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Christmas books for 5–7 year olds

From Michael Morpurgo's 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.

Harriet Muncaster
Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can't last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? As well as a magical story, this gift edition of Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic is also bursting with activities and fun things to make and do!
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Laura Owen, Korky Paul
Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder 'who gives Santa a present'? This thought leads to an epic Christmas quest. This is the perfect Christmas present for Winnie and Wilbur fans who are ready to move on to a longer story.
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Activity: Festive gingerbread recipe [PDF]

Anne Booth, Rosie Butcher
When Maya receives a special colouring book, she is transported to a beautiful realm filled with magnificent birds and their fairy friends. But the Kingdom is in trouble – wicked Lord Astor has frozen the Diamond Lake. Can Maya break the enchantment and save the day?
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Activity: Make a bird snack skewer [PDF]

Anne Booth
Lucy's made friends with a little kitten called Star, but when they get lost in a snowstorm Lucy's magic snow globe is their only hope. Close your eyes and wish for a Christmas miracle!
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Activity: Search the maze for Little Star [PDF]

Michael Morpurgo
From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever. An enchanting selection of classic myths and legends, chosen by the UK's best-loved storyteller.
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Alan Snow
A wonderfully original and stunningly illustrated picture book. The story of one young crow's wish to be the fastest bird on earth – with incredibly detailed artwork, and real engineering facts – this is a fantastic introduction to how cars work, perfect for any budding young engineer.
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Michael Morpurgo
From tiny heroes and talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are here. A treasure trove of magical delights, chosen by the UK's best-loved storyteller.
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Activity: Create your own magical character [PDF]

Anne Booth, Sophy Williams
A baby donkey is a wonderful Christmas surprise for Lucy and her friends and family. But will it also bring them the good fortune they need to save the harvest mice and bring them back to the nearby fields? A heart-warming story that is perfect for Christmas.
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Activity: Make Lucy's Christmas decorations [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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Also available: 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]

Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child
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. In this hardback gift edition, 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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Activity: Pippi's party games [PDF]
Also available: Paperback Gift Edition
Also available: Small Gift Edition

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