Christmas 2016: Best new books for kids

Perfect as stocking fillers, or wrapped up under the tree, the right book can make the joy of Christmas last well beyond the festive season. To help you choose, we've rounded up a list of our favourite new books for children and teens

Oi Dog! Kes & Claire Gray and Jim Field

£3.49, Amazon

Oi Dog! Kes & Claire Gray and Jim Field

Oi Dog! is the sequel to Kes Gray's hilarious story Oi Frog! With bright illustrations and loveable rhymes, it's set to be essential reading for toddlers.

“I LOVE the less-well-known Oi Frog! and the sequel Oi Dog! I would highly recommend them.”

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Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, Andy Stanton and Neal Layton

£12.08, Amazon

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, Andy Stanton and Neal Layton

Fans of Andy Stanton will be pleased to hear that he's been busy working on a new book for younger children. Packed with brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton, Danny McGee Drinks the Sea proves just as wacky as the Mr Gum series.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

£5.49 on Amazon

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter and, to celebrate, her classic tales have been given a fresh new look. The new, stylish jackets still hold the same treasured stories and illustrations inside.

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The Cat and the King, Nick Sharratt

£7.00, Amazon

The Cat and the King, Nick Sharratt

“The Cat and the King is a great one for children who are moving on from picture books and starting to read longer stories or chapter books.”

“My daughter is delighted with this book. I loved the gold cover and there are some nicely challenging words for a young seven-year-old too.”

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Mango and Bambang: Tiny Tapir Troubles, by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy

£8.99, Amazon

Mango and Bambang: Tiny Tapir Troubles, by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy

“The Mango and Bambang series is excellent. The expressions on Bambang's face at times are priceless.”

“A great book for early readers and suitable for someone to read to younger children.”

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The Chicken Nugget Ambush, Mark Lowery

£5.99, Amazon

The Chicken Nugget Ambush, Mark Lowery

“I've lost count of how many times we've read this book. It's great!”

“This is a great book for younger independent readers. My son found The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life hilarious, so he was keen to read the next book in the series and it certainly didn't disappoint. The little illustrations were lovely too.”

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Cogheart, Peter Bunzl

£5.24, Amazon

Cogheart, Peter Bunzl

“This fast-paced adventure has kept both my children and I gripped.”

“It's official; Cogheart is my daughter's new favourite book!”

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My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, David Solomons

£3.49, Amazon

My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, David Solomons

This hilarious sequel to My Brother is a Superhero is extremely witty and perfectly-paced. If your kids haven't discovered David Solomons yet, they're in for a real treat. Both tales pack a real punch and are an ideal gift for Wimpy Kid fans.

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Chasing the Stars, Malorie Blackman

£10.68, Amazon

Chasing the Stars, Malorie Blackman

“I’d recommend Malorie Blackman's latest, Chasing the Stars (a rewriting of Othello, but set in space. Yes – seriously.) It had me sobbing afterwards!”

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Blame, Simon Mayo

£5.99, Amazon

Blame, Simon Mayo

“My boys loved Divergent and Noughts & Crosses, and were very taken by Blame by Simon Mayo – yes, that Simon Mayo. It's a great concept, well written and pacey. More in the series are promised.”

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