Scotland on Sunday: Scottish Book Trust - Children's Books Guide

If Santa needs some last-minute help, the team at Scottish Book Trust has some brilliant books to put under the tree for children and teens.

Wee ones

For wee ones who are curious about the world

You’re Snug With Me, by Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry, is a gorgeous story about a bear and her cubs exploring the world together, illustrated beautifully. This is a perfect book to share with wee ones, as the conversations between Mama Bear and her cubs mimic the questions little cubs might ask about the world.

A Great Big Cuddle

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For young environmentalists

It's Up to Us, by Christopher Lloyd, will inspire and empower little ones to be the change they want to see. With gorgeous illustrations by artists from around the world, each page is full of rich detail and shows both how the world is now, and how it could be if we work together.

For poems and rhymes to share

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Julia and the Shark

This essential collection of poems and rhymes for babies and young children, A Great Big Cuddle, is the perfect book to share with your child. Accompanied by Chris Riddell’s hilarious and engaging illustrations, Michael Rosen’s poems are a delight to read.

Young readers

For budding bakers and chefs

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Perfect for young foodies, Feast Your Eyes on Food, by Laura Gladwin and Zoe Barker, introduces a range of exciting dishes from around the world. Filled with interesting facts, new foods and things to try, this book is ideal for sharing over the festive season.

For children who love magic

When Amari embarks on a search to find her missing brother in BB Alston's Amari and the Night Brothers, she discovers a hidden world filled with magic and mystery. Deciding who to trust, whilst navigating a whole new world, is made no easier by the discovery of hidden talents.

For a heart-warming winter read

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Perfect for reading together, A Night at the Frost Fair, by Emma Carroll and Sam Usher, is the ideal Christmas read. After receiving an unusual gift from her grandma, Maya finds herself transported back to Georgian London in the midst of the Frost Fair. Capturing the true spirit of Christmas and the importance of kindness, A Night at the Frost Fair is a spellbinding winter read.

Older readers

For those after a moving read

Julia and the Shark, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, is a tender story, set among the wild beauty of Shetland. Julia's mum is looking for the Greenland shark, but Julia worries her obsession is veering into unhealthy territory. With themes of mental health and the environment, the story is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Tom De Freston.

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For fantasy and magic fans

For young adult readers who love magic and fantasy, Spin the Dawn, by Elizabeth Lim, is a treat. Maia Tamarin takes her father's place and fights for the opportunity to become royal tailor at the Summer Palace. Assisted by her magical scissors and the mysterious court enchanter, Maia embarks on a breath-taking journey that leaves the reader desperate for more.

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