Books for Christmas: Gift Guide 2021

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By Julia Paddon

Everyone loves a book – and those who don’t should know better. 🙂

We’ve put together a something-for-everyone guide for all ages, all handily linked for purchase.

Hopefully your Christmas shopping has just got a whole lot easier…

Toddlers

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 toddlers

A witty and charmingly llustrated bedtime story about a little girl who imagines what it would be like to have a dinosaur of her very own.
If I Had a Dinosaur, £7.99

The first picture book addressing how a disabled child might want to be spoken to. Joe just wants to have fun in the playground, which is hard when kids keep pointing out he’s got one leg. Funny and moving, What Happened to You? is inspired by the author’s first-hand childhood experiences.
What Happened to You?, £6.99

Space can be lonely, so Moon likes to watch people down on Earth. There’s just one problem; when Sun is out, everybody on Earth is happy to see him, but when Moon is out, everyone goes to sleep. With colourful illustrations and an engaging storyline, this book will inspire and captivate young readers with its timely and ultimately uplifting message
The Night the Moon Went Missing, £6.99

Follow the dynamic doggy duo – chatty collie Casper and his loyal friend Daisy as they head off to the park and learn all about the power of kindness and friendship. Whether you want a memorable picture book to share again and again or a sweet story for sleepy bedtimes, Casper and Daisy’s Big Day at the Park is the perfect choice.
books for christmas 2021 Peppa-PigCasper & Daisy’s Big Day at the Park, £6.99

This binge-worthy book collection is guaranteed to take prime position on any child’s bookshelf. The Ultimate Peppa Pig 50 Book Set includes one hit story after another, brought to life with stunning illustrations – just like the characters on tv.

Encapsulated in a stunning hard box, the 50 kids’ books in this collection are a wonderful addition to a child’s growing library making this a wonderful treat for your own little ones, or as a gift for someone special.

The Ultimate Peppa Pig Collection, £28.99

Kids

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 kids

Dive into this collection of more than 100 intriguing items from the natural world and discover the stories behind them. Written by the award-winning journalist Ben Hoare, examine a whale’s bristly teeth and learn how they eat tiny animals, why butterflies shine and glitter in the sunlight from seeing their miniature wing scales and what makes every snowflake unique from admiring their tiny, branching crystals of ice.
Nature’s Treasures, £20

What if your parents wanted you to behave badly? Francesca Simon, author of the bestselling Horrid Henry, makes a triumphant return with another sharp, funny and compelling series, this time featuring terror twins, Hack and Whack, adored by their parents for being the very best worst vikings in the village.
Two Terrible Vikings, £6.99

Did you know that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm? Or that lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups? See nature in a whole new light with this enchantingly illustrated treasury of natural folklore and wild wisdom from around the world.
Lore of the Wild, £14.99

Why are animals so amazingly colourful? Find out in this kaleidoscopic look at the technicolour world of animals. Meet animals of every colour of the rainbow and find out why they are the colours and patterns they are!
Kaleidoscope of Creatures, £14.99

Flex your fact muscles and test your trivia knowledge with this encyclopedia of incredible facts. Packed with 500 perplexing questions, this book is perfect for family quiz nights and impressing in the playground!
The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts, £17.99

Everyone thinks that Lin is the cutest panda in the world… but Lin HATES being cute, and now she will do everything in her power to prove she’s the baddest, meanest, most un-cute animal in the zoo. A hilarious brand new illustrated series from the award-winning creators of Dave Pigeon.
Bad Panda, £6.99

This wonderful gift for any dinosaur fan is perfect for children to explore by themselves or to read with an adult at bedtime. From Tyrannosaurus and sabre-toothed cats, to ferns and woolly mammoths, every page will captivate young readers as they travel through the history of the Earth.
Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life, £20

3 From Yorkshire

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 yorkshire

The first biography to look at the entirety of Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth’s multi-faceted artistic practice.
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life by Eleanor Clayton and Ali Smith, £25.00

Leeds, 1980. Amid the violence and decay, the city was home to an extraordinarily vibrant post-punk scene. Out of that swamp crawled the Sisters of Mercy. Over the next five years, they would rise from local heroes to leading alternative band, before blowing apart on the verge of major rock stardom. Mark Andrews tells the tale of one of Yorkshire’s most unlikely rock success stories.
Paint My Name in Black and Gold by Mark Andrews, £20

David Hockney reflects upon life and art as he journeys through lockdown in rural Normandy.
Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy by Martin Gayford, £25

Things of Beauty

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 beautiful

The first monograph of the celebrated mind-altering artist and album cover designer Leif Podhajsky.
New Psychedelia by Leif Podhajsky and Evie Tarr, £30

An enhanced facsimile of Jones’s Icones, one of the most scientifically important and visually stunning works on butterflies and moths ever created.
Iconotypes: A compendium of butterflies and moths, £65

The official 70th anniversary publication by Marimekko, celebrating the classic design collaborations, pattern designs and vibrant textiles from the much-loved Finnish lifestyle design house.
Marimekko: The Art of Printmaking, £50

For the Superfans

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 fans

Drawing from over 120 hours of sound and video recordings documenting the making of Let It Be, this stunning volume vividly reconstructs the birth of the final Beatles album through transcripts of the band’s conversations and creative breakthroughs as well as hundreds of never-before seen photographs, including work from Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney.
Get Back, £26.20

New in the bestselling Catwalk series: the first comprehensive overview of Versace’s womenswear collections, from Gianni Versace’s debut in 1978 to today.
Versace Catwalk: The Complete Collections, £55

Ranging from the late 19th century to the present, this exhilarating survey explores the ways the medium of cinema has changed the way we see the world.
The Mysteries of Cinema by Peter Conrad, £25

Christmas Chills

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 spooky

Covering astronomy, demonology, witchcraft, ancient magic and much more, this directory decodes over 500 signs, symbols and icons of the occult.
Symbols of the Occult by Eric Chaline and Mark Stavish, £16.99

This richly illustrated anthology gathers together classic short stories from established masters of supernatural fiction including M. R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu and Arthur Machen, alongside lesser-known voices in the field including Eleanor Scott and Margery Lawrence. There are also tales from popular writers less bound to the horror genre, such as Thomas Hardy and E. F. Benson. These are damnable tales, selected and beautifully illustrated by illustrator and graphic designer Richard Wells.
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology, £25

Cult Books

Books for Christmas Gift Guide 2021 cult

Back with a vengeance, collage superstar Cold War Steve goes viral, casting a scathing view on the past year on Plague Island.
Cold War Steve – Journal of The Plague Year, £16.99

A fascinating exploration of the weird and wonderful video games not available to Western audiences from the creators of Did You Know Gaming? Featuring games from your favourite series and developers that you may have never known existed — as well as some straight up bizarre creations and trivia. Region Locked covers a wide range of games from the 1980s up to the present day, and includes guest chapters from well-known gaming figures.
Region Locked by Matthew Barnes, Dazz Brown & Greg Seago-Curl, £20

One more for the kids?

books for christmas 2021 Peppa-PigThis binge-worthy book collection is guaranteed to take prime position on any child’s bookshelf. The Ultimate Peppa Pig 50 Book Set includes one hit story after another, brought to life with stunning illustrations – just like the characters on tv.

Encapsulated in a stunning hard box, the 50 kids’ books in this collection are a wonderful addition to a child’s growing library making this a wonderful treat for your own little ones, or as a gift for someone special.

The Ultimate Peppa Pig Collection, £28.99

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