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Best children's books to buy for kids of every age for Christmas 2021

From magical Christmas adventures to fantastical tales, there are plenty of wonderful books for children this Christmas.

We’ve delved into a few of the best to give you a guide of what presents to buy for the kids in your life.

For little ones, there are picture books like Who Are You? and Three Little Monkeys At Christmas, which is filled with gorgeous illustrations by Quention Blake.

For slightly older bookworms, there’s the hilarious anthology The Christmas Carrolls, as well as a charming time-travelling winter tale.

And for almost grown-up readers there are two enchanting fantasy novels, plus an inspiring story of an unlikely superhero.

AGES 0-4

The Planet In A Pickle Jar by Martin Stanev

Visiting grandma is weird and dull until she goes missing and the children realise the magic she has stored up in her home.

A beautiful, original picture-book about cherishing our world and each other.

Buy it for £12.99 (Flying Eye)

Three Little Monkeys At Christmas by Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark

When Hilda Snibbs takes three mischievous monkeys to stay with Uncle Gilbert for Christmas, chaos ensues but all is forgiven when the monkeys foil an art theft.

A gorgeous picture-book full of wry, festive humour.

Buy it for £12.99 (HarperCollins)

Who Are You? by Smriti Halls and Ali Pye

Choose the pictures that are most like you!

A jaunty, rhyming, colourful celebration of all the things — features, family and favourite foods — that make us unique.

Buy it for £6.99 (HarperCollins)

AGES 5-8

Count by Melvin Burgess, illustrated by Chris Mould

Brandon always boasts but what happens when he boasts he can count to ten million?

As the count rises, angry teachers give way to avid fans, until the numbers take over everything!

A funny, engaging story about the pitfalls of celebrity and the importance of staying true to yourself.

Buy it for £6.99 (Andersen)

The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent, illustrated by Selom Sunu

Holly’s Christmas-loving family is festive all year round. But when the Carrolls move to a new home, Holly finds it hard to spread cheer.

Should she tone down the Christmas spirit to fit in with the crowd, or will she save the day by embracing it to the full?

Hilariously silly, this super-seasonal debut will have readers chuckling.

Buy it for £7.99 (HarperCollins)

A Night At The Frost Fair by Emma Carroll, illustrated by Sam Usher

When Maya’s grandmother gives her a disappointing gift, Maya is amazed to be transported back to Georgian London for an icy adventure on the frozen Thames.

A slim, delicious timeslip tale, full of evocative pictures and wintry enchantment.

Buy it for £10.99 (Simon And Schuster)

AGES 9-12

The Girl Who Talked To Trees by Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry

Olive is shy and quiet but when her beloved oak is threatened seven trees share their secret stories with her and send her home filled with the courage and wisdom to defend it.

A wonderful collection of interlinked fairytales, with delicate, glowing illustrations and fascinating facts.

Buy it for £12.99 (Zephyr)

Wolfstongue by Sam Thompson, illustrated by Anna Tromop

Silas finds it hard to speak, especially when he’s bullied at school. When he saves an injured wolf, though, he is drawn into a fight against the foxes who use language like a weapon.

Can Silas find his voice to help his friends and become the Wolfstongue?

A superb fantasy about the power of words and the relationship between human and animal worlds.

Buy it for £8.99 (Little Island)

Stuntboy, In The Meantime by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raúl the Third

Portico Reeves is continually attacked by his mean-kid nemesis but his alter-ego, Stuntboy, uses his powers to keep people safe, especially his warring parents and his two best friends.

But will anyone save Stuntboy? A warmly comic look at how an unusual boy sees his world.

Buy it for £7.99 (Knights Of Media)

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