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Gifts have been part of Christmas ever since the kings and shepherds brought presents for Jesus so why not give the best Christmas gift – a book?

Books make perfect presents

  • They are thoughtful. Getting someone a book suggests you have thought about their interests and searched for something that would suit them.
  • They can be educational. Research from The National Literacy Trust reveals that children who own books are 6 times more likely to read above expected levels and can be more empathetic.
  • Good books last forever and can be enjoyed again and again.
  • No accessories needed. A book doesn’t need chargers or batteries, it’s good to go straight away.
  • There’s something for everyone. Anyone who “doesn’t like books” just hasn’t found the right one.
  • Cost-effective. Books come in a range of prices and you can buy lots of presents from one place at one time.

Here are a few of our favourites for Christmas:

Matthew Cordell - Wolf in the Snow

Matthew Cordell – Wolf in the Snow

Heart-warming wordless picture book of trust and friendship between a wolf pup and a little girl.

Pamela Butchart - There's a Yeti in the Playground

Pamela Butchart – There’s a Yeti in the Playground

The children are scared, they’ve been snowed in and there’s something hairy outside.

Dan Smith - Below Zero

Dan Smith – Your Blood Will Run Cold

In this adventure for older primary and secondary pupils Zac’s plane crashes in Antarctica and he discovers a cold, dark nightmare.

Abi Elphinstone - Rumblestar

Abi Elphinstone – Rumble Star

For young fantasy fans Rumble Star is the first of the Unmapped Chronicles.

Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet - Oh, Christmas Tree!

Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet – Oh, Christmas Tree!

A rebellious tree has other plans and they don’t include wearing baubles!

Tom Fletcher - Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

Tom Fletcher – The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

William and the Christmasaurus must work with the Winter Witch to save Christmas.

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Sally is the School Library Service manager for Juniper Education. She has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. She is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association.