Best Children's Books | Christmas Gifts for Children

Picking books your kids will love can be a struggle. Whether they're reluctant readers or long-time literature lovers it can be difficult to choose which books will keep them hooked. But, don't panic, with our fantastic range of children's books we have something for everyone. Plus, with Christmas just around the corner now's the time to be searching for new stories they'll want to read again and again. Here are our picks of the best children's books, for all ages and interests, which make great gifts for kids this Christmas...

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3 years +

Winnie the Witch Collection - 10 Books

Laura Owen & Korky Paul

Every one of the 10 books in this fun collection features a new exciting adventure for Winnie the Witch and her cat, Wilbur. From birthday party planning to travelling back in time, there is loads of fun to be had with this magical duo. With stories by Valerie Thomas and illustrations by Korky Paul, these are the kind of books both you and your kids can enjoy together.

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The Christmas Bear

Jon Whybrow & Axel Scheffler

This fun and festive lift-the-flap book is written by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. When Father Christmas goes out to deliver the presents to all the children he leaves Bear in the workshop. But Bear needs to get to Tom's house for Christmas morning so he will stop at nothing to find his way to Tom's house. This brilliant rhyming story is the perfect gift for your young readers this Christmas.

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The Large Family Collection - 5 Books

Jill Murphy

In this 5 book collection, you can join the Large Family on their adventures, including situations familiar to most families. These lovable elephants are perfect bedtime reading companions and can be enjoyed by all the family.

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5 years +

Billie B Brown Collection - 10 Books

Sally Rippin

This collection of fun stories is about Billie B Brown, Sally Rippin's strong and funny heroine. Billie is great at soccer and ballet but is struggling with the challenge of dealing with a new baby brother. These stories are among the bestselling children's books in Australia and now they have made it around the world to us.

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Gruffalo Crumble & Other Recipes: The Gruffalo Cookbook

Julia Donaldson

This is the perfect book for your junior chefs. The 24 recipes are inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hit children's book, The Gruffalo. With creative names, including Owl Ice Cream and Scrambled Snake, and clear step-by-step instructions, you'll be transforming your kids into confident cooks with each new recipe you try.

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Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library Box Set - 30 Books

Francesca Simon & Tony Ross

This incredible 30 book collection features every one of Francesca Simon's amazingly popular Horrid Henry books. Henry's hilarious stories firmly place him as the naughtiest kid in fiction as he takes on his enemy, Perfect Peter, and gets into lots of trouble. A modern children's classic, these books are a must for your young readers.

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7 years +

All Abroad the Discovery Express

Emily Hawkins

Your kids can uncover the mystery of the missing scientist by piecing together the clues through lifting flaps and following the story. Set in 1937, this book also acts an educational tool, helping children learn about the history of transport. This exciting, interactive book is the perfect gift for your kids this Christmas.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Russell Punter and Matteo Pincelli

This fun comic strip follows the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men on their adventures in Sherwood Forest. Action-packed and relentlessly exciting, this book is sure to grip your children from start to finish.

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Winter Animal Story Collection - 4 Books

These four story anthologies are ideal for winter reading, focusing on various cold weather animals, including owls, bears and deer. Including heart-warming stories by many popular authors including Holly Webb, Jeanne Willis and Tracey Corderoy, these great books are sure to be favourites this Christmas.

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9 years +

The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd

In Siobhan Dowd's incredible thriller Salim goes missing after getting on the London Eye, leaving his cousins, Ted and Kat, to find out what happened to him. Despite their differences, Ted and Kat realise they will have to team up together to find Salim themselves after the police investigation finds nothing. Can Ted and Kat solve this mystery? Treat your children to this thrilling book to find out.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2018

Discover all the bizarre facts included in 2018's Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual. A Christmas stocking favourite, your kids will become completely engrossed in all the wild and weird things they can learn about the world around them in this unusual book. Packed with colour images and a 3D cover, this eye-catching book needs a place in your home.

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Alma Classics Collection - 10 Books

If you want to treat your kids to all the best children's classics, this is collection is ideal as a gift this Christmas. Featuring Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and more, this set is great for kids who want to explore a variety of interesting and magical books.

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Young Adult:

Sophia Bennett Collection - 3 Books

Sophia Bennett

Three of Sophia Bennett's fun books for pre-teens are included in this exciting collection. Love Song is about Nina going on tour with the world's biggest band, You Don't Know Me focuses on friendship and rivalry between bandmates, Sasha and Rose, and The Look sees Ted having to decide between her modelling career and her family. These great stories that deal with social issues in an engaging way would make brilliant presents for your kids this Christmas.

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Chris d'Lacey Collection - 3 books

Chris d'Lacey

Chris d'Lacey's hit supernatural series sees Michael Malone find himself in a dangerous position. Three years ago his father went missing and now a mysterious organisation called UNICORNE tells him they have the answers he's been searching for. But, they won't help him without getting something in return. This action-packed series is perfect for fans of supernatural thrillers.

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The Mortal Instruments (Shadowhunters) Collection - 6 books

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series has been hugely popular with teens for the past decade and now your teenage book-fans can find out why. 16-year-old Clary is able to see things no one else can see. Soon enough she discovers why as she is drawn into the world of shadowhunters, a powerful race of demon-hunters who live and work alongside vampires, werewolves, fairies and more in this heart-pounding young adult series.

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For more gift ideas for your young book fans, check out our full range of children's books.

  • The Large Family Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781406315011 - Jill Murphy
    LRGF 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £34.95
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    • Just £1.60 per book
    The Large family, the elephant stars of the classic picture book Peace at Last, provide gigantic fun throughout this exciting five-book collection.

