I use to buy DK books for my children over 35 years ago. You could always rely that they were beautifully created and illustrated. It’s not surprising that DK books are award-winning and best-sellers. The children’s books appeal to kids of all ages. Their factual kids’ books are inspiring and encourage children be curious.
The DK Christmas Gift Guide 2021 Children’s Titles Explore the oceans, say hello to the moon, and meet fire-breathing dragons this Christmas time with stunning DK books that make the perfect gift for children.
Nature’s Treasures by Ben Hoare 4 November 2021, £20.00, (Age 7+)
Dive into this collection of more than 100 intriguing items from the natural world and discover the stories behind them. Written by the award-winning journalist Ben Hoare, examine a whale’s bristly teeth and learn how they eat tiny animals, why butterflies shine and glitter in the sunlight from seeing their miniature wing scales and what makes every snowflake unique from admiring their tiny, branching crystals of ice. Ben Hoare’s lively descriptions explore the remarkable tales behind each item making this book a must for children interested in the natural world.
Move like A Lion by Radzi Chinyanganya Out Now, £5.99, (Age 5-7)
Get up off the sofa and start moving with former Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, in his first children book. Learn to walk like a crab, swing like a monkey, and slide like a penguin in this book from the Winter Olympics presenter that helps children have fun and get active, all the while and learning about favourite animals. Simple exercises show children different activities they can easily do, any time and any place, with no extra equipment required! All of the moves are modelled on the natural movements of the animals and can be easily integrated into the day, with an exercise to do when you wake up, suggestions for ones to do during the day, and a relaxing exercise to help children settle down for bedtime.
Bear and Bird: Learn to Share by Jonny Lambert 7 October 2021, £7.99, (Ages 0-3)
Journey through the forest with Bear and Bird, and introduce your toddlers to the idea of friendship and sharing with others. Meet Bear and his best friend Bird. It is beginning to snow, which means it is almost time to hibernate. So Bear, Bird, and their friends must set out to collect food to get them through the winter. But Bear is really hungry and wants all the food to himself. Is there enough food for everyone? With stunning illustrations by renowned artist Jonny Lambert, and an enchanting story, this picture book is perfect for adults and toddlers to share together.
Myths and Legends To Help Any Child Dream Dragon World by Tamara Macfarlane Out Now, £9.99, (Age 7-9)
Meet the fire-breathing beasts of mythology in this beautifully illustrated book brimming with scaled behemoths. This beautiful book gift is filled with waiting dragons, as they take many forms – Gods to be revered, evil kings to be feared, wise friends and fierce foes. Come in and explore Dragon World. Look into their wonderfully illustrated lairs while they make shape-shifting mischief, playing with the weather and protecting earthly treasures. Soar across continents into tales as old as time. Prowl through the pages to discover rare dragon species.
Norse Mythology by Matt Ralphs Out Now, £16.99, (Age 7-9)
Exciting stories, extraordinary creatures, and compelling gods, goddesses, and heroes come together in this compendium of Norse myths. Read about Thor, the god of thunder and how he once disguised himself as a bride to seek revenge on a giant and retrieve his powerful hammer -Mjölnir, and how Sif, the goddess of fertility had her long golden hair cut off by Loki, the trickster god. Each myth is told with thrilling immediacy, in language that is easy for children to understand, while retaining the awe, majesty and intrigue of the original tales.
Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan 2 September 2021, £20.00, (Age 7-9)
This wonderful gift for any dinosaur fan – perfect for children to explore by themselves or to read with an adult at bedtime. From Tyrannosaurus and sabre-toothed cats, to ferns and woolly mammoths, every page will captivate young readers as they travel through the history of the Earth. Go on a time-travelling adventure and marvel at the plants and animals from the Earth’s primeval past in this stunning book about dinosaurs and prehistoric life.
The Night The Moon Went Missing by Brendan Kearney 4 November 2021, £6.99, (Ages 3-5)
Space can be lonely, so Moon likes to watch people down on Earth. There’s just one problem; when Sun is out, everybody on Earth is happy to see him, but when Moon is out, everyone goes to sleep. This makes Moon upset. What Moon doesn’t know is that little Lucy loves to look up at Moon, and one clear night she sees that Moon has disappeared. With colourful illustrations and an engaging storyline, this book will inspire and captivate young readers with its timely and ultimately uplifting message about how valuable everyone is and how much we mean to the people around us. A perfect bedtime story and addition to every child’s bookshelf.
