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Best children's books of 2014

We're delighted to have featured some wonderful books in our kids' and picture book clubs this year. Here's a round-up of some more of our recent favourites, which <handily> make perfect Christmas presents for grandchildren all!

 

Claude on the SlopesClaude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

From the World Book Day Illustrator 2014, comes another wonderfully funny tale about the bestselling beret clad hero. In this latest adventure, on a winter's day, Claude goes from throwing snowballs and making snowmen to causing an all-out avalanche! Claude was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and the Richard and Judy Book Club.

 

 

The Spectacular Tale of Peter RabbitThe Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

A fair has come to the Lake District and Peter and Benjamin are forbidden to go. Driven by their ever-insatiable curiosity, they sneak into the fair anyway. Mesmerized by all the activity, the rabbits stand incredibly still, watching. Suddenly, a little girl picks up Peter, declaring him to be her stuffed animal prize! Covered in kisses and stuffed in her bag, Peter Rabbit is taken on his first-ever roller coaster. Can Benjamin rescue Peter?  

 

365 Days of Wonder365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman stole the hearts of over a million readers in the bestselling, award-winning Wonder. 365 Days of Wonder is a beautiful companion to the novel: a collection of quotes and wise words, one for every day of the year. It includes funny, insightful, inspiring thoughts from Wonder's fans, famous authors and personalities - from Roald Dahl and Paul McCartney to Anne Frank, Tolkien and Popeye - and from the novel itself. 

 

 

Alfie's ChristmasAlfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas... But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It's going to be such an exciting day! Author Shirley Hughes received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

 

Five ChildrenFive Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

 An epic, heart-wrenching follow-on from E. Nesbit's Five Children and It stories. The five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories...until, for the first time in 10 years, he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose.

 

Christmas World of StickersChristmas World of Stickers by Rachel Cloyne & Beth Gunnell

Capture the magic of Christmas with this fabulously festive sticker, colouring and drawing book. Christmas World of Stickers is packed full of festive full-colour illustrations, stunning scenes and wintery patterns to complete with colouring pencils or stickers. From decorating Christmas trees, embellishing festive treats and designing cosy knitwear to dressing up Santa's elves, completing snowy scenes and lots more, there is so much fun to be had.

 

Frankie's Magic FootballFrankie Saves Christmas by Frank Lampard

It's two nights before Christmas and Frankie, Charlie, Louise and Max are having a sleepover. But in the middle of the night they are magicked away to Lapland, where Santa tells them that a sack of Christmas presents has been stolen! The team set off to find them, but first have to face challenges from a naughty elf, a rogue reindeer and an abominable snowman... Can Frankie find the presents - and save Christmas?

 


 

ABCMy First Touch and Feel Book: ABC Alphabet Fun

A cute and cuddly touch-and-feel alphabet book to teach babies their ABCs. Each page turn reveals a new touch-and-feel texture for babies to stroke. The rhyming text leads little ones through their alphabet and introduces them to a range of first words and objects. This bright photographic ABC book makes learning the alphabet fun!


 

The Fairytale HairdresserThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Snow White by Abie Longstaff

Snow White has fled from the palace and the wicked queen is on her trail. With the help of seven musical dwarves, a magic mirror and a dashing doctor prince, can Kittie Lacey save the day? This is the fourth story in the Fairytale Hairdresser series featuring a feisty, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too troublesome and no frizz too fearsome. No little princess or prince should be without these stories, filled with fairytale fun and a surprise glitter spread.

   

Blackberry BlueBlackberry Blue by Jamila Gavin

Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches... Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

   

I Love You Father ChristmasI Love You Father Christmas by Giles Andreae

I love you, Father Christmas, in your big red suit, with your bright silver buckle and your black shiny boots. The excitement of Christmas is perfectly captured through one little child's boundless enthusiasm. The joyful rhyme and bold, stylish pictures make this a must-have book for anyone - big or small - who just can't wait for Father Christmas to set off on his sleigh.

   

Get Into ArtGet Into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks

A gorgeous children's activity series that explores a wide range of artists' work while encouraging children to develop their own skills and techniques, Get into Art! is perfect for active young artists of all abilities. Get into Art! Animals explores a fascinating array of animal artworks from artists as diverse as Degas, Matisse and Braque. Each is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves.

   

Goth GirlGoth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell

Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, the indoor gamekeeper, is acting suspiciously. Elsewhere at Ghastly-Gorm Ada's wardrobe-dwelling lady's maid Marylebone has received a marriage proposal. Ada vows to aid the course of true love and find out what Maltravers is up to, but amidst all this activity, everyone, including her father, appears to have forgotten her birthday!

  

Gus and MeGus and Me by Keith Richards

Keith's grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree lived near Seven Sisters Road, in a house filled with instruments and cakes. A nostalgic look back at happy childhood days as the Rolling Stone star remembers his grandfather - a former big band player who encouraged his grandson to take up the guitar, in this charming picture book whimsically illustrated by Keith Richards' daughter.

 

   

Hello LondonHello London by Marion Billet

Push, pull and slide the London scenes to explore the sights of the busy city. Turn the London Eye, open and close Tower Bridge, even raise the flag at Buckingham Palace! This big, bright board book has easy-to-use mechanisms that are designed for toddlers. The colourful illustrations are packed with detail and things to spot, making it the perfect introduction to London, and a great way to share memories of a first visit.

   

How to Hide a Lion From GrandmaHow to Hide a Lion from Grandma by Helen Stephens

When Grandma comes to stay, Iris has to hide her lion, as grandmas can get anxious if they find a lion in the house. But Grandma is acting suspiciously too, and Iris is sure she has a secret of her own. To Iris's great surprise, it turns out that Grandma is hiding a bear in her bedroom! This warm and funny follow-up to the prize-winning, bestselling picture book, How To Hide A Lion, is certain to be another winner with children everywhere.