Best new books for 4-7 year-olds
Whether you're after the perfect book for a bedtime snuggle, or something simple but engaging for an independent reader, there's something for everyone in our selection of the best new releases for 4-7 year-olds this Christmas.
Earlier in the year, we asked Mumsnetters and Gransnetters to get their creative hats on and write an animal story for our new children's anthology. The result features 10 original stories selected by a panel chaired by former Children's Laureate Anthony Brown, each beautifully illustrated by an up-and-coming artist. A captivating book perfect for bedtime reading.
The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak
This innovative, wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning actor, author, standup and screenwriter B.J. Novak looks set to become the must-have book for Christmas 2014. Unsurprisingly, it consists entirely of words, in different fonts, colours and sizes. Guaranteed to turn even the most reserved parental reader into a comedian. Penguin has 15 copies for review by Mumsnetters.
- Find out more and watch the video of B.J. Novak reading the book
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A Year of Stories - Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes fans will love this beautiful treasury filled with tales and poems for every month of the year. Bringing together some of her best known work from across the decades, this book delivers plenty of inspiration for hours of creative fun and joy - a collection to be passed on to future generations.
The Owl and the Pussycat - Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson revisits Edward Lear's beloved rhyme in this wonderful new story, set in a nonsensical land full of adventure. Enchantingly lyrical, this version is accompanied by Charlotte Voake's beautiful Lear-esque watercolours. When Julia joined us for a webchat last year, she said: "I'm such a devotee of Lear; I felt this was my way of saying a big thank you."
It's Snow Day - Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb
Remember those magical childhood days when you discover it's snowed in the night, and school has been cancelled? Richard Curtis' second book for children tells the story of Danny, a young boy who goes into school on a wintry morning to find the building deserted - except for his least favourite teacher. Snow Day deals with loneliness, acceptance and friendship, and is the perfect picture book for a cold winter's night.
Paddington - Michael Bond
Given the imminent release of the hotly anticipated Paddington film, Michael Bond's classic stories are the perfect gift this Christmas. In this volume, six of his best-loved picture books are brought together, enabling an entirely new generation to fall in love with the hapless bear from darkest Peru.
Bears Don't Read - Emma Chichester Clark
Blue Kangaroo creator Emma Chichester Clark is a firm favourite with Mumsnetters, and Bears Don't Read will not disappoint. This is the story of George, the bear who is desperate to learn to read, and Clementine, a feisty, brave little girl who takes it upon herself to become his teacher. A feel-good story of determination and friendship that's sure to encourage a lifelong love of books.
The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit - Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson returns to tell the story of (in her own words) "a thrill-seeking rabbit who enjoys sailing close to the wind". In this adventure, Peter and Benjamin are warned to avoid the fair, which naturally makes it all the more appealing to the bunnies, who sneak in. Once again, Thompson's text and Eleanor Taylor's stunning illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of Beatrix Potter's original books.
Now in paperback, this book features 10 stories chosen by Michael Rosen from our first story-writing competition, which had more than 400 entries from Mumsnetters and Gransnetters. Each tale is illustrated by a new artist; the result is a diverse mix of great stories brought together in a beautiful, timeless anthology. One to cuddle up with.
The World of Moose: Fill Me In - Moose Allain
A brilliant, inventive, fill-me-in journal, packed with ideas and complex illustrations to get creative juices flowing, from artist and architect Moose Allaine. Complete your own city, fill it with people, compose lyrics and graffiti a wall. This is the ultimate rainy-day book, sure to keep children of all ages busy for hours.
The First Hippo on the Moon - David Walliams
Much-loved comedian David Walliams first turned his hand to children's fiction back in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. In his second picture book, The First Hippo on The Moon, he again teams up with artist Tony Ross to tell the tale of Sheila, the humble hippo who harbours big dreams of space adventure. Filled with warmth and humour, Walliams' book is a masterclass in keeping kids entertained for hours.
Gus and Me - Keith Richards
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' first children's book is about his grandfather, Gus, who played in a jazz big band and first introduced the young Keith to music. Gus and Me offers a nostalgic look back at a happy childhood, with illustrations by Richards' daughter, Theodora. It includes a CD with a reading of the story and a spoken introduction, plus additional guitar music, from Keith.
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