With only eight shopping days left until Christmas, like me you may now be panicking at the thought of all those un-bought (never mind unwrapped) presents. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not buy a book? I know it can be overwhelming when you’re confronted with a massive selection in Waterstones or Borders and have no idea which one to pick – so to make it easier for you, over the next few days I’ll be posting a selection of suggestions. All books recommended have been tried and tested and will make failsafe presents!
I’ve been in touch with Tricia Lee, the Senior Children’s Librarian for Central Library in Liverpool. She has compiled a list of titles which would make fantastic presents for children of any age. Today we kick off with picture books and books for younger children.
Get in touch via email if you’d like any help with buying a book this Christmas.
Picture story books
Lots of really good stuff around. Best to have a look & choose whichever would suit the child but here are a few I love & use regularly for storytelling:
ALBOROUGH, Jez Duck in the Truck (or any in the Duck series)
ANDREAE, Giles Pants
Giraffes Can’t Dance
BLAKE, Quentin Fantastic Daisy Artichoke
BROWNE, Anthony Changes
BROWNE, E. Handa’s Surprise
BURNINGHAM, John Courtney
Mr Gumpy’s Outing
BUTTERWORTH, N. The Whisperer
CHILD, Lauren I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato!
DONALDSON, Julia Gruffalo
Room On The Broom (my favourite!)
DUNBAR, Polly Penguin
HUGHES, Shirley any of the Alfie series
INKPEN, Mick any of the Wibbly Pig series
LONG, Jonathon Cat That Scratched
Dog Who Could Dig.
McKEE, David any of the Elmer series
MELLING, David Two By Two And A Half.
MITTON, Tony Down By The Cool Of The Pool.
MURPHY, Jill any of the Large Family series
The Last Noo-Noo.
ROSEN, Michael We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
SCOTTEN, Rob Russell The Sheep
THOMAS, Valerie any in the Winnie the Witch series
WADELL, Martin any by this author but I especially like Owl Babies
Pig in the Pond
WHYBROW, I. any of the Harry & the Dinosaurs series
WILLIS, Jean Grill Pan Eddy
DOUGHERTY, John Jack Slater Monster Investigator
RIDDELL, Chris Ottoline And The Yellow Cat
SIMON, Francesca any of the Horrid Henry series
STRONG, Jeremy: Beware! Killer Tomatoes
Krazy Kow Saves The World – Well Almost!