Lit Gift Guide 2018: Books for Little Readers

Storybooks that evoke wonder and factual tomes that feed curious minds — our picks of good reads for little readers are bound to delight the young and young at heart.


Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls
With a special introduction from award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson, this gorgeous tome comprises beautifully illustrated stories of six adventurous girls from around the world who use their wits, courage and strength to overcome the odds.

Gretel and Hansel (A tale from Brothers Grimm)
Tamasha and the Troll (A tale from Zanzibar)
Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent (A tale from Japan)
Chandra and the Elephants (A tale from India)
Sea Girl and the Golden Key (A tale from China)
The Snow Queen (A tale from Hans Christian Andersen)

Perfect for bedtime, to read aloud or enjoy alone, these empowering tales show that girls can be the heroes of any story. (Hardback, RM79.95)


The Real Boat by Marina Aromshtam, illustrated by Victoria Semykina
When the paper boat learns that there is such a place as the ocean, he is determined to go there so he can be a real boat. On his journey he meets all sorts of friends, from the strong little tug boat to the glittering ocean liner. But he also learns that the real ocean is huge and deep and full of dangers. The lyrical text and illustrations of this modern fable create a world of wonder. (Hardback, RM82.90)


Poems To Live Your Life By, chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell
Selected by illustrator Chris Riddell, this beautiful anthology brings together 46 poems covering musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings by poets old and new. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough. Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork. (Hardback, RM69.90)


A World of Discovery by Richard Platt, illustrated by James Brown
This stylish book covers more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics of amazing breakthroughs past and present in science and technology that have changed our lives forever. Discover fascinating facts and figures about space travel, the human body, time, the computer and much more with James Brown’s bold, bright colours and beautiful contemporary designs. Each illustration is presented alongside an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. (Hardback, RM94.90)


Little People, Big Dreams Series
These biographical picture books profile inspiring women, from primatologist Jane Goodall and diarist Anne Frank to painter Georgia O’Keefe and jazz songstress Ella Fitzgerald. (Hardback, RM44.50 each)


The Good Guys: 50 Heroes Who Changed the World with Kindness by Rob Kemp, illustrated by Paul Blow
A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the world with kindness and compassion, The Good Guys introduces us to 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn’t require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela, Professor Green, Patrick Stewart, Oskar Schindler and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent 50 years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies. There’s even a section celebrating 10 boys who didn’t let their young age stop them from helping others, such as Matthew Kaplan, who responded to his brother’s bullies by setting up an anti-bullying programme for schools. The Good Guys celebrates the feats of heroes and everyday men, and will show kids that it really is cool to be kind. (Hardback, RM69.90)


The Human Body: A Pop-Up Guide to Anatomy by Richard Walker, illustrated by Rachel Caldwell
In this fun pop-up book, Victorian-inspired illustrations meet with medical notes and sketches to give a complete in-depth exploration of how the human body works. Peel the flaps back to reveal the inner workings of the human body, from bone and muscle, to the brain, eyes, heart, lungs and everything in-between. (Hardback, RM99.90)


Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines by Kimberlie Hamilton
Discover secrets, stories and facts about history’s most fascinating felines in this engaging collection about cats who are the heroes of their own stories. With profiles of over 30 real-life felines, including WWII heroes, courageous adventurers, a Guinness World Record holder and even an astrocat that travelled in space (and made it back to Earth to tell the tale), Rebel Cats introduces us to fur-raising facts and adventures from around the world and across the centuries. Plus tons of information on cat activism, feline myths and more! (Paperback, RM52.90)


Tails of Ae’tann: A Sunset Story Part 1, 2 & 3
Follow the adventures of Red, Olive and Ollie, three adorable puppies eagerly awaiting to be born into the World. When a silly decision leads to tragic and unintended consequences, they are drawn into a mysterious realm filled with wonder and awe, new friends and allies, but also evil, unimaginable to their young minds. (Hardback, from RM29.90 to RM39.90. Free Christmas gift pack with every purchase.)


Once Upon a World Collection by Chloe Perkins
Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairytales we all know and love. Because fairy tales are for everyone, everywhere! Take a magical tour around the world with these four fairytale board books now available together in an enchanting box set. Read along as Snow White flees her castle in Japan and meets seven mysterious dwarves and Cinderella attends a ball in Mexico and loses her glass slipper. And delight as Rapunzel escapes her tower in India and a princess in Russia proves herself with one tiny pea. (RM171.90)

The Children’s Classics Collection: 16 of the Best Children’s Stories Ever Written
This fantastic box-set brings together 16 much-loved children’s classics. The stories have been abridged and retold in modern English by respected children’s authors, making them accessible to readers as young as 6 while retaining all the charm, atmosphere, and sense of adventure that made the original tales world-famous. These dramatic, easy-to-follow stories, charmingly illustrated with verve and humour by specially commissioned artists, deserve to find a home on every child’s bookshelf. The following stories make up the box-set: Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Heidi, Little Women, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, The Call of the Wild, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, and Wind in the Willows. (RM120)

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