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Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.


Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.


Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.


Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!


Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.


Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.


The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.


School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.


Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books


Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!

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!

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