I want to start by recommending some books are that are really beautiful for younger readers and also some fabulous and gorgeous classics that have been re-issued for older readers.

Firstly for the younger ones

Dot . by Randi Zuckerberg illustrated by Joe Berger published by Corgi.


This is a lovely picture book to remind kids that there is more to life than technology and that we also need to time to play. Age 3 upwards

Journey by Aaron Becker published by Walker Books

Journey explores this idea of recharging our batteries and using our imaginations in greater depth, it is a wordless book full of enchanting images. Check out the the video (see link below) for a small taste, Becker is a stunning visual artist and Journey will transport book lovers young and old. Age 4 and upwards.


Oscar Wilde Stories for Children illustrated by Charles Robinson published by O’Brien Press


Three classic Oscar Wilde fairytales The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Selfish Giant. This is a stunning reproduction of the original illustrations by Charles Robinson first published in 1913. A perfect Christmas Present for young readers and a wonderful addition to any collection. Ages 5 and upwards.

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary by Marcia Williams published by Walker Books


Inspired by Pride and Prejudice and released to coinincide with this year’s 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s fabulous and timeless classic, this is a gorgeous little gift idea perfect for Janeites but also a wonderful introduction for younger readers. With fold out letters, drawings, pressed flowers and ribbons this will transport readers back to the era of Darcy and Elizabeth. Perfect for ages 8 to adult.

Amy Green Wedding Belles published by Walker Books

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This is not a picture book but I want to mention it here because not only is it gorgeous and an ideal gift for girls it is sadly the final book in the Amy Green series. Don’t despair however as author Sarah Webb is working furiously away on a brand new series for young readers. In the meantime though there are six books in the Amy Green series and in this one Amy’s mum Sylvie and stepdad Dave finally tie the knot but Amy’s own love life is not looking quite so rosy. Laugh out loud funny this is a fab series for ages 8 and upwards.

Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery published by Virago


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This is a fantastic series from the author of Anne of Green Gables which have been difficult to track down in recent years; I do have some shoddy paperback copies but these gorgeous re-issued editions will, I hope tempt some readers who have yet to discover the series and older readers like me who just want to own them. I do however have the excuse that I can give them to my daughter Emily as they will make an ideal gift for girls aged 10 and upwards.