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Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Ages 6-8

Please visit our Book Bulletin 2019 crowdfunding project at CrowdPatch to buy recommendations for our Winter 2019 catalogue and to volunteer your skills, experience and contacts. All funds raised will support not-for-profit Jolabokaflod CIC’s forthcoming programme of events.

The Girl Who Thought She was a Dog
(World Book Day: £1 books)
Clare Balding
(UK: Puffin Books, @PuffinBooks, 2018)

Fennel and Twiglet are best friends. They do everything together, from curling up in their basket to playing fetch in the park. Twiglet understands Fennel like no one else, especially her life-long dream of winning Crufts.

There’s just one problem: Fennel isn’t a dog. And a girl can’t win a competition for dogs, no matter how much she acts like one.

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
CanadaFindaBookstore.ca (independents) | Amazon | Indigo (ebook)
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | AmazonGoodreads
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | AmazonDubray
Australia: Bookshops.com.au (independents) | AmazonDymocks (ebook)
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks (ebook) | Paper Plus (ebook)
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the worldWordery

Recommended by:
Mary-Louise Hussey, Author, Designer and Illustrator | Professional website: Alphabetville

Mary-Louise is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator of children’s books and name paintings. Originally painting illustrated name pictures for friends and family, high demand led to Mary-Louise developing a personalised mail-order business with worldwide exposure for her designs. Via her Alphabetville website, she introduces visitors to characters in her self-published books, The Animals at Work in Alphabetville and Albert’s Birthday Surprise in Alphabetville

A Bear Called Paddington
(Paddington Bear: book 1)
Michael Bond
(UK: HarperCollins Children’s Books, @HarperCollinsCh, 2018; USA; HarperCollins, @HarperCollins, 2016)

‘A bear on Paddington Station?’ said Mrs Brown in amazement. ‘Don’t be silly – there can’t be.’

Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

Paddington is now a major movie star!

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
CanadaFindaBookstore.ca (independents) | Amazon | Indigo
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | GoodreadsInfibeam | SapnaOnline
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Dubray | Eason | Kennys
Australia: Bookshops.com.au (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks | QBD Books
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks | Paper Plus | Whitcoulls
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the world: Book DepositoryWordery

Recommended by:
Melanie Kane, Author and Director, Edinburgh Hideaways | Author article: NE Connected; Professional website: Edinburgh Hideaways

Edinburgh Hideaways is owned by former lawyer turned property developer and keen traveller, Melanie Kane, who has lived in Edinburgh for over 25 years. This self-catering holiday lettings company offers a diverse range of luxury properties within Edinburgh city centre to suit everyone from romantic couples and to families. Each property is influenced by an interior designer to gives each residence a personal feel. As an aspiring author, Melanie was mentored by family friend, the late children’s author, Michael Bond, who offered her positive feedback and advice regarding her as-yet unpublished book, Belinda Gizzable, about the adventures of Molly, a 10-year-old girl, and her magical soft toy, Belinda.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton
(UK: Puffin Books, @PuffinBooks, 2016; USA; Disney Books, @DisneyBooks, 2013)

Jack Skellington is the most important figure in Halloweenland and for years he has delighted in organising macabre tricks and frights for Halloween. But this year he doesn’t feel right – there must be more to life than scaring people? Then Jack stumbles upon a cheerful, colourful place called Christmas Town and he knows what he must do – he will bring Christmas to Halloween!

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
CanadaFindaBookstore.ca (independents) | Amazon | Indigo
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | GoodreadsSapnaOnline
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | AmazonEason | Kennys
Australia: Bookshops.com.au (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks | QBD Books
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks | Paper Plus | Whitcoulls
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the world: Book DepositoryWordery

Recommended by:
Sanne Vliegenthart, Freelance Digital Producer | Consultancy: Booksandquills;  YouTube channel: Booksandquills

Sanne runs Booksandquills – a freelance consultancy to manage her skills as a digital producer, public speaker and YouTuber vlogger – having worked as an Audience Manager at Penguin Random House UK. She offers many different ways to work collaboratively on digital projects via her Booksandquills social channels. Sanne specialises in young adult and twenty-something audiences, sustainable lifestyle, books, culture and travel. She excels at creating authentic influencer campaigns, engaging digital content and host events that connect with audiences: here are the freelances services she offers to clients.

The Great Big Surprise
Eva Leaf and Jess Leaf
(UK: Sarah Grace Publishing, @malcolmdown, 2018)

Tessie asks a question, ‘Dad, who made the earth?’ Her dad opens a Bible. He tells about how the world began, and about a Great Big Surprise. But Tessie’s dad doesn’t explain what the surprise is. Tessie must find out for herself.

Children aged 3-6 may grapple with the idea of an invisible God in their visible world. This book builds a bridge between them and God.

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
CanadaFindaBookstore.ca (independents) | Amazon | Indigo
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | Goodreads
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | Amazon
Australia: Bookshops.com.au (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books

Recommended by:
Malcolm Down, Director, Malcolm Down Publishing

Malcolm Down Publishing was formed in 2015 by Malcolm Down and Sarah Grace. They are an independent publishing company and home of the children’s imprint Sarah Grace Publishing. Malcolm Down publishes a variety of genres mainly, but not exclusively, from authors with a Christian background. The company also provides a range of author services to enable unpublished writers to bring their books to the same markets served through Malcolm Down Publishing’s traditional business.

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