New books we love in December 2021

Constance in Peril

Explore our pick of the best children's books in December 2021 – there's something for everyone, from Elmer the elephant having a jolly Christmas to fantasy adventures for those seeking a new non-festive favourite.

 

 

  • Aaron Slater, Illustrator

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • Aaron Slater, Illustrator

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 4-8

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    Aaron loves to listen to stories. He cannot wait to create his own tales, but first, he must learn to read. However, Aaron fi…

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  • Change Sings

    Author: Amanda Gorman Illustrator: Loren Long

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • Change Sings

    Author: Amanda Gorman Illustrator: Loren Long

    Interest level: 3-6

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    An inspiring anthem for children with lyric text about the power of youth and community, written by US Presidential inaugural poet…

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  • Constance in Peril

    Author: Ben Manley Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Constance in Peril

    Author: Ben Manley Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Ben Manley and Emma Chichester Clark’s absolutely delightful story about a much-loved toy will strike a chord of recognition in al…

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  • Five Christmas Friends

    Author: Danielle McLean Illustrator: Rosalind Maroney

    Interest level: 0-2

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  • Five Christmas Friends

    Author: Danielle McLean Illustrator: Rosalind Maroney

    Interest level: 0-2

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    A Christmas "count-and-slide" board book, this story is a clever way to help little ones learn to count while also introducing lot…

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  • Green Rising

    Author: Lauren James

    Interest level: 12-18

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Green Rising

    Author: Lauren James

    Interest level: 12-18

    Reading age: 12+

    When teenagers across the globe develop the ability to grow plants from their skin, they become the subject of fierce debate - but…

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  • Kay’s Marvellous Medicine

    Author: Adam Kay Illustrator: Henry Paker

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Kay’s Marvellous Medicine

    Author: Adam Kay Illustrator: Henry Paker

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    If your children aren’t already whizzes at medical facts and the history of medicine (and who is?), then they might like to brush …

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  • Lionheart Girl

    Author: Yaba Badoe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Lionheart Girl

    Author: Yaba Badoe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Raised in a household of powerful West African witches, Sheba is a princess in her village – but she’s terrified of her mother, wh…

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  • Little Glow

    Author: Katie Sahota Illustrator: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Little Glow

    Author: Katie Sahota Illustrator: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This glimmering, gorgeous book is a gentle story that showcases the amazing celebrations of light across different communities, in…

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  • Little Santa

    Author: Jon Agee

    Reading age: 4-8

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  • Little Santa

    Author: Jon Agee

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    Reading age: 4-8

    A wonderfully entertaining festive tale, perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what Santa was like as a child. Full of quirky d…

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  • Luna Loves Dance

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Luna Loves Dance

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-5

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    With the gentle support of her family, Luna begins to believe in herself as a real dancer. This delightful tale shows young c…

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  • My Skin, Your Skin

    Author: Laura Henry-Allain MBE Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • My Skin, Your Skin

    Author: Laura Henry-Allain MBE Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu

    Interest level: 4-8

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    This important non-fiction book explores the concept of racism for a young audience, explaining what it is and why it is always wr…

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  • Nibbles Christmas

    Author: Emma Yarlett

    Interest level: 0-2

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  • Nibbles Christmas

    Author: Emma Yarlett

    Interest level: 0-2

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    Emma Yarlett's lovable book-munching monster strikes again, this time in a Christmas-themed board book that counts down the days u…

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  • Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

    Author: Traci N. Todd Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

    Author: Traci N. Todd Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Set against the backdrop of the American Civil Rights movement, this formidable picture book explores the life of acclaimed Black …

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  • Oceanarium

    Author: Loveday Trinick Illustrator: Teagan White

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Oceanarium

    Author: Loveday Trinick Illustrator: Teagan White

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    With remarkable illustration that will make anyone want to dive in and learn more about the wondrous oceanic realms, this is a bri…

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  • Stuntboy: In the Meantime

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Raul the Third

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Stuntboy: In the Meantime

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Raul the Third

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 9+

    In his imagination, Portico Reeves is Stunt Boy, saving other superheroes from disaster.  But when his parents plan to divorc…

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A funny and exciting school story that turns into a wild fantasy adventure when Tunde dicovers he can sprout giant wings and his d…

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  • The Memory Thieves

    Author: Darren Simpson

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Memory Thieves

    Author: Darren Simpson

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

    A multi-layered thriller set in an isolated sanctuary for troubled teens, where traumatic memories can be suppressed – but not ent…

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  • The Santa List

    Author: Kieran Crowley Illustrator: James Lancett

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Santa List

    Author: Kieran Crowley Illustrator: James Lancett

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    When Aisling and Joe find themselves on the naughty list after a run-in with a super-strict babysitter, it's a race against time t…

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  • The Shadows of Rookhaven

    Author: Padraig Kenny Illustrator: Edward Bettison

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Shadows of Rookhaven

    Author: Padraig Kenny Illustrator: Edward Bettison

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    This gothic glory of a novel for older readers is as thoughtful and exciting as the first. Perfect for Neil Gaiman fans, the Addam…

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  • The Subtle Knife

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Subtle Knife

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    In this second instalment of the illustrated books of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, Chris Wormell has crea…

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  • The Very Merry Murder Club

    Author: Various authors Editor: Serena Patel and Robin Stevens Illustrator: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Very Merry Murder Club

    Author: Various authors Editor: Serena Patel and Robin Stevens Illustrator: Harry Woodgate

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Featuring stories by Elle McNicoll, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Patrice Lawrence, Roopa Farooki, Serena Patel and Sharna Jackson…

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  • Tiny Reindeer

    Author: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Tiny Reindeer

    Author: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Tiny Reindeer is so small that he can sit in the palm of Santa’s hand. When he sorts through the final Christmas mail, he stu…

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  • When Shadows Fall

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Natalie Sirett

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • When Shadows Fall

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Natalie Sirett

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Kai is on a downward spiral, struggling with drug addiction and personal tragedy, but his friends will do anything to save him. A …

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  • Where's My Santa?

    Author: Kate McLelland

    Interest level: 0-2

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  • Where's My Santa?

    Author: Kate McLelland

    Interest level: 0-2

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    Children will love finding Santa and revelling in Christmas in this board book that is full of interesting textures to explore, fr…

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