400% better – that’s where this book comes in! Babybel Cookbook is packed with full-flavour recipes that are not only inventive, but very tempting indeed! And it is shaped like the world’s favourite round cheese, too, so it will receive a chuckle or two when it’s unwrapped on Christmas morning! Ba, ba, ba – ba, ba, ba-rilliant!

Babybel Cookbook | The Book PeopleSo, that rounds up our pick of the best stocking filler books for Christmas 2014. We hope you find something your friends, family and loved ones enjoy. If you need any more inspiration for gifts to buy boys, gifts to buy girls, secret Santa gift ideas or anything else book related this Christmas, visit the Book People’s Christmas Shop!

Happy reading, and merry Christmas!

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