Christmas Lit Gifts 2017: Whimsical and inspiring tales for young readers

Children’s books that entertain and inspire wonder and awe – that’s what we have in our handpicked selection. Adults, too, will find pleasure in these delightful stories.

Here We Are – Notes For Living On Planet Earth
By Oliver Jeffers
Named one of TIME’s Best Book of the Year for 2017, this delightful picture book by Oliver Jeffers offers a rare, personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child – and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home. Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humour and poignancy, here is Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Jeffers’ signature wit and humour combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for children and parents alike. (Hardcover, RM78)

The Fog
By Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Kenard Pak
From a dynamic author-illustrator duo comes this clever environmental and whimsical fable about a bird who is a human-watcher. Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But on a warm day, a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view. The rest of the birds don’t seem to notice the fog or the other changes Warble observes on the island. The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads. When a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) appears, Warble discovers that he’s not the only one who notices the fog. Will they be able to find others who can see it too? And is the fog here to stay? Kyo Maclear’s witty story, brought to life with the delicate, misty artwork of Kenard Pak, is a poignant yet humorous reminder of the importance of environmental awareness. (Hardcover, RM79.95)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
By Rachel Ignotofsky
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, this bestseller highlights the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. (Hardcover, RM84.90)

Little People, Big Dreams
By Isabel Sanchez Vegara
The Little People, Big Dreams series spotlights the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream: author Agatha Christie, aviator Amelia Earhart, actress Audrey Hepburn, fashion designer Coco Chanel, artist Frida Kahlo, and scientist Marie Curie. These mini biographies come with extra facts about the person’s life at the back. (Hardcover, RM44.50 each)

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