Why not give them a book this Christmas?

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Video voice-over: Katie Thistleton, BBC Children’s presenter and author of Dear Katie – publishing February 2018

Video sources: Mindlab International, Sussex University; National Literacy Trust; Sullivan, A. & Brown, M., cited by The Reading Agency*

*'Reading for pleasure ... is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background'

From age 0 to 5

  • Lucie Goose

    Meet Lucie Goose – the goose who’s not afraid of anyone! Teach your little ones to be brave with this brilliantly funny story from comedian and radio DJ Danny Baker.

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  • Ten Little Elves

    Counting fun from ten to one! Ten little elves are on a mission to save Christmas in this fabulously funny rhyming picture book.

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  • Oi Cat!

    The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and friends! Oi Cat! follows Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! in this menagerie of fantastically silly animal-rhyming picture books.

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  • Charlie & Lola: A Dog With Nice Ears

    Beloved by parents and children alike, Charlie and Lola are back in a beautiful new picture book from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

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From age 5 to 7

  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

    Mr Penguin: Adventurer and Penguin. Part Poirot, part Indiana Jones, don’t miss a brand new hero from the internationally bestselling creator of Claude.

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  • Nadiya’s Bake Me A Festive Story

    Bake Off star Nadiya Hussein whips up some festive magic with 35 favourite fairy tales and scrumptious recipes.

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  • Santa Claude

    Join Claude and Sir Bobblysock on a rollicking Christmas adventure in the ninth volume of the much-loved hit series – soon to be on TV.

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  • Polly and the Puffin: The Happy Christmas

    Polly is desperate for Christmas to arrive in this beautifully illustrated festive story from bestselling author Jenny Colgan. Crammed with bonus activities and recipes!

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From age 7 to 9

  • King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror

    Meet Edwin, the 9-year-old boy king. Original, inventive and very funny, his third adventure is great to read aloud with children of 5+ and perfect for newly independent readers of 7+.

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  • Five On A Treasure Island

    Embark on an adventure in the first of Enid Blyton’s enduringly popular series. With charming new cover art, this timeless classic is waiting to enchant a new generation of readers.

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  • Toto the Ninja Cat

    In Dermot O’Leary’s debut children’s book, Toto the Ninja Cat teams up with a host of furry friends for a thrilling night-time adventure.

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  • Evie’s Magic Bracelet: The Unicorn’s Foal

    Evie is back for a bumper Christmas special in the fourth magical adventure story from Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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From age 9 to 12

  • The Wizards of Once

    Enter a world of wizards and warriors, giants and sprites in this magical new series from the author of How To Train Your Dragon.

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  • Nevermoor

    Dive into a wundrous new world in the most fantastical children’s debut of the year. Fans of Harry Potter and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials will love this enchanting adventure.

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  • The Girl With The Lost Smile

    Hilariously funny and touching, this action-packed, imagination-fuelled adventure from much-loved comic Miranda Hart is guaranteed to raise a smile.

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  • Illegal

    From the best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series comes a beautifully realised and thought-provoking graphic novel. Illegal is the powerful story of one boy’s epic journey from Africa to Europe.

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From age 12 to 15

  • I Am Traitor

    At the end of the world, who can you trust? A reluctant teenage hero is caught up in a battle to save herself and her planet, in this gripping science fiction adventure.

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  • Contagion

    A breathtaking dystopian tale of survival and loss, friendship and betrayal. The unmissable first instalment of a new trilogy from Teri Terry, author of the bestselling Slated series.

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  • Summoner: The Novice

    The first epic adventure in the New York Times bestselling Summoner Trilogy. A thrilling, fast-paced story of demons, magical academies, battles and empires.

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  • The Hawkweed Prophecy

    A gorgeous, bewitching tale of two outcast girls whose fates are entwined through an ancient prophecy.

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  • The Taste of Blue Light

    Why did Lux wake up in hospital? Why can’t she remember what happened to her? A gripping, visceral story of a young woman’s desperate race to piece together her fragmented memories and uncover the truth.

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  • The Language of Thorns

    A lavishly illustrated, darkly magical collection of stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice and love. From the bestselling author of Six Of Crows and the Grisha trilogy.

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  • Moxie

    Who run the world? GIRLS. Sweet, funny and fierce, Moxie is an inspirational page-turner for a new generation of feminists.

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  • It’s All In Your Head

    An open, honest and taboo-busting book about mental health, from the award-winning creator of My Mad Fat Diary, Rae Earl, and expert Dr Radha.

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