The Rainforest Book by Charlotte Milner Out Now, £12.99, (Age 5-9)
Embark on a journey through the enchanting world of the rainforest in Charlotte Milner’s beautifully illustrated The Rainforest Book. Sweep aside the liana vines, hop over the giant roots of the kapok tree, and follow the sound of the howler monkey as you venture into the tropical rainforest. In this beautiful book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight the important ecological issues faced by our planet, following on from The Bee Book, The Sea Book, and The Bat Book. This celebration of the rainforest shows children just how important it is, and reminds them that it is up to us to care for our planet and its wildlife.
My Encyclopaedia of Very Important Oceans 2 September 2021, £14.99, (Age 5-9)
This exciting introduction to oceans is brimming with curious creatures, beautiful homes, and incredible adventures. Dive in and explore forgotten shipwrecks, swim with fabulous fish and other awesome underwater animals, and weave your way through secret deep-sea homes. You’ll travel back in time to meet plundering pirates, scientists, and explorers who changed the course of history. Then it’s time to learn about lots of very important underwater jobs and how you can help to protect Earth’s precious oceans. Packed with fun facts and colourful illustrations, My Encyclopaedia of Very Important Oceans is the perfect gift for any child interested in the sea and wanting to know more about underwater life.
Earth’s Incredible Oceans by Jess French Out Now, £14.99, (Age 7-9)
Join animal expert Jess French as she takes readers on an adventure of ocean life and the animals that live in them. Swim with jellyfish, wonder at the busy life of a seagrass meadow, and fence with narwhals. Fish, sharks, whales, and invertebrates swim through the pages of this colourful book, gorgeous drawings by illustrator Claire McElfatrick are combined with photos to help young enthusiasts learn all about the world’s oceans. From glowing jellyfish to deep sea dwellers, children will discover the incredible secret world of life under the sea and how they can help take care of it.
Books for Little Ones
Casper and Daisy’s Big Day at the Park by Ryan Dykta out Now, £6.99, (Ages 3-5)
Follow the dynamic doggy duo – chatty collie Casper and his loyal friend Daisy as they head off to the park and learn all about the power of kindness and friendship. An eventful trip to the park leads to fun and frolics with a mysterious alphabet ball. Packed with stunning illustrations and a heart-warming rhyming story. Whether you want a memorable picture book to share again and again or a sweet story for sleepy bedtimes, Casper and Daisy’s Big Day at the Park is the perfect choice.
Pop-Up Peekaboo Dragon 7 October 2021, £6.99, (Ages 0-5)
Join Flash the dragon as he makes friends and discovers what his new friends can do. Babies and toddlers can lift big flaps and see five peekaboo surprises pop up from the pages. Find Daisy the dragon picking flowers for her friend, Dougie the magic dragon granting wishes in the waterfall, Deva the dancing dragon swishing his tail and wiggling his wings, and Dash the speedy dragon zooming over Dragon Kingdom. But what is Dougie’s special talent? Lift the flaps to find out! Ideal for interactive preschool play, Pop-up Peekaboo! Dragon will appeal to both parents and children and is certain to keep little ones entertained time and time again!
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts at Christmas 9 September 2021, £12.00, (Ages 7-9)
Explore the magic of Christmas at Hogwarts! Features Harry Potter minifigure in Yule Ball robes. Enter the festive world of LEGO® Harry Potter™ and visit Hogwarts for a spellbinding Christmas. Celebrate the season with your favourite LEGO Harry Potter minifigures and join them for a feast in the Great Hall. Admire the castle’s Christmas decorations and get ready to hit the dance floor at the Yule Ball. Head to the Gryffindor common room to play a game of wizard chess, warm up in front of a roaring log fire, and join Harry as he exchanges gifts with friends. Sprinkled with festive scenes and the
The Perfect Gifts For Teens
Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, And Trying Again by Shakirah Bourne Out Now, £12.99
A wonderful book for teens ready to explore how we can all be allies. This book is for everyone. As an ally, you use your power-no matter how big or small-to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers. From raw stories of racism and invisible disability to powerful moments of passing the mic, these authors share their truths.
They invite you to think about your own experiences and choices and how to be a better ally. There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Self-reflection prompts, resources, journaling ideas, and further reading suggestions help you find out what you can do. Because we’re all in this together. And we all need allies. A donation of 5% net sales in the UK will be donated to The Black Curriculum.
Make a TikTok Every Day by Dave Jorgenson Out Now, Priced £9.99
Making a TikTok video that goes viral is all about having a quirky idea that can grab attention in as little as 15 seconds. Whether you’re a TikTok beginner or a practised creator, the hardest part is often getting started. This unofficial book provides a year’s worth of ideas in the form of creative prompts to keep you posting new videos every day. There are tips and advice from the most popular creators, including the queen of Alt TikTok, Melissa Ong, wholesome TikTok family The McFarlands, and fashion favourite Jeffery Dang, who provide insight into their experience on the app and how they got started as creators.