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The Book People’s picks of 2013

Talking about books is what we do best and as the end of the year draws closer we thought now would be the perfect time to share with you some of our highlights from 2013.

We’ve picked the books that have been stand-out reads for us here at the Book People HQ over the past 12 months alongside bestsellers that you, our lovely customers, have bought on mass too – so much so that we couldn’t keep them on the shelves of our warehouse long enough to ensure everyone could take home a copy.

Our very own in-house Spielberg has directed this short video with the Book People team to share with you what pages we’ve loved turning this year. Enjoy!

Still need convincing? Here’s why we loved them so much…

Recipe for Life by Mary Berry
“Is there anyone anywhere who doesn’t love Mary Berry? Totally readable and what an insight into an incredible woman… Inspiring from start to finish, and great for passing on to my mum and sisters after!”

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
“Gripping, tense and with an incredible twist – what more could you want from a thriller? If you love this as much as me, read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn too (but not alone… or in the dark…!)”

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
“I loved the BBC series so decided to read the book after a friend highly recommended it – it’s even better! Amazing detail, believable characters and really pacy. “

A Short Book About Drawing by Andrew Marr
“This may seem like a bizarre book but it’s incredibly interesting and really entertaining, I pinched a copy floating round the office and couldn’t put it down.”

Demon Dentist by David Walliams
“David Walliams has done it again – another laugh-out-loud story with some real heart.”

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
“With a more humorous style than any of O’Farrell’s previous work, this Costa Novel Award-shortlisted book is full of memorable moments.”

Proper Pub Food by Tom Kerridge
“The dishes in this cookbook were not only delicious, but also ever-so-simple to prepare – perfect for the likes of myself!”

12 Days of Usborne: Give the gift of reading

Our twelfth – and final – guest blog from our friends at Usborne covers a brilliant value collection that will help any child take their first steps in reading. You can buy the Very First Reading Collection from the Book People for just £30.

What better gift for children in the New Year than their very own library? Exclusively available from The Book People, the Usborne My First Reading Library contains fifty brilliant books from the Usborne Reading Programme to help guide children through the first stages of reading. From fabulous fables to traditional fairytales and extended nursery rhymes, this comprehensive collection includes something to capture the interest of all young readers.

first reading library

The first 22 books in the collection are taken from the Usborne Very First Reading series. These books are designed to help children take the very first steps in reading, with an adults help and following the phonics methods taught in schools. The next 12 books are taken from Usborne First Reading Level One. These delightful stories are very short, so children can try reading them alone. Finally, this sturdy slipcase includes 16 books taken from Usborne First Reading Level Two. These are slightly longer stories that will help build stamina and confidence, resulting in happy and competent readers with a love of stories that will hopefully last a lifetime.

For a gift that will make a lasting impression, we don’t think you can beat the Usborne My First Reading Library! Brilliant for inspiring children who find reading difficult or dull, as well as for those who are just beginning to read, this is a present that you will be thanked for long into the future.

Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme from reading expert and consultant on the series, Alison Kelly:

Alison Kelly video screenshot

12 Days of Usborne: 1000 Animals

It’s the eleventh day of our guest blogs from our friends at Usborne and this time around, they’re discussing some of the world’s most brilliant animals! You can buy 1000 Animals from the Book People for just £3.99.

1000 Animals cover

Could you tell a Hornet from a Horntail? And do you know what a Sugar Glider looks like? This brilliant book is packed full of amazing creatures, from tiny creepy crawlies to enormous whales. With 1000 amazingly intricate illustrations, what young animal lover wouldn’t want to find this under the tree on Christmas day? It may even make them forget about that puppy they asked for…

Every double page includes an array of animals to pore over, from dogs to dinosaurs, making this is an excellent way for children to add lots of new words to their vocabularies and test their developing memory skills. Here are just a few of our favourite illustrations, from the wacky to the majestic:

In the rainforest:

On the farm:

Slithering snakes:

Under the sea:

And finally:

12 Days of Usborne: The night before Christmas

Our tenth guest blog post from our friends at Usborne reveals some of the secrets of Santa’s workshop. You can buy Santa’s Workshop Sticker Book from the Book People for just £2.99.

We all remember that impatient feeling on Christmas Eve – you just can’t wait any longer and are desperate for tomorrow to come. If your little ones are suffering from seasonal excitement this Christmas Eve, we’ve got an Usborne book guaranteed to make them want to sit still. After all, what child could resist a peek behind the scenes at the magic of Christmas? This festive sticker book is so enchanting you might even find yourself listening for the sound of reindeer hooves…
Santa's Workshop Sticker Book cover

Join us as we step through the door into Father Christmas’ world with a sneak peek at Santa’s Workshop Sticker book – just remember not to tell anyone what you’ve seen!

We might get away with leaving our shopping until the last minute but Santa’s elves start preparing months in advance. One of the first things they have to do is sort all the Christmas-wish letters sent by children from around the world.

While some hard-working elves have to actually make all the wonderful toys and books we receive on Christmas Day, other lucky chaps have the brilliant job of toy testing. Let’s hope we’ve been good enough to get some gifts with a five star fun factor.

As you’re wrapping presents to go under the tree this Christmas Eve, cast your mind to the North Pole where lots of little elves will be doing exactly the same. The difference is they have a top-of-the-range wrapping machine to help them!

Before the elves know it, the time has come for the biggest night of the year. Just as we are hanging our stockings and preparing for bed, they perform a final check on Santa’s sleigh, and off he sets on a journey through the night.

Phew, with Christmas out of the way for another year, the elves can finally relax. Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you get everything you wished for.

12 Days of Usborne: Christmas Sticker Book

In our ninth guest blog from our friends at Usborne, we’re heading over to see where the penguins swim. You can buy the Christmas Sticker Book from the Book People for just £2.99.

Where do penguins go swimming? At the South Pool, of course! This p-p-p-pretty penguin scene is taken from the super festive Usborne Christmas Sticker Book. With scenes including Santa’s busy workshop, building snowmen, decorating a Christmas tree and filling Santa’s sack with presents, this enchanting book is a brilliant way to get little children excited about the Christmas period.
Half pages

You’ll have to get your very own copy of the Christmas Sticker Book before you can start stickering, but in the meantime why not Penguin Land and set your little chick these tasks:
1) Can you count how many penguins are in the picture? How many of them are baby penguins (called chicks)?
2) Can you spot the penguin holding a blue Christmas present?
3) Can you count how many penguins are wearing Santa hats?
4) Doodle hats or scarves on the penguins that aren’t already wearing them. You could draw Santa hats, top hats, wooly hats or even reindeer antlers!
5) The penguins don’t have a Christmas tree; can you draw one for them?
6) The penguin on the mountain is going skiing. What colour are his skis?
7) Penguins like to eat fish. Can you draw some fish in the pool so the penguins won’t go hungry?
Christmas Sticker Book

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