The Ninth Toy of Christmas – Books

On the ninth day of Christmas Santa gave to me…

Nine children’s books

Eight stocking fillers

Seven kids craft kits

Six tricky puzzles

Five science kits

Four drawing books

Three magic sets

Two puppet shows

And a train set under the tree!


Books are a fantastic present at any time of year, and Christmas is no exception!  So take a look at these lovely books and see which ones will suit your children – hopefully you’ll find some that you haven’t seen before.


My Secret Fairy Garden

by Maggie Bateson and Louise Comfort


This is a fabulous book that is a toy as well as a book!  It’s a pop-up book but has fairy characters that you push out, then fold the book out into a complete circle and let the kids play in the 3D card houses that are revealed.  It’s beautifully drawn and can give children hours of play.


iSolar System: An Augmented Reality Book

by Carlton Books

Interesting book for older kids.  You get a hardback book with plenty of planetary and space facts, but what makes this special is if you get the app.  Then you can get visual moving representations of planets and space ships!  There are about 11 of these in the book which are really quite impressive!  There are some other books in this series, on topics such as dinosaurs and storms.



Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

OK so from the high tech to a classic – Little Women.  The story of the girls of the March family and set in America during the civil war, this book is a classic for a reason and has been enjoyed by generations of children – so why not give it a try for your kids?



Jayne Eyre and The Wind in the Willows

Whilst we’re on the subject of classics how about a children’s version of Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ? Or the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame?



Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker

by James Mayhew

Now for something a little bit Christmassy!  These are lovely books for younger kids about a little girl going to her ballet class and having adventures there.  This one tells the story of the Nutcracker ballet – a Christmas favourite!



A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Or for older children a kids version of A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of Scrooge!  This version is suitable for about 7 years up to read to themselves.


The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems

by June Crebbin

Something a little different now – poetry for kids!  This lovely book has longer and shorter poems, plus lots of illustrations to keep kids interested.  Suitable from about 5 years old.



Horrible Histories: 25th Anniversary Yearbook

by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

Finally, a yearbook from Horrible Histories (a great TV series which makes history interesting and funny for kids). Full of unusual (often gory) facts, games and puzzles! (suitable for older kids)


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