12 days of Christmas gift guides: Fiona Noble’s top 12 books

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We’re on a mission to make your Christmas shopping as stress-free as possible! For the next twelve days, we’ll be sharing a gift guide each day – so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect book for every little reader, regardless of their age, reading level or interest.

You’ll be able to get 20% off every book in that day’s gift guide, but for one day only – so make sure you don’t miss out! We’ll also be giving away one top pick on Facebook and Twitter each day too, so head over now to enter.

Today, children’s book expert Fiona Noble is sharing a round-up of her top twelve books to give to a child this Christmas.


1. The Nutcracker

From the Land of Sweets to the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker is one of the most beloved Christmas fairytales. This beautiful novelty board book brings the story to life for the very youngest children.

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2. Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

A brand new Christmas Eve adventure starring the exuberant witch and her cat. Magical, funny and full of detail to spot, the Winnie and Wilbur books are big favourites in my house.

Jolly Christmas Postman

3. The Jolly Christmas Postman

Peep inside the Jolly Postman’s Christmas mailbag to discover letters, cards and presents for favourite nursery rhyme characters. Brimming with festive spirit, a book to share with all the family and to revisit each year.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

There’s something strangely lovable about this Christmas-hating misery guts. The bouncy rhyme is a real treat to read aloud in the countdown to the big day.

Lost In The Snow

5. Lost in the Snow

Holly Webb’s Animal Stories are a brilliant choice for newly confident readers. This little kitten needs a Christmas miracle…perfect for young animal fans and pretty illustrations too.


6. The Christmasaurus

A big-hearted Christmas Eve adventure bursting with snow, singing elves, flying reindeer and a very special dinosaur. Parents will appreciated the short chapters, which are just the right length for bedtime.

Incomplete Book of Dragons

7. Incomplete Book of Dragons

Fans of How to Train Your Dragon – and dragons in general – will adore this notebook crammed with observations, facts and artwork about that most fiery of creatures.

Snow Spider

8. The Snow Spider

A boy discovers his destiny as a magician in a classic snowy story of winter magic and mystery set in the Welsh mountains. I love this special 30th anniversary edition with an icy blue, silver webbed jacket.

Narnia Boxset

9. Chronicles of Narnia

From the snowy reign of the White Witch to the intrepid voyage of the Dawn Treader, discover the magical world of one of the greatest children’s fantasies of all time. All seven books in a beautiful gift box for only £14.99.

Mistletoe and Murder

10. Mistletoe and Murder

A seasonal special in the bestselling A Murder Most Unladylike series, this oozes vintage festive charm with a dash of murder thrown in. I love the clever, intrepid schoolgirl detectives Hazel and Daisy.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Illustrator Jim Kay has reinvented the magical world of Harry Potter for a brand new generation. A dazzling deluxe hardback with foiled jacket, full-colour illustrations and a ribbon marker.

Wolf Wilder

12. The Wolf Wilder

The story of a fierce, brave girl on an astonishing adventure in the white wilderness of Russian fairytales. A classic-in-the-making from the award-winning Katherine Rundell, one of today’s most talented storytellers.

If you’re reading this on 8th December, add any of these books to your basket and your 20% discount will be automatically applied!

Don’t forget to shop our full Christmas Gift Guide here.

Fiona Noble is the Children’s & YA Previews Editor for The Bookseller magazine and a freelance children’s books consultant. Fiona has over 20 years experience of the children’s book world, starting out as a Saturday library assistant aged 16, and has gone on to work in a variety of bookselling and publishing roles, including children’s books manager of Ottakar’s book chain.

Make your Christmas shopping mean that little bit more and help us #GiveABook back to schools this year. By buying your books from us, you’ll be helping to expand your children’s school library, as you get 20% of your order back in free books for any school or nursery of your choice. If you’re looking for some present inspiration, take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide 2016 – it’s packed with the latest releases, ultimate classics and perfect Christmas stories to share over the festive season.

We’d love it if you’d help us spread the word so we can give even more free books to your school! Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram#GiveABook and tell us which books you’ll be sharing this festive season. We’ll be picking our three favourite suggestions and donating a book-laden sack worth £50 to the school or nursery of your choice, so it’s time to get sharing!

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