The Best Children’s Books to Buy This Christmas

Discover what are the best child and baby books to buy as gift for you little ones this Christmas

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. After spending the day decorating the Christmas tree, baking festive cookies or watching seasonal movies, there will be nothing better than cuddling up by the fire to read an imaginative book that will grab your kids’ attention.

If you want to transport your son or daughter to a fictional world, here are the best children’s books to buy this Christmas.


Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Everyone’s favourite bear returns in Paddington and the Christmas Surprise. The festive-inspired picture book, tells the story of the Browns taking Paddington along to a local department store grotto. The store offers many wonderful surprises as they make their way through the magical Winter Wonderland, one of which includes meeting with Santa Claus himself.

Written by the talented Michael Bond, with illustrations from R. W. Alley, it will be difficult for your child (and mum or dad) not to be swept up by this seasonal tale. The paperback book is currently available for £6.99 at Waterstones, and it is the perfect gift to add to your son or daughter’s stocking. 


The Night I Met Father Christmas

Trigger your child’s imagination this Christmas by treating them to The Night I Met Father Christmas, which is the first book from actor Ben Miller and features stunning illustrations from Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

You can guarantee your kids will be captivated by the story of Jackson, who meets Father Christmas one Christmas Eve to learn how he became jolly ol’ Saint Nick. The enchanting tale will take your child to a snowy landscape where they’ll learn about Torvil, a mean-spirited elf, who learns the true meaning of Christmas. It’s an unexpected festive story that will surprise both Jackson and your son or daughter.

The captivating tale is currently available in hardback from Waterstones for £12.99. It’s one beautifully illustrated festive book that will help your child to understand the spirit of Christmas. 


The Book of Everyone

The Book of Everyone is not only great for kids, it’s an ideal gift for mums, dads, your family, or friends as well. It can be personalised to suit the recipient, and you can feature personal photographs, fun facts about their date of birth and superb illustrations.


The international bestseller is available for only £23.99 at The Book of Everyone, and there are other versions available to suit different members of your family. For example, you could pick up:


Mr. Noisy and the Silent Night

One book that’s bound to bring a smile to your child’s face this Christmas is Mr. Noisy and the Silent Night by Roger Hargreaves. The Christmas-themed story focuses on Mr. Quiet, who never looks forward to the festive holiday, as it features noisy carol singers, noisy decorations and a noisy postman. However, there is one sound that’s noisier than any of the above, and that’s Mr. Noisy. However, as a snowstorm might prevent him from visiting, Mr. Quiet might finally enjoy the silent night he longs for this Christmas.

The delightful book is ideal for children aged two and over, and it is available in paperback for only £3.99 at Waterstones. It will provide your kids with an enjoyable storytime this Christmas.


The World’s Worst Children

If your child is aged 11 or over, they are bound to laugh their festive socks off when listening to the CD-audio edition of the book The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams, who is a number one bestseller for his hilarious children’s books.

The ten cautionary tales will be read by David Walliams himself and will introduce your son or daughter to many dreadful characters, including beastly boys and girls, such as Dribbling Drew and Sofia Sofa. You can pick up the CD-audio edition at Wordery for £7.18, and it is sure to keep the kids occupied during a long journey to a friend or relative’s house this Christmas.


The Adventures of the Wishing Chair

Everyone’s favourite children’s author, Enid Blyton, has returned to bookshelves with the new edition of The Adventures of the Wishing Chair. The much-loved fantasy story now features a creative cover illustrated by Mark Beech, which will instantly spark your child’s imagination.

The story follows Mollie and Peter on their quest to buy their mother a birthday gift, only to discover a chair that has the ability to both fly and grant wishes. After taking a seat on the Wishing Chair, they embark on various magical adventures, including visiting a castle, escaping a giant, and making their way to the Land of Dreams.

The popular book features stunning illustrations and short chapters that will maintain your child’s attention, and it’s available in paperback for £6.03 at Wordery. Plus, if your child falls in love with the book, you can treat them to follow-up titles from the Wishing-Chair series, such as The Wishing-Chair Again and More-Wishing Chair Stories.


Dragons are Real!

If you are looking for a fun book to add under the Christmas tree for your baby or toddler, Dragons are Real! (Mythical Creatures are Real!) could be a perfect pick. The colourful book will introduce your little one to the whimsical world of magical dragons. For example, they’ll discover that dragons don’t breathe fire; they sneeze it.


Young, Gifted and Black

Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson is a celebration of inspiring achievements from 52 icons of colour, both past and present. The collection features interesting stories from changemakers in history, which could encourage and empower young children to become the next generation of changemakers.

To complement the inspiring stories, Andrea Pippin has produced celebratory and vivid illustrations to perfectly represent the many leaders, figureheads and pioneers who feature in the book, such as: Martin Luther King. Jr, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The book is sure to inspire children aged between 7 to 9 years old, and it’s available in paperback for £7.50 at Wordery.


Early Learning: What’s the Time?

Teaching children the time can be no easy task; however, Early Learning: What’s the Time? by Mark Airs could support your child’s education. The handy book can help your child to understand various words and phrases related to the time in an amusing and interesting manner.

It can, therefore, teach your kids vital early learning skills, as it could help them to quickly understand how time works. The hardback is available for £2.99 from Wordery, and it is perfect for children up to five years old.


Girls Can Do Anything

Give your child the gift of confidence this Christmas by buying Girls Can Do Anything. The inspiring book by Caryl Hart is ideal for children up to six years old and teaches young girls they can be anything they want and that they can do anything they chose; such as driving a fire engine, climbing a tree, or becoming the prime minister.

