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Books for Joy from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

With the release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out finally upon us, children all around the world – and some adults too – are getting excited to meet the characters of the film: Disgust, Anger, Joy, Sadness and Fear. This made us think… which books would the characters from the Inside Out film love, being the personification of such raw emotions? Well, we’ve hunted through the cellar and attic at Book People Manor to find just the right books for the Inside Out characters.

Disney-Pixar Inside Out Joy books

Books for Joy from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

Guinea Pigs Online Collection – 3 Books
Guinea Pigs Online is a hilarious series of books that will appeal to those who own the popular pets and fans of Mr Gum, Atticus Claw and Humphrey the Hamster. Written by the talented duo of Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift, the books are very funny and follow internet-savvy Fuzzy and his incredibly posh hutch-mate Coco.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding
A fabulous love story with drama, laugh-out-loud moments and – of course – a happy ending, all encompassed by the classically rhyming prose of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s glowing colour illustrations, The Scarecrows’ Wedding will be returned to and enjoyed again and again!

A touching read full of zany humour, raw emotion and wonderful observations, Ratburger sure to appeal to David Walliams’ ever-growing legion of fans and draws from the gruesome, anarchic and hilarious humour of the Twits and Mr Gum. A joy for children aged 9 and above.

Tom Gates: Yes! No. (Maybe…)
If your kids are yet to experience the joy of reading Tom Gates’ diary-format books yet, we strongly recommend that they start now – they’re wonderful! This ninth book in the Tom Gates series shows that books can not only be laugh-out-loud funny, but also hugely appealing to even the most reluctant of readers! 

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson facts

One of the most popular authors of picture books around, we can’t recommend Julia Donaldson’s books enough. Perfect for sharing, her books inevitably become bedtime favourites and our great value collections are always up among our top sellers. We can think of no better author for you and your children to delve into this Children’s Book Week and thought you might like to know a little more about the author who created the Gruffalo with these 10 Facts:

  • Julia Donaldson was born on 16 September, 1948
  • She studied Drama and French at Bristol University
  • Her first book – A Squash and a Squeeze – was published in 1993
  • Since being published in 1999, the Gruffalo has sold over 10 million copies
  • Donaldson has written many educational books in her career, including the 60 that comprise the phonics reading scheme Songbirds
  • She received an MBE in 2011
  • Julia Donaldson was the Children’s Laureate between 2011 and 2013
  • A portrait of Julia hangs proudly in the National Portrait Gallery
  • At her author events, Julia will often bring musical instruments and sing songs about her books and characters
  • She has written 193 books – and counting!

Great books to share for Children’s Book Week


Run by Booktrust, Children’s Book Week takes place next week so we thought what a better time to try and encourage a love of reading in any child you know. There’s nothing better than a bedtime story (even the Minions get excited about one in their new film…) so we thought we’d take a look at some of the Book People’s best books to share with children aged 5 and under.

Best books to share with young children


A great way to introduce any young child to the endless fun and joy of ‘Peepo’!, this book from the dream team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg is packed with sing-song verses and delightfully nostalgic artwork.

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s tale of the love between Little and Big Nutbrown Hare is a global bestseller, and it doesn’t take long to see why. An unashamedly charming tale of the love between parent and child, it’s a perfect bedtime story.

Where the Wild Things Are

A badly behaved boy doesn’t want to go to sleep and finds himself transported to a magical world full of mystical creatures, adventure and so much more…


The Gruffalo

You just can’t beat Axel Scheffler’s bold and bright artwork or Julia Donaldson’s delightfully rhyming and flowing text – and what a team the duo make together. One of the most popular children’s characters of recent years, the Gruffalo is a must for any family’s reading time.


Shirley Hughes has an incredible knack for writing heart-warming stories that evoke so many emotions with their nostalgic appeal. A young boy loses his favourite pet toy Dogger – will he ever find him again? Perfect to read to children who have a favourite toy they never let go…

The Day the Crayons Quit

This award-winning book not only has a story and illustrations that are instantly appealing to children but a Pixar-style sense of humour that will have adults chuckling along as a number of crayons decide they’ve just had enough…


Julia Donaldson – Superworm song video!






Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm


Help! Disaster! Baby Toad

…has hopped onto a major road!

Quick! Whatever can we do?

Look! A Superworm lasso






Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm


Bee is feeling bored today

She needs a nice new game to play

Cheer up, Bee

No need to mope

It’s Superworm, the skipping rope!






Watch him wiggle

See him squirm

Hip-hip hooray for Superworm!

Christmas books for toddlers

Christmas is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with your little ones and share a charming festive picture book. Here, we are listing our favourite Christmas books for toddlers for 2014. You’ll find beautiful books to share, Christmas Stocking fillers, books for all of the family and more at the Book People’s Christmas Shop

The First Christmas – Rod Campbell

A heart-warming retelling of one of the most famous stories ever told, The First Christmas by Rod Campbell, the author-illustrator of the best-loved Dear Zoo, is a beautiful board book that has easy-to-follow text and Rod Campbell’s trademark bright and appealing artwork throughout – as well as a shiny star on the cover! This is one of our favourite Christmas books for toddlers this year!

The First Christmas | The Book People

Christmas Story Collection

With three festive tales to share and enjoy, this three-book paperback collection of toddler Christmas stories is sure to get the whole family in the mood for Christmas – from the Nativity story to the 12 Days of Christmas and a retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, these toddler books provide a great way of marking the special occasion.Christmas Story Collection | The Book People

Toddler Christmas – Katie Saunders

A great children’s book for anyone with a toddler who may need entertaining as they get a little bit too excited in the build-up to the big day, Toddler Christmas provides a wide range of festive activities, games, puzzles and stories for them to enjoy. Guaranteed to add some sparkle and magic to a toddler’s Christmas, the book features beautiful illustrations from the wonderful Katie Sanders.

Toddler Christmas | The Book People

The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson

The award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created an enchanting sequel to The Gruffalo with a bold and naughty character who goes in search of a big, bad mouse. Toddlers will love the cleverness of the cunning mouse and the cute and impulsive mini Gruffalo. And with it’s winter setting, there is no better book to share with your toddler this Christmas.

The Gruffalo's Child | The Book People

Whizzy Santa – Marion Billet

Santa’s reindeer have the flu – what will he do? Who will pull his sleigh to deliver presents to all of the children? Santa has an idea… With a little bit of elf magic and a broken toy, Santa creates a scooter-sleigh. With lovely bright, bold illustrations – and not to mention its own wheels so that the book can be rolled around just like a real scooter – this Christmas book for toddlers will not fail to impress on the big day!

Whizzy Santa | The Book People

Mr. Men: The Christmas Party – Adam Hargreaves

The Mr. Men and Little Misses are very excited about Christmas – Mr. Happy is hosting a Christmas party and everyone’s been invited, but Little Miss Shy fears she might be too shy to attend; just the thought of going makes her blush… Will she be brave enough to join all her friends? Written by Adam Hargreaves, this is a fantastic festive picture book for toddlers starring his father Roger Hargreaves‘ much-loved Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.

Mr. Men: The Christmas Party | The Book People

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating

Peppa and George have never been ice skating before and Peppa keeps falling down, unable to balance. But that’s OK, Mummy Pig is there to give Peppa a helping hand… A beautiful board back book that fans of Peppa will love, Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating is a glorious winter celebration of 10 years of Peppa Pig. Toddlers will not be able to get enough of Peppa this Christmas.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Ice Skating | The Book People

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