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Christmas Reading corner

Books To Give As Gifts This Christmas

My Three and Me love to read. We love getting new books for Christmas so we thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of the books that we think will make a great gift.

Books For Children

Personalised Numbers and Alphabet Books available from Itsyourstory– from £15.00
If you have little ones learning to read or write these beautifully illustrated books would make a lovely gift this Christmas. They are simple but instantly engaging for young children. Both books can be personalised with your child’s name and picture.

  • In the Alphabet book, called From A to Z with Name of Child, your child not only learns how letters sound and look but goes on an adventure – meeting different animals, building an igloo and even riding a rocket to the moon.
  • The Numbers book, From 1 to 10 with Name of Child, invites the child to point to the objects and each number is accompanied by a simple sentence which helps bring the scene to life.

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story is published by Hodder Children’s Books – £14.99
Christmas is a time when families come together. This unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes and stories devised and written by Nadiya herself, brings families into the kitchen to share this special time of year through cooking and stories. Read Nadiya’s version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. The book combines photography of Nadiya and her children with illustrations by Clair Rossiter, this glorious celebration of the joy of sharing food and stories is the perfect Christmas gift.

Tom Gates: Tom Gates and His Fantastic World Boxset available from Scholastic – £19.99
The perfect place to say hello to Tom and his bonkers life. A box set to take pride of place on your bookshelf. Welcome to the brilliant world of Tom Gates. Or rather, welcome to Tom’s battered homework diary, where he writes down all the funny stuff that happens to him. Who is Tom? A naughty schoolkid with a talent for doodling (and for making you laugh till your sides go ouch). He’s a master of excuses, expert doodler and cool rock guitarist. And a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner with millions of loyal fans. Basically, he’s AMAZING. And if his teacher is jealous – SO WHAT?

The Little Boy Who Lost His Name – available from Wonderbly – £16.99
If you’re looking for a unique and personalised gift this Christmas, The Little Boy Who Lost His Name would be a perfect choice. Each name tells a different story based on the letters of the child’s name. For example, a child called Charlie might meet a Chameleon, Hippo, Aardvark, Robot, Lobster, Imp and Elephant. You can choose between three different child characters and you can even choose which animal or character they will come across within the story.

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape by Dermot O’Leary is published by Hodder Children’s Books – £6.99. 

This book would be perfect for reading aloud or read alone, the story features black and white illustrations throughout. With gentle themes of friendship, inclusivity and winning in the face of adversity, this is a hilarious must-read for all animal-loving kids!
Toto the cat and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy-free in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats, but by night, they love to have adventures!
One evening, news reaches Toto that a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo! Together with help from a very posh cat and two hungry tigers, Toto and Silver must investigate. Can they find the giant snake, before it’s too late?

Goodnight Baby Moon is published by DK, ( – £11.99
This beautiful bedtime story gives children a basic introduction to the phases of the moon with an emotional, textual and visual appeal. With easy-to-follow text, simple rhythmic phrases and beautifully designed pages, little ones will want to return to this book again and again. A light up LED moon on the front cover will enchant little ones and enhance the reading experience.

The Slime Book is published by DK, ( – £6.99
With over 30 amazing recipes, The Slime Book will keep youngsters entertained by showing them how to make gloopy, gooey, colourful slime. Full of awesome easy-to-follow slime recipes, all of which use inexpensive, accessible, and safe everyday products, this book will show children how to create Monster Slime with googly eyes and prepare for an eruption with Volcanic Slime!

Books For Adults

Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook is published by DK, ( – £30
A revised and updated edition of Mary’s classic cookbook. The book is packed with over 650 recipes. It would make a great gift and an essential addition to any bookshelf. Inside you will find ideas for soups, poultry, game, pies, desserts, cakes and vegetarian treats. All the recipes featured are suitable for all occasions and can be prepared by cooks of all abilities.

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide by Kayla Itsines – available from Panmacmillan – £18.99

Millions of women follow Kayla Itsines and her Bikini Body Guide 28-minute workouts: energetic, kinetic, high-intensity interval training sessions that help women achieve healthy, strong bodies. Fans not only follow Kayla on Instagram, they pack stadiums for workout sessions with her, they’ve made her Sweat with Kayla app hit the top of the Apple App Store’s health and fitness charts, and they post amazing before and after progress shots. Kayla’s audience is avid and growing, with over 10 million followers worldwide. The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide features:
– 200 recipes such as fresh fruit breakfast platters, smoothie bowls, and salads
– A 4-week workout plan which includes Kayla’s signature 28-minute workouts
– Full-colour food shots and photos featuring Kayla throughout

The Bikini Body Motivation and Habits Guide by Kayla Itsines – available from Panmacmillan – £16.99
Kayla Itsines shows you how to harness the power of motivation and build good habits around health and fitness. Drawing on more than 40,000 survey responses from her global online community, as well as extensive research and her experience as a trainer, Kayla addresses what stops us from following through on our health and fitness goals. Kayla explores how you can overcome obstacles, set goals and stick to a long-term plan for better health. Inside, you’ll find helpful checklists and templates, a 28-day meal plan, more than 200 simple and delicious recipes, shopping lists and a pull-out 28-day workout poster.

Bake by Lorraine Pascal – available from Panmacmillan – £20
This book contains a collection of 125 simple and sophisticated recipes including sweet and savoury bakes that are perfect for an array of tastes and dietary needs. Lorraine’s friendly and thorough guidance makes it easy to master impressive celebration cakes, such as Naked Pecan and Popcorn Layer Cake, Chocolate Layer Cake with Toasted Meringue and Fraisier Cake with Port, Strawberries and Almonds. With modern takes on the classics, like Christmas Cake with Goji Berries & Dates and Gingerbread & Black Treacle Parkin, Bake by Lorraine Pascale is a delicious collection of simple but sophisticated recipes that can take your baking to the next level.

Sugar Slow Cooker Cookbook by Sarah Wilson -available from Panmacmillan – £9.99
Written with all the care and knowledge you have come to expect from the I Quit Sugar team, this is the book that makes sugar-free cooking easier, less expensive and more creative. in this book Sarah shares how to:

  • Minimise waste, save money, use leftovers and buy sustainable cuts of meat
  • Start the day with hearty breakfasts, create simple staples and clever sides
  • Find meals that suit your dietary needs with easy to use icons
  • Slow cook soups and stews, curries and comfort classics (or a little offal for the more adventurous)
  • Sweeten your day with slow-cooked sugar-free cakes and puddings

Cooking for Family & Friends by Joe Wicks – available from Panmacmillan – £20
Joe has helped hundreds of thousands of people to transform their bodies and feel amazing with his effective workouts and simple recipes. All of the recipes in Cooking for Family and Friends are organised into reduced-carb and post workout chapters, just like Joe’s first three Lean in 15 cookbooks. This makes it a brilliant addition for those already familiar with Joe’s eating structure (carbs following workouts or on active days) but the meals are also enjoyable and tasty for all, whether you are following Joe’s plan or not. Recipes include Roast Chicken with Celeriac Mash and Bacon Greens, BBQ Ribs with Dirty Corn, and Tandoori Chicken Thighs with Chapattis.


*We were sent the above products for the purpose of this piece*

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