    With situations that will be familiar to any parent, the books feature everything from kitchen chaos to domestic bliss. Although they are messy, the characters are warm-hearted and the love they show for each other always shines through.

    Firm favourites with children and adults for many years, these are brilliant books to share at bedtime.

    Format: paperback
  • CBAS 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £11.00Save 73.0000000000000017053025658242404460906982421875%
    Two of the most recognisable and talented names in children's books - author Ian Whybrow and Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler - combine to come up with a cracking Christmas story that will delight children.

    A lift-the-flap book, it follows Father Christmas as he sets out to deliver the presents but leaves poor Bear in the workshop. Will he be able to make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning?

    As Bear journeys through icy seas and snowy forests, children will be able to find out if he makes it in time by lifting the flaps. The artwork is striking, the rhymes are funny and the scenarios very silly - it's a cool Christmas book for parents and toddlers to enjoy together.
  • RBIT 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £8.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    Prepare to be amazed, astounded and ever so slightly disgusted by the weird and wonderful facts that feature in the all-new Ripley's Believe It or Not! 2018.

    An annual favourite and brilliant Christmas gift (but definitely not one for the squeamish), Ripley's looks at some strange but true occurrences from all around the globe.

    With a 3D cover and full-colour images throughout, this book has facts that will make you and your children's jaws drop and eyes pop out! It's perfect for fact fans and anyone who loves the Guinness World Records books.
  • Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library Box Set - 30 Books - Collection - 9781510102293 - Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
    HHLB 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £22.99
    • RRP £147.70
    • Save £124.71Save 83.9999999999999948840923025272786617279052734375%
    • Just 77.00p per book
    Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library is a box set featuring every single one of Francesca Simon's stories starring the naughtiest boy in children's books - and so much more!

    Displayed in a keepsake slipcase and with a mammoth 30 books included, this is a brilliant collection to add to any child's bookshelf. Very funny stories that are tremendously re-readable, they follow the lovably naughty Henry as he gets into all kinds of trouble and faces of against his nemesis, Perfect Peter.

    With extra appeal added by the black-and-white artwork from Little Princess author Tony Ross, the collection also includes joke books and a special Christmas story to accompany the laugh-out-loud novels.
  • Sophia Bennett Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910655900 - Sophia Bennett
    SBEN 13 years +
    13 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £20.97
    • Save £16.98Save 80.0000000000000005684341886080801486968994140625%
    • Just £1.33 per book
    A girl meets one of the biggest boy bands in the world; a model has to make a bittersweet choice when her sister feels ill; and a TV talent show puts a huge strain on two best friends...

    Love Song finds Nina heading off on tour with the biggest band in the world, The Point. While there she realises there's far more to the pop band than just guitars and girls; The Look finds 15-year-old model Ted's sister falling ill and her having to decide what is more important - her modelling career or her family; and You Don't Know Me finds bandmates Sasha and Rose wowing the masses in a talent contest before being pitched against each other. Can their friendship survive?

    In a pre-teen friendly style, Sophia Bennett tackles social and topical issues that affect her readers in a cool and stylish way.
  • Mortal Instruments (Shadowhunters) Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781406376296 - Cassandra Clare
    MRTI 13 years +
    13 years +
    • £9.99
    • RRP £48.94
    • Save £38.95Save 79.0000000000000051159076974727213382720947265625%
    • Just £1.67 per book
    The inspiration for Netflix's hit show Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series combines heart-stopping, action-packed thrills with supernatural elements and forbidden romance. Complete with refreshed artwork, here you'll find all six books in the series for one unbelievable price.

    Featuring mature themes throughout, these books are ideal for teens who love The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. The series starts with City of Bones, a novel that introduces the heroine, 16-year-old Clary Fray, and explains how she's starting to see things she shouldn't - including vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.

    After witnessing a horrific incident, Clary finds herself drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group who are determined to rid New York's underworld - and the rest of the world - of demons. Full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal, Clary also finds herself falling for someone she shouldn't...

    Please note that this collection contains mature themes.
    This collection contains the entire series (books 1-6) of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments.
  • Billie B Brown Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781760500566 - Sally Rippin
    BILB 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £39.90
    • Save £31.91Save 78.999999999999998863131622783839702606201171875%
    • Just 80.00p per book
    Billie B Brown is bright, funny and loveable - and stars in this superb series from Sally Rippin for early readers.

    Billie is always on the go and has so much fun. She's a brave girl who enjoys playing soccer and is learning ballet, but she's also getting used to having a new baby brother. She's strong and feisty and always looking for a creative way to save the day.

    Full of fun and friendship, these books are presented in a way that is appealing to early readers and you'll soon see why they are among Australia's bestselling children's books!

    Format: Paperback
  • EYX2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00Save 42.0000000000000005684341886080801486968994140625%
    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but not Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

    Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

    The London Eye Mystery is an unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd.
  • AORH 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    This comic strip tells the story of Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

    Fast paced and full of action, the dynamic illustrations are sure to captivate readers while the background information will help children learn more about the legend of Sherwood Forest.
  • Winnie the Witch Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780192766762 - Laura Owen & Korky Paul
    WWPC 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £69.90
    • Save £57.91Save 81.9999999999999960209606797434389591217041015625%
    • Just £1.20 per book
    Young witches and wizards will have a spellbinding time with these magical stories starring Winnie the Witch and her ever-suffering companion, Wilbur the cat.

    Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul, the Winnie stories have sold over 7 million copies and been translated into 30 languages and are full of laugh-out-loud antics.

    These picture books find the pair planning a birthday party; enjoying a trip to the seaside; and taking a trip back in time to the prehistoric era - will they face a disastrous dinosaur dilemma?
    Format: paperback