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New Bright Books for Winter

last updated 22 October 2019

Winter Children's Books

The weather is turning and Christmas is on the horizon! Unbelievably, 2019 is winding down, but we’ve still got lots of new books to look forward to before the end of the year.

There’s a strong focus on the environment in both non-fiction and fiction, with Aaron Cushley’s Poems for a Blue Green Planet, Our Planet illustrated by Richard Jones with an introduction by Sir David Attenborough, and Zoe Persico’s Greta and the Giants.

Meanwhile, Christmas has come early: bestseller Jarvis returns with a special gift edition of Pick A Pine Tree; the talented Fiona Woodcock partners with author Abi Elphinstone to bring us The Snow Dragon; and two bestselling series return with The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle and Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Christmas illustrated by Chris Chatterton.

The wintery offerings also include festive dinosaurs, yuletide unicorns, a flock of magical sheep, and a surprisingly soft monster in Kirsti Beautyman’s debut picture book The Mist Monster.


Winter books

The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Katy Flint // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Strange but True: 10 of the world’s greatest mysteries explained, illustrated by Gordy Wright, written by Kathryn Hulick // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Christmas, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, written by Rhiannon Fielding // Ladybird

Winter books

Oh, Christmas Tree!, by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet // Macmillan Children’s Books

Choose Sloths, illustrated by Matt Hunt, written by Charlie Green // Ladybird

How About A Night Out?, illustrated by Matt Hunt, written by Sam Williams // Boxer Books

Santa’s New Beard, illustrated by Jess Pauwels, written by Caroline Crowe // Faber & Faber

Winter Books

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland, written by Carys Bexington, illustrated by Kate Hindley // Macmillan Children’s Books

Dear Santasaur, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, written by Chae Strathie // Scholastic

Floodworld, illustrated by Manuel Sumberac, written by Tom Huddleston // Nosy Crow

Poems for a Blue Green Planet, illustrated by Aaron Cushley, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz // Hachette

Winter Books

The Big Book of Dead Things, illustrated by Binny Talib, written by Ned Hartley // Ladybird

Dog Diaries: Curse of the Mystery Mutt, illustrated by Richard Watson, written by Steven Butler & James Patterson // Penguin Random House

The Great Brain Robbery, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, written by P.G. Bell // Usborne

A Sea of Stories, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly, written by Sylvia Bishop // Stripes Books

Winter Books

The Mist Monster, by Kirsti Beautyman // Alison Green Books

Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes, illustrated by Richard Jones & Hannah Peck, written by Mike Unwin // Puffin

The Twelve Unicorns of Christmas, illustrated by Ada Grey, written by Timothy Knapman // Egmont

The Snow Dragon, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock, written by Abi Elphinstone // Simon & Schuster

Winter Books

Our Planet, illustrated by Richard Jones, foreward by David Attenborough // HarperCollins Children’s Books

Prisoners of Geography, illustrated by Grace Easton & Jessica Smith, written by Tim Marshall // Simon & Schuster

The Impossible Boy, illustrated by George Ermos, written by Ben Brooks // Quercus


winter books

Pick A Pine Tree, (gift edition), illustrated by Jarvis, written by Patricia Toht // Walker Books

Warrior Monkeys and the Deadly Trap, illustrated by Steve Brown, written by M.C. Stevens // Oxford University Press

Granny Magic, illustrated by Teemu Juhani, written by Elka Evalds // Chicken House

The Worrysaurus, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, written by Rachel Bright // Orchard Books

Greta and the Giants, illustrated by Zoe Persico, written by Zoe Tucker // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

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