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The best children's books for Christmas - including Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Pokemon and Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Nothing beats the gift of a good read

Let your little ones imagination run wild this Christmas with a selection of books.

As well as helping to expand their literary skills reading is a great hobby they can continue nurturing for the rest of their lives.

We've selected the best Christmas-themed books for the festive period as well as some of the most popular reads of the year for you to choose from.

After searching for the best deals we've also selected the best possible prices for you, all below the RRP price.

Christmas-themed

Santa to the Rescue by Barry Timms and Ag Jatkowska, RRP £10 get it for £8.77 at wordery.com

Young children love pop up surprises and lift the flap books and Santa to the Rescue combines both. It’s Christmas Eve and the bears of Mistletoe Mountain are snowed in. Can the animals of Holly Tree Forest work together to help Santa to save the day?

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher (Penguin Books Ltd), RRP £12.99 get it for £9.99 at Waterstones

After writing songs with his band McFly for several years, Tom Fletcher turned his hand to writing stories. His first novel for young readers called The Christmasasurus centres on William Trundle who sets off on a Christmas Eve adventure with an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus, a nasty piece of work called Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur.

Walking In A Winter Wonderland by Richard Smith, Felix Bernard and Tim Hopgood (Oxford OUP), RRP £12.99 get it for £12.08 at Amazon

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?” So begins Walking In A Winter Wonderland , a song we hear every Christmas. First written in 1934 by Richard B Smith and Felix Bernard, after Richard saw a park covered in snow, the lyrics have been beautifully illustrated by Tim Hopgood in a follow-up to What A Wonderful World. The hardback comes with a CD of Peggy Lee’s perky version of the song. A nice one for grandparents to read to grandchildren and then have a singalong.

General

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling (Little, Brown Book Group), RRP £16.99 get it for £8.49 at Waterstones

A tale pre-Harry Potter set in 1920s New York. Fantastic Beasts focuses on Newt Scamander, a British wizard expelled from Hogwarts, Newt is in exile, alone with a suitcase that holds a secret. For Newt carries a precious cargo of magical creatures. Or at least he did… Some of the creatures have escaped and this puts him in terrible, mortal danger.

Pokemon: Deluxe essential handbook by Cris Silvestri (Scholastic), RRP £7.99 get it for £4.99 at scholastic.co.uk

It was the craze of the summer and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. This revised and updated edition of the 2008 bestseller has stats and facts kids need to know about all 646 Pokemon. The book includes 64 new pages focusing on the 153 new Pokemon that just debuted in the Pokemon Black & White videogames. The revised & updated Ultimate Handbook is an absolute must-have for Pokemon fans. It’s sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams (HarperCollins), RRP £12.99 get it for £6.49 at Waterstones

There's no stopping actor, comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams who is now on to his ninth children’s novel.

The Midnight Gang tells a heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward and on a quest for adventure! When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!

Double Down - Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11 by Jeff Kinney (Penguin Books Ltd ), RRP £12.99 get it for £5.66 at bookdepository.com

The incredibly popular Diary series continues with a new instalment out just in time for Christmas. Greg sets about completing the one project that is guaranteed to bring him fame and fortune – directing his very own scary movie! However, for Greg nothing is ever simple and will he really be able to juggle the demands of big-time film making and surviving his mother’s Halloween party? What about everything else going on in his life? Can Greg… double down?

The Official Minecraft Annual 2017 (Egmont Publishing), RRP £7.99 get it for £4 at theworks.co.uk


A must for all fans of this computer building game, inside you’ll find challenges set by the Mojang team as well as famous YouTubers like Stampy Cat and FyreUK. There are survival strategies and challenges, Story Mode and Realms features and step-by-step guides to recreate builds from your favourite YouTubers’ worlds.

Girl Online: Going Solo By: Zoe Sugg, RRP £12.99 get it for £6.49 at Waterstones

Zoe Sugg aka Zoella, is a vlogger from Brighton.

Her beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogs have gained her millions of YouTube followers. In her third novel, heroine Penny’s life is back to normal. As she starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar and no one knows where he is. An invitation to her pal Megan’s performing arts school sees her make new friends, including the charming Callum – but can she move on from Noah?

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