In our December issue
Book of the month | Books for the Christmas season | Top 10 prizewinners for older readers |
New books | Playgroup fun with lovemybooks
December book of the month: Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Shen and Sika meet in the frozen north on the first day of True Winter. Sika needs dogs to pull her sledge and help her win the race to the Snowfather’s Palace at the top of the world. This book is a fantastical snowy adventure story about wishes, kindness, loneliness and loss, beautifully told with humour, detail, and poignant moments through a brilliant combination of words and pictures.

Rachel and her daughter Martha tell us their thoughts on Pugs of the Frozen North and our activity ideas:
‘Martha loved reading Pugs of the Frozen North and she devoured it in one go! We've also read it together with my younger son. It's an enchanting story with beautiful illustrations. We all loved the noodle eating Yetis!’

Martha said 'I loved all the different kinds of snow. I'd like to find 'Anything Snow,' so I could make books. I'd make my own library.'

‘Thank you Lovemybooks for such a fantastic recommendation and such great activities to continue the fun further. You've inspired us to read more books by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and we are just about to start Cakes in Space.’

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See our activities for Pugs of the Frozen North

See our novels for older readers
Special books for Christmas
See a selection of our favourite books for Christmas and the winter season. If you go to the list you can click on the link and buy the book.

The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, Emily Sutton (illus)  
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New: Our top 10 prizewinner books for older readers

Looking for ideas for books to give for Christmas?
See our Top 10+ fabulous prizewinning books for older readers. 
See also our Top 10 prizewinner books for younger children and our Top 10 new picture books 2016.
Lovemybooks at ‘Stay and Play’ 
We went along to Emma and Sere's playgroup in South London

At Emma and Sere's playgroup in Brixton, South London they have been using lovemybooks story play ideas. On the day we visited the focus was on Dear Zoo with children invited to open a surprise present from the zoo before enjoying listening to the story and joining in with lifting the flaps.

Emma told us more:
'We started introducing Lovemybooks activities in 'Little Sparklers Stay and Play’ sessions in September this year. We have always had a story and song time, but now focus on a particular book for two sessions in a row and where possible, link activities and songs to that book. For instance, we had toddlers hunting for Spot around the room before reading 'Where's Spot?' and then sang a peekaboo song about hiding. In our context we have found that 'playing the story' in combination with songs works well at bringing the story to life and helping with language development. '

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