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Christmas books for 5 – 7 year olds

From Michael Morpurgo's brand-new selection of the Greatest Magical Stories to the classic adventures of Pippi Longstocking, take a look at our pick of the best Christmas books for 5-7 year olds.

Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has gathered together his favourite magical stories from around the world in this beautiful illustrated edition. From tiny heroes and talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are here, including a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk by Michael himself.
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Activity: Create your own magical character [PDF]

Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning children’s writer and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has gathered his favourite animal stories from around the world and written one himself to create this collection. From Puss in Boots to Peter and the Wolf, there’s a classic story for every bedtime all beautifully-illustrated in colour. A treasure trove of animal delights, chosen by the UK's best-loved storyteller this sumptuous edition is the perfect gift.
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Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Get your pens out and step into an amazing world of pugs, sea monkeys, killer cakes and more, for a whole host of drawing and creating writing adventures and fun with your expert guides, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
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Anne Booth, Sophy Williams
A baby donkey is a wonderful Christmas surprise for Lucy and her friends and family. But will it also bring the good fortune they need to save the harvest mice and bring them back to the nearby fields? A heart-warming story which is perfect for Christmas.
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Read Anne Booth's blog post: Developing empathy through reading
Activity: Make Lucy's Christmas decorations [PDF]

Anne Booth
When Lucy finds a lost baby otter she makes a Christmas wish to find him a special new home. But little does Lucy know that it's just the start of the Christmas magic, and that by helping the otter she will help lots of other people, and animals, too! He may only be small, but Lucy's little otter is about to make a big impact! This warm and traditional festive story illustrated by Sophy Williams is an ideal Christmas present for any child who loves animals.
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Anne Booth
Lucy has a big secret – Santa needs her help. . . . He’s left her a little reindeer in the garden shed! But Starlight is poorly and without him guiding the sleigh through the night sky Santa won’t be able to deliver any presents. Can Lucy make Starlight better and save Christmas? A heartwarming and magical tale that young readers will love.
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Activity: Make your own snow globe [PDF]

Michael Bond
From the author of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond’s loveable guinea-pig has been charming readers for over 40 years. With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is a little guinea pig with big ideas. Follow Olga’s escapades as she leaves the pet shop behind in this stunning small-format gift edition with glorious watercolours and silkscreen images from award-winning artist Catherine Rayner. A gift that can be enjoyed by both young and old.
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See also: Olga da Polga Small Format Gift Edition

Cas Lester
Is there anything more exciting than looking out of your window and discovering snow? For Nixie the bad, bad fairy it can only mean fun. So while the rest of the fairies are hard at work preparing for the Midwinter Midnight Feast, Nixie is sledging, throwing snowballs and causing mischief with her wonky wand. But one fairy is missing out on all of the fun, where is Fidget the butterfly fairy? It's up to Nixie to find her and prove that she's not such a bad, bad fairy after all.
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Activity: Bake snow-covered gingerbread trees [PDF]

Laura Owen, Korky Paul
Winnie and Wilbur are always on the lookout. And this time it’s not for Santa! Whether Winnie is looking for her lost teddy, Wilbur looking for fame and fortune, Winnie looking seriously wobbly on a bicycle, or Winnie and Wilbur looking at the stars and spotting an alien, there is one thing they always find – true adventure! These four magical stories featuring Winnie and Wilbur and a zany supporting cast and moments of humour, slapstick, and real drama. A great value gift.
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Astrid Lindgren (author), Lauren Child (illustrator)
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren's nine-year-old heroine, burst onto bookshelves in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children the world over. Here, her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren Child, known to children everywhere as the creator of Charlie and Lola, and winner of the Kate Greenaway and Nestle Gold Awards.
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See also: Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition (Paperback) | Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition (Small Gift Edition)
Activity: Pippi's party games [PDF]

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