Here are some of Minipreneur’s favourite children’s books from HarperCollins this season. Unprecedented three times winner of Children’s Publisher of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016), HarperCollins is one of the leading publishers of children’s books and is recognised for nurturing new talent as well as boasting a reputable list of established best-selling authors. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many children’s classics and to some of the biggest names in children’s literature past and present.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis & Joey Chou
Now available for the first time ever as a board book, this abridged retelling of C. S. Lewis’s classic bestseller has simple text and bright illustrations by Joey Chou. This gentle retelling of the beloved classic brings forth the magic of Narnia to captivate a whole new generation as they take an enchanting journey through the sturdy pages of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe this Christmas. In this beautifully illustrated adaptation, the captivating tale of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy stepping through a wardrobe door and discovering the magical land of Narnia leaps off the pages.
Perfectly crafted for little hands and curious minds, the simplified yet engaging narrative makes it an ideal addition to your child’s first library. This version of C. S. Lewis’s iconic masterpiece, cherished by millions worldwide, is an ideal introduction to Narnia for younger readers and makes the perfect gift for little ones this festive season.
£8.99 (board book) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Paddington’s Suitcase by Michael Bond & R. W. Alley
Dive into the charming world of Paddington Bear with this delightful collection of eight endearing stories, nestled within this special edition Paddington’s Suitcase. Paddington is the much-loved character created by the iconic author Michael Bond – a bear of earnest good intentions who gets drawn into mishap and adventure at every turn. Thankfully his great sense of logic and determination manage to get him out of most scrapes, albeit in perhaps some rather unconventional ways.
Young readers will love finding out what happens when Paddington gets all the wrong kind of attention at the zoo to his imaginative misadventures at home. Each of the eight stories is brimming with Paddington’s wonderfully inventive solutions to the interesting problems that face this bear from Darkest Peru who now lives with the Browns in London.
Within this enchanting suitcase, join Paddington on a whirlwind of escapades – from fairground fun to artistic endeavours and even royal visits. Michael Bond’s timeless tales come to life through endearing narratives, promising laughter and heartwarming moments for both children and adults alike. An ideal gift for the festive season, this treasure trove of Paddington adventures is sure to captivate young readers and Michael Bond enthusiasts.
£14.99 (paperback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Merry Christmas Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
This delightful picture book, first published in 2006, continues to envelop readers in a heartwarming festive tale featuring the all-time classic children’s characters of Lily and her beloved Blue Kangaroo. Emma Chichester Clark’s enchanting narrative follows Lily’s excitement on Christmas Eve and her loving preparations for the holiday. But when Blue Kangaroo realizes he hasn’t a gift for Lily, worry sets in.
Emma Chichester Clark, renowned for her illustrations and classic children’s tales like those of Blue Kangaroo, crafts a beautiful story capturing the essence of giving, friendship, and the festive spirit. The warmth of Lily and Blue Kangaroo’s bond shines through in this charmingly illustrated book, perfect for a magical Christmas storytime.
This captivating picture book is the perfect choice for grown-ups seeking a touching festive tale to share with the little ones during the Christmas period, fostering the joy of giving and the importance of companionship in the hearts of young readers.
£7.99 (paperback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
How the Grinch Lost Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Prepare for a merry dose of festive cheer with the whimsical return of a beloved classic! How the Grinch Lost Christmas marks the triumphant sequel to Dr. Seuss’s iconic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! maintaining the charm that made its predecessor a holiday staple. Adorned with vibrant illustrations reminiscent of the original, this heartwarming tale joins the pantheon of Seussian wonders.
The Grinch, now a Christmas aficionado, faces a quandary with Whoville’s tree contest. As he endeavours to win, mishaps ensue, testing his newfound spirit. Will the Grinch’s efforts culminate in the grandest tree or a return to his old ways? Dr. Seuss weaves a touching narrative, reminding readers of the true essence of the season.
With the spirit of togetherness at its core, this book stands as an ideal Christmas gift for young readers and offers families an opportunity to cherish the magic of the season, creating long-lasting memories with little ones that will be treasured for years to come.
£16.99 (hardback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Not-So-Little Red Riding Hood by Michael Rosen & David Melling
Not-So-Little Red Riding Hood unveils a hilarious twist on the classic tale by the beloved children’s author Michael Rosen and illustrated by the talented David Melling. As Little Red Riding Hood sets off on her pony to visit Granny, she feels braver, especially since she’s not-so-little anymore. But when she hears a mysterious noise in the woods, her courage wavers—could it be the Big Bad Wolf?
As one of the nation’s best-loved writers and creator of contemporary classics like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen crafts a funny and surprising narrative that’ll leave readers in stitches. David Melling’s vibrant illustrations breathe life into this comical reimagination, captivating young audiences with each turn of the page.
For those seeking a fresh and entertaining twist on a classic story, this is an ideal book to buy for young readers this Christmas. It will make a delightful addition to any child’s library, sure to evoke laughter and joy during storytime, making it the perfect tale to share at bedtime.
£12.99 (hardback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Einstein the Penguin: The Case of the Polar Poachers by Iona Rangeley & David Tazzyman
Dive back into the captivating world of Einstein the Penguin in this thrilling tale that’ll captivate the whole family. Imogen, taking a break from penguin pursuits, springs into action as mysterious penguin disappearances grip the wild. With Einstein’s guidance, she and Arthur embark on a detective mission. Perfect for curious minds aged 7 and up, this enchanting series, reminiscent of Paddington, promises intrigue and adventure. The enchanting series has received acclaim, with Book One winning the Spark! Book Award 2022-23 and Book Two being voted one of the 33 Best Books for Children 2022 by The Times. Featuring David Tazzyman’s charming illustrations, The Case of the Polar Poachers is a treasure trove for young sleuths and penguin enthusiasts alike.
£12.99 (hardback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books#
Oscar’s Lion by Adam Baron & Benji Davies
This heartwarming and whimsical tale is written by award-winning author Adam Baron and is brought to life through Benji Davies’s enchanting illustrations. When Oscar finds himself in the care of a lion for the weekend, fear quickly turns to wonder as he indulges in biscuits galore and thrilling adventures. Baron weaves a magical narrative, unfolding a bond between Oscar and his peculiar babysitter, revealing the lion’s transformative abilities that lead to unforgettable escapades. This charming coming-of-age story beautifully explores themes of friendship, imagination, and the bittersweetness of goodbyes.
Adam Baron, known for his acclaimed debut “Boy Underwater,” gifts readers another gem that lingers in the heart long after the final page. Oscar’s Lion is a testament to growing up, growing old, and the extraordinary moments that shape us.
£12.99 (hardback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
My First Draw With Rob: Dinosaurs by Rob Biddulph
This fantastic activity book by acclaimed children’s book creator Rob Biddulph, takes young readers on an artistic adventure to prehistoric times. Bursting with beloved dinosaurs, from the spiky Stegosaurs to the mighty T-Rex, this activity book sparks creativity with simple drawing instructions, colouring, puzzles, and more. Rob Biddulph, the creative genius behind the viral sensation Draw With Rob, crafts engaging and easy-to-follow activities that keep kids entertained for hours. Following the success of his previous books, this one promises a roaring good time! The perforated pages allow kids to display their artistic triumphs proudly.
Grown-ups seeking engaging, educational, and fun-filled activities for children aged 4-7 years should grab this book. It’s the ideal Christmas gift for budding young artists to spark imagination, encourage creativity, and nurture a love for drawing from an early age.
£6.99 (paperback) published by HarperCollins Children’s Books