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Top 10 Xmas picture books

The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here on the blog. They’ve put together their list of fave picture books.  If you quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ at the checkout in the shop (Yeovil Waterstones only), you can get 10% off these titles until Christmas Eve!

Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler61isvdbnmpl

The award winning Gruffalo team are back with this wonderful sequel to their bestselling book Zog! Full of familar illustrations and Julia Donaldson’s brilliant rhyming story, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout join dragon Zog on his further adventures!

There’s a Snake in my School! by David Walliams

untitled-design-4Another great picture book by David Walliams filled with quirky and hilarious goings on and brilliant illustrations from Tony Ross.  Miranda decides to bring a very unusual pet to school one day….

Kitty in Boots by Beatrix Potter

2016-kitty-in-bootsA brand new original tale illustrated by Quentin Blake, released to celebrate the 150th Anniversary this year. Sure to become another classic which will sit happily alongside Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin on bookshelves everywhere.

Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

getimageThe superb illustrations of Oliver Jeffers team up with ground breaking typographer Sam Winston to present a beautiful story. Snippets of well known classics are sprinkled throughout the story which take a boy and girl on a voyage of literary discovery.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

9781509824083the-darkest-darkAn uplifting story which leads young astronaut Chris to realise that the unknown is nothing to be afraid of and that adventure can even be exciting. Inspired by Commander Chris Hadfield’s desire to become an astronaut after seeing the Apollo 11 moon landings.

The Polar Express by Chris van Allsberg


30th Anniversary of the original story (pre Tom Hanks’ movie ) A boy boards a mysterious train and is taken on a journey full of magic and wonder. The story is beautifully illustrated and makes you want believe in Christmas all over again.

The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies


A magical and touching story about an enduring friendship between Noi and a whale he once saved. A heartwarming tale for story time on a cold winter evening.

Oi! Dog! by Kes & Claire Grey and Jim Field

oidog_300Following hot on the heels of the bestselling Oi! Frog, this hilarious book will have you rolling around with laughter. Frog decides it’s time to change the rules……..

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

coverIllustrated by award winning designer, Coralie Bickford-Smith, this is already a modern classic and was voted the Waterstones Book of the Year in 2015. Now out in glorious paperback this special book is not just for children and will grace any book lover’s book shelves. Wonderfully imaginative and simply beautiful to look at.

There’s a Bear in my Chair by Ross Collins

theres-a-bear-on-my-chair-6478-3Shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award, this lovely book tells the age old tale of size versus ingenuity between a mouse and a bear. A fun, rhyming story, great to read aloud.

Waterstones, 37A Middle Street, Yeovil BA20 1LG. Tel 01935 479832.

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