Good old fashioned hardbacks, paperbacks and pop-up picture story books are still a favorite gift for children – so here’s our Top 10 must-buys this Christmas.

Classics dating back to the 1950s and 60s plus books packed with facts are holding their own on the wish lists of young readers over the advent of more modern day tales like Harry Potter and Tracy Beaker

The team at Bargain Books in Northfield Shopping Centre have picked the top titles flying off the shelves right now, despite the rise in popularity of Kindles and other digital reading devices.

Books by established authors are still topping the polls – such as those by Enid Blyton, whose books have been worldwide bestsellers since the 1930s, and Beatrix Potter, who published her first Peter Rabbit tale more than a century ago in 1901. A Ladybird collection of beloved pantomime tales is also proving popular.

Beatrix Potter comes out a credible third in the list, behind only a Dorling Kindersley’s Baby Hide and Seek and Disney’s Wreck it Ralph bumper sized sticker book, Ready Set Wreck, which was number one.

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Santa with Madison Owens (10) from Northfield, reading The Return of the Jabberwock, one of the Top 10 children’s books on sale at Bargain Books in Northfeld Shopping Centre

Ian Newlove, Bargain Books retail operations manager, said: “We might be in the age of smart phones, kindles and tablets but even with today’s modern technology, for readers of all ages there is still nothing quite like the feel of opening a new book.

“Children settling down at bedtime still love to grab hold of their favorite story for a parent to read to them before they go off to sleep.”

Young reader Madison Owens, 10, who was visiting Northfield shopping centre with her grandmother, was delighted to meet Father Christmas when he called into the store to make a note of which books children are most keen to read over Christmas..

Northfield Shopping Centre manager Pete Barber said: “You can’t beat sitting down with