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The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

There’s still lots of time to buy some brilliant books for Christmas this year, so we’ve put the Egmont elves on a mission to find the best books about families.

For lots of us, Christmas is about cosying up with family members, playing with presents under the tree, and spending time with our loved ones. With that in mind, we asked our publishing teams to recommend some of their favourite books about families – from fun trips to bonding with new family members – to help with Christmas gift ideas.

family books for christmas

Are We There Yet?

Lindsey Heaven, Editorial Director, recommends Are We There Yet? by Enid Blyton. ‘Christmas is the time to spend with family and whether that be in front of the telly with a box of quality streets, arguing over the purple one, or having wonderful adventures in a vintage caravan as Mike, Belinda and Ann do with their mum and dad in Enid Blyton’s Are We There Yet? then this is the book to read about doing just that. Unwrap and enjoy six wonderful fun family adventures in one bumper edition.’

The Stepmonster

The Stepmonster by Joanna Nadin (Reading Ladder) is a top pick from Lydia Silver, Editorial Assistant. Lydia says ‘Everyone loves a fairy tale at Christmas, but they can give you some strange ideas about stepmothers! In this sweet, funny story, Tom discovers that he’s going to get a stepmother . . . or is she a stepmonster? This is a great gift for any child experiencing big changes in their life, and as part of our Reading Ladder scheme, it’s also a book that younger children can read themselves.’

The IT Girl: Superstar Geek

The It Girl: Superstar Geek by Katy Birchall is another recommendation from Lindsey Heaven, Editorial Director. ‘Families come in all glorious shapes and sizes and Superstar Geek by Katy Birchall is the funniest feel-good celebration of that that I’ve ever read. Take an absent-minded dad, throw in the most famous actress on the planet and soon-to-be-stepmother, add a dash of an insanely sophisticated model sister-in-law-to-be, stir in an eccentrically cheerful mum and finally sprinkle with a wilful Labrador that likes doing the lift from the Lion King and you have the recipe for a hilarious, warm and romantic read. Perfect for all Christmas lunched-out tweens and teens.’

The SACCONEJOLYs and the Great Cat-Nap

The SACCONEJOLYs and the Great Cat-Nap, written by the SacconeJoly’s and illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa, is the perfect family book recommended by Louise Grosart, Senior Commissioning Editor. ‘Inspired by the real-life SACCONEJOLY family, this children’s picture book is packed full of fun, adventure and mischief.’

School for Dads

Louise Grosart, Senior Commissioning Editor, also recommends School for Dads by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Ada Grey. ‘A funny, rhyming school story about a little girl who sends her dad, and the dads from the rest of her class, to a School for Dads!’

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl who was Afraid of the DarkThe Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson, illustrated by Paul Howard, is a top choice for families at Christmas from Becky Brown, Editorial Assistant.

Becky says it’s ‘a gorgeously illustrated picture book classic about a little owl overcoming fears with a little help from his mummy. A delightful bedtime read.’

Find more books for families on the Egmont bookshelves.

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