The Reading Corner At Christmas

Snuggle up tight with a wondrous new winter tale…

Age 3+

How To Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness by Michael Bond,
HB £12.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

A timely gift book of inspirational quotes from the late Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington, combined with Peggy Fortnum’s original illustrations. For over 60 years, whatever the situation Paddington has always responded with kindness. From arriving in London and winning the hearts of the Brown family, to sharing elevenses with Mr Gruber and lending a paw around the neighbourhood, he tries to do his very best for others . . . even if there are a few well-intentioned mishaps along the way! We think we should all try and be a bit more Paddington this Christmas.

Age 5+

The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Benji Davies,
HB £12.99, published by Puffin

This is the story of a life-changing friendship, a lost puffin and a lonely artist. It was Benjamin Postlethwaite’s job all his long life to make sure the light shone brightly high up in the lighthouse on Puffin Island. Not once in all his years as the lighthouse keeper had he ever let his light go out. But sometimes even the brightest light on a lighthouse cannot save a ship… a beautiful tale that will enchant readers of all ages.

Age 7+

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams
HB £14.99 published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

In his latest book, Walliams invites readers to step back in time to London 1940. As bombs rain down on the city, orphan boy Eric forms an extraordinary friendship with a remarkable gorilla at London Zoo: Gertrude. When the zoo no longer becomes safe, Eric goes on the run with Gertrude and his zookeeper Uncle Sid, but while in hiding at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot. Can they save the day? An epic new comedy adventure from the UK’s biggest-selling children’s author.


Age 7+

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling,

HB £20, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The highly anticipated first non-Harry Potter children’s story from Rowling was serialised online for free during lockdown to help entertain children during the Covid-19 pandemic. Written over 10 years ago as a bedtime story for her own children, the author was keen for children to be involved in its creation and ran a competition resulting in illustrations being featured in the book from 34 children aged 7-12 from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India –  including two from Scotland. In this brilliantly original fairy tale readers will discover a mythical monster, a kingdom in peril and an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. A tale of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds from one of the world’s best storytellers.

Age 8+

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

HB £12.99, published by Puffin

In the 15th book in the Wimpy Kid series by globally bestselling children’s author Jeff Kinney, expect fun, laughter and escapism, as Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation – or if they’re already in too deep.

Age 8+

Frostheart 2: Escape From Aurora by Jamie Littler
PB £7.99, published by Puffin

In this exciting sequel to the phenomenal best-selling debut, Frostheart,

Ash and the rest of the Frostheart’s brave crew have finally arrived at the majestic stronghold of Aurora. He can’t wait to solve the next clue that will lead him to his parents. But it’s quickly clear that even Aurora isn’t safe for Song Weavers. When a vicious Wraith attack leaves Ash, Lunah, Rook and Tobu stranded on the ice, they will have to use all their strength and cunning to reach safety. But what they find is even more incredible…

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