The empowering children’s book features superb illustrations from Ali Pye, and it’s available in paperback from Scholastic for £3.99. Plus, when you buy this book, £1 will be donated to your child’s school to be spent on books. It’s the Christmas gift that will keep on giving.


My Brother is a Superhero Pack x 4

If your child is aged between 9 to 12 years old, you can guarantee the My Brother is a Superhero pack will be right up their street. Penned by David Solomons, it’s an ideal alternative for fans of children’s books from David Walliams and David Baddiel, as it features laugh-out-loud stories about sibling rivalry and superpowers.

It tells the story of Luke, who is obsessed with superheroes, but his brother, Zack, doesn’t care about them. So, you can imagine Luke’s frustration when his brother is given special superpowers by an alien. It’s a book your child will want to pick up more than once.

The funny tales are available in packs of four and can be purchased from Scholastic for £12.99, which will lead to your school earning £3.25 to spend on books.


The Star Outside My Window

The Star Outside My Window celebrates hope, love and resilience. Written by Onjali Q. Rauf, the author behind the children’s book The Boy at the Back of the Class, it offers a glimpse of domestic violence that is told through the eyes of a child.

The story follows Aniyah, whose mum has disappeared. As she believes people with the brightest hearts transform into stars, she goes in search of her mother when she spots a strange star in the night’s sky. However, to reach her, she’ll need to break into the Royal Observatory, meet a gang of squirrels, and even encounter the biggest star in all of Hollywood.

The emotional tale perfectly captures the little girl’s innocence, and it is suitable for children between the ages of 11 to 14 years old. If this sounds like a superb book for your son or daughter, you can buy the book for £4.99 at Scholastic.


Origami: 15 Paper-Folding Projects Straight from the Wizarding World (Harry Potter)

If your son or daughter is a big fan of Harry Potter and loves crafting, they might jump at the chance to create various objects with Origami: 15 Paper-Folding Projects Straight from the Wizarding World.

You can trust your child will have hours of fun folding paper into chocolate frogs, a desktop game of Quidditch, their favourite characters, and unusual creatures from the magical universe.

The book not only offers easy-to-follow instructions to help your child create impressive origami crafts, but it also comes with special sheets of origami paper that will feature illustrations and will be custom designed for each craft. They’ll also be able to view photographs of the finished result to help them build a project, and they can read top tips on how to keep the origami in tip-top shape.

It’s a wonderful book for Harry Potter fans aged between 9 to 11 years old, and it’s currently available from Wordery for £6.26, which includes free delivery. You can guarantee the book will provide your son or daughter with a magical Christmas.


Roblox Annual 2020

If your child is a big fan of Roblox, the online multi-player and game creation system, they’re bound to be excited when they unwrap the Roblox Annual 2020. Ideal for children aged between 9 to 11 years old, the book will allow your child to learn everything there is to know about the popular entertainment platform, such as:

·         The most popular Roblox games

·         Cool items from the Roblox catalogue

·         A sneak peek at the HQ

·         An introduction to talented community members

If your child loves Roblox, you can currently pick up the 2020 annual from Wordery for £5.33.


Jokes for Minecrafters: Booby Traps, Bombs, Boo-Boos & More

If your child is a big Minecraft fan, you can keep them entertained for many hours with Jokes for Minecrafters: Booby Traps, Bombs, Boo-Boos and More. It’s filled with funny “block” humour that will have them laughing aloud in their bedroom each time they pick up the book.

It is perfect for kids aged 7 to 9 years old and can be purchased in paperback for only £4.76 at Wordery.


A Winter’s Promise – The Mirror Visitor

After much success in France, A Winter’s Promise – The Mirror Visitor by Christelle Dabos has proved popular with children and teenagers across the country. It will allow your son or daughter to immerse themselves in a fantastical world of arks, which feature many unusual characters along the way, including Anima, who can travel through mirrors, and Ophelia, who can understand the past of various objects.

It is a magical story that will transport your child to another world for many an hour, and you can grab the paperback book at Waterstones for £7.99.


Five Feet Apart

If your son or daughter was a big fan of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, they will love pulling back the festive wrapping paper to find Five Feet Apart. They are bound to become captivated by the love story of two teenagers, who discover they will risk their lives if they are within a few feet of one another.

The book is set to become a major motion picture that will feature Cole Sprouse and Hayley Lu Richardson. Treat your teen to the love story at Waterstones for £5.99.


The Art of Being Normal

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is a top pick for fans of young adult books. It tells the story of two boys who are attempting to be invisible at school. David, who is a target of homophobia, develops a remarkable friendship with Leo, who stands up for him on his first day of school. You can find the paperback at Waterstones for £6.99.


Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children

If your child is eager to become the next Harry Potter, they’ll love for Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks for Children to be waiting for them under the Christmas tree. Your children can quickly learn various tricks thanks to easy-to-follow diagrams and texts using common items, such as rubber bands, coins and string. The paperback book from Karl Fulves can be purchased for £3.98 at Wordery, which includes free delivery.


Monstrous Devices

If you want to trigger a passion for reading in your child this Christmas, Monstrous Devices by Damien Love could help you do exactly that. The imaginative story follows a 12-year-old Alex, who receives an old tin robot from his grandfather in the post. However, strange events start to occur, and the robot could be the cause. It’s then that his grandfather whisks him away to Europe to learn more about the mysteries of the robot and dodge determined assassins. You can pick up the debut novel from Damien Love for £12.99 at Waterstones.

Whichever book you chose to gift your little ones, I am sure they’ll be impressed.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!
— The Expert