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Books We Love in December 2020

The front cover of The Miracle on Ebenezer Street

Explore our pick of the very best new children's books in December 2020.

  • Goodnight, Little Llama

    Author: Amanda Wood Illustrator: Bec Winnel and Vikki Chu

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Goodnight, Little Llama

    Author: Amanda Wood Illustrator: Bec Winnel and Vikki Chu

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Little Llama is the smallest in the herd and she can't always keep up! When Chinchilla offers to go to the top of the mountain wit…

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  • Scruff

    Author: Alice Bowsher

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Scruff

    Author: Alice Bowsher

    Interest level: 2-5

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    A rather scruffy man goes to the dog pound and finds a dog which is just as scruffy as him: Scruff! But Scruff doesn’t want to jum…

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  • The Snowman and the Sun

    Author: Susan Taghdis Illustrator: Ali Mafakheri Translator: Azita Rassi

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Snowman and the Sun

    Author: Susan Taghdis Illustrator: Ali Mafakheri Translator: Azita Rassi

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Told from a snowman’s perspective, this unusual, charmingly wintery tale explores the water cycle, the continuous journey water ta…

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  • It's Only Stanley

    Author: Jon Agee

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • It's Only Stanley

    Author: Jon Agee

    Interest level: 3-6

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    The Wimbledon family keep getting woken up by their dog, Stanley - what could he possibly be up to in the middle of the night? Fin…

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  • Dogger's Christmas

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Dogger's Christmas

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Calm, classic and atmospheric, this new story about Dave and his beloved toy Dogger is perfect for sharing in the days leading up …

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  • The Hospital Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sarah Ogilvie

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The Hospital Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sarah Ogilvie

    Interest level: 2-5

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    This is the charming story of Dot the dalmatian, a very special dog indeed, who finds out just how important her hospital visits a…

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  • Thank You

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Sam Usher

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Thank You

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Sam Usher

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

    A touching, colourful picture book about gratitude and how a small ‘Thank you!’ can grow and grow and brighten up the world.

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  • Crocodile Tears

    Author: Roger McGough Illustrator: by Greg McLeod

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Crocodile Tears

    Author: Roger McGough Illustrator: by Greg McLeod

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    This brilliantly illustrated, funny, touching and insightful tale follows the adventures of a restless, young crocodile desperate …

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  • Fearless Fairy Tales

    Author: Konnie Huq and James Kay Illustrator: Rikin Parekh

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Fearless Fairy Tales

    Author: Konnie Huq and James Kay Illustrator: Rikin Parekh

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    A hilarious, subversive collection of thoroughly modern fairy tales reflecting a new morality inspired by 21st century issues.

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  • A Christmas in Time

    Author: Sally Nicholls

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A Christmas in Time

    Author: Sally Nicholls

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Ruby and Alex slip through a magical mirror to Christmas 1872 where they must race against time to save sad, motherless Edith from…

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  • The Wizard in My Shed

    Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wizard in My Shed

    Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Medieval magic meets a 21st century TV talent show when a vengeful warlock, an ordinary girl and a talking guinea pig are thrown t…

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  • Tinsel

    Author: Sibéal Pounder

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tinsel

    Author: Sibéal Pounder

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    In 1875 orphan Blanche and her friend Rinki invent Christmas, with a little help from a crowd of magical elves all called Carol.

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  • On The Move

    Author: DK Braille

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: Young braille readers

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  • On The Move

    Author: DK Braille

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: Young braille readers

    One of a new series of books developed in consultation with the RNIB, this particular title focuses on transport. The board book f…

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  • The Dragon Ark

    Author: Curatoria Draconis Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8-11

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  • The Dragon Ark

    Author: Curatoria Draconis Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8-11

    In this stunning book, Curatoria Draconis - also known as the Dragon Protector - takes us on a journey around the world to meet di…

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  • Northern Lights

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Northern Lights

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Chris Wormell brings Philip Pullman's magnificent adventure to life in this beautiful new illustrated edition - a wonderful additi…

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  • Love, Love

    Author: Victoria Chang

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Love, Love

    Author: Victoria Chang

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 8+

    Facing bullies at school and feeling lonely at home, Frances embarks on an investigation to figure out why her sister's hair is fa…

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