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The Waterstones Round Up: November & December's Best Children's Books

Posted on 31st October 2021 by Mark Skinner

The festive season is creeping ever closer and it's time to start thinking about what literary delights the kids are going to discover under the tree on Christmas morning. Whether it's a breathtaking gift book, wintry fiction or a picture book about an adventurous sausage roll, we've got you covered. So check out our guide to the very best children's books publishing in November and December.

 
 
 
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Walliams and Ross return with the sequel to one of their most popular books, as a spate of jewel heists bearing the unmistakable mark of the infamous Black Cat gets Ben wondering whether his granny could possibly be responsible.
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From the beloved author of Our Castle by the Sea comes a mesmerising story about six sisters living with their frightening father on a remote farm and what happens when a circus brings an enigmatic puppeteer to town.

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Delving deep in the fantastical and uncanny realms of British folklore, the author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month The Midnight Guardians delivers an entrancing story of faeries, changelings and heart-stopping adventure.
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The author of The Night I Met Father Christmas delivers another magical festive adventure as an apprentice elf is forced to clear his name after presents start disappearing from Santa's workshop.
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Beautifully crafted with characters so real they leap off the page, Nicholls’s period novel about forbidden love and the cruelty of tradition is destined to become a true festive favourite.
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A mesmerising follow-up to One For Sorrow, Two for Joy entangles Audrey and Ivy in another sinister mystery involving the esoteric Magpie Society and further disturbing secrets behind the respectable façade of their boarding school.
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A must for Garth Nix fans, his long-awaited return to The Old Kingdom series is a typically adventure-packed and darkly comic journey that follows Sabriel’s parents in a dangerous battle against forces from the other side of death.
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The queen of the YA thriller and author of One of Us Is Lying delivers another gripping, deadly mystery filled with sharply-drawn characters and countless plot twists, as a trio of friends skips class one day only to find themselves in the middle of a murder scene.
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The rip-roaring, side-splitting sci-fi adventure cycle from bestselling authors Kaufman and Kristoff concludes in typically irresistible style as the assorted misfits of Squad 312 face their deadliest foe yet in a battle to save the galaxy.

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Bringing together the stunning world building, romance and fairy tale enchantment you’d expect from the bestselling author of Heartless, this reworking of the Rumpelstiltskin fable curses a miller’s daughter with the gift of a golden tongue and plunges her into the dark centre of the Erlking’s dangerous court.

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The third instalment in Lee’s bestselling Montague Siblings series, The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks follows Adrian as he discovers a mysterious spyglass – and two older siblings he never knew existed.
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Inspired by West African mythology, Bowen’s mesmerising tale revolves around a mermaid forced to undergo a perilous quest after interfering with the natural order by saving a child thrown overboard from a slave ship.
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The sequel to the bestselling What If It’s Us is a similarly romantic and feelgood read that finds Ben and Arthur crossing paths once more as Arthur arrives on Broadway for a dream internship.
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This richly imagined fantasy debut steeped in magic, intrigue and romance sees a lost heir cross paths with a girl with supernatural abilities – a meeting which leads them both into a momentous adventure.
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Completing Brown’s tantalising fantasy duology, this powerful sequel to the bestselling A Song of Wraiths and Ruin ignites ancient West African folk tales of injustice, magic and romance with fresh fire and unputdownable narrative drive.
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The bestselling fantasy series Shatter Me reaches its epic conclusion in this intense, evocative final instalment that sees Juliette and Warner, engaged and finally about to start their life together, once more tested by the world that seems destined to tear them apart.
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From the Christmas hit factory that is LadBaby comes a fast-paced, hilarious festive adventure as everybody's favourite savoury snack goes on a whirlwind caper with Santa.

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Filled with all of Michael Rosen’s trademark humour and humanity, this moving and inspirational picture book details the author’s recovery from coronavirus and is a wonderful testament to perseverance, compassion and kindness.
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Celebrate 10 years of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful worm with this special foiled anniversary edition to treasure forever.
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Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers deliver an enchanting festive spin on their beloved Crayons picture books as Green decides that he is the only truly Christmassy colour in the box – to the consternation of his other crayon chums.
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The moving yet uplifting book based on the hit Netflix film, Robin Robin tells the story of a bird adopted by a family of mice who sets out on a brave quest to discover who she really is.
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With echoes of The Snow Queen, Frindleswylde is a magical wintry fable about a mysterious lantern-stealing boy and a quest that leads to an enchanted frozen kingdom, exquisitely told in words and pictures by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara.
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An award-winning poet and acclaimed illustrator combine to sensitively retell Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s timeless children’s classic in clear, elegant text adorned with sumptuously crafted artwork. Please - draw me a sheep. I blinked. The voice belonged to a charming little prince.
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The heartwarming true story of schoolboy Adam King's 'virtual hug' that he wore during the pandemic to keep him connected to his teacher becomes a colourful and inspiring picture book in the words of his father, David, and Rhiannon Archard's illustrations.
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From the author of Madame Badobedah comes the equally charming tale of an eagerly anticipated sleepover and the catalogue of disasters that threaten to turn Gracie, Ramona and Ramona’s little sister against each other.
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In this heartwarming tale of a boy who wants to tell stories but struggles with words, the bestselling creators of Ada Twist, Scientist deliver a delightful message about the might of art and the importance of finding your unique way of expressing yourself.
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Peter Rabbit must remember where he’s hidden his little sister’s presents in this delightful lift-the-flap tale, perfect for getting everyone into the festive spirit.
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Mozart’s seminal opera is given the Story Orchestra treatment in this stunningly illustrated interactive volume with buttons to press that bring the majesty of the music to life.
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A heart-warming historical story about a frost-filled Christmas, Emma Carroll’s enchanting tale of a time-travelling girl’s seasonal adventures in Georgian London is stunningly complemented by Sam Usher’s intricate, evocative illustrations.
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Boasting stunning illustrations from Robin Shaw, the award-winning author’s retelling of The Snowman crafts a truly magical new story of a dream made real inspired by Raymond Briggs' classic.

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The acclaimed author of The Seeing Stone returns to the world of Arthurian legend with this enthralling retelling of the life of the folkloric king, stunningly illustrated by former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
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Boasting full-colour illustrations, this beautiful edition of David Olusoga’s essential guide to Black British history for younger readers is an accessible, informative volume that shines a light on countless neglected stories and influential figures.
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Accompanied by an audio CD and adorable illustrations from Sebastien Braun, this first book of action rhymes is divided into seven delightful sections full of beloved classics chosen by former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson.
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Exploring the endless wonders of the natural world, this gorgeous compendium tells the fascinating stories behind one hundred items from a bird’s egg to a cacao pod, celebrating the incredible detail and functionality of these artworks made by nature.
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A perfect present for young animal lovers, this gorgeous gift edition of Barnes’ The History of the World in 100 Animals adapted for younger readers comes complete with gorgeous imagery by the award-winning illustrator of the former Waterstones Children’s Gift of the Year I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree.
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Suffusing science with a touch of magic, this enchanting story of a girl who talks and listens to trees through the ages delivers an important environmental message and reflects the magnificent and vital role of trees in our lives.
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An indispensable guide for middle grade readers to navigating the jungle of misinformation and fake news so prevalent in modern media, presented with wit and plenty of interactive activities.
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The life of the ground-breaking physicist retold for young readers through clear, concise text and vibrant illustrations in this excellent addition to the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series.
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The comic-drawing felines and their troublesome baby frog charges return in the second instalment of the madcap children's graphic novel series from the bestselling author and illustrator of Dog Man.
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