The Nights Before Christmas, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press
This lavishly produced hardback book is the perfect gift for the whole family to treasure. Fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed illustrator Tony Ross, The Nights Before Christmas has 24 classic festive tales, songs and stories to read throughout Advent. This is the perfect way to countdown Christmas year after year.
Lucy’s Winter Rescue, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Sophy Williams, published by Oxford University Press
When Lucy finds a lost baby otter, she makes a Christmas wish to find him a special new home. He may be small, but Lucy’s little otter is about to make a big impact! An ideal present for any child who loves animals and the magic of the festive season.
Christmas Mirror-Belle, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Lydia Monks, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle. This special hardback edition contains two stories illustrated by Lydia Monks and some festive things to make and do. Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture-book team who are beginning to read on their own.
Ellen gets a big shock when her reflection climbs out of a mirror. But Mirror- Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious Christmassy escapades – from joining in with the Christmas ballet show to attending Ellen’s friend’s fancy dress party and trying to catch Father Christmas! You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.
The Giant’s Necklace, by Michael Morpurgo and Briony May Smith, published by Walker Books
A tense and thrilling ghost story from the internationally acclaimed author of War Horse.
It all began with a necklace, made of glistening pink cowrie shells. A long, long necklace that had taken Cherry days – weeks – of careful, painstaking work. It was nearly complete, and Cherry was determined it would be the longest necklace she had ever made; that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the holidays had arrived. “You’ve only got today, Cherry,” said her mother. “Just today, that’s all.” Cherry didn’t mind, a day would be enough – she only needed a few more shells. So, amidst the taunts of her older brothers, she set out to search for them. Then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew large, and as the storm blew in, Cherry realised, to her horror, that she was cut off from the shore. From then on, events began to take a decidedly dark turn. One from which there was no turning back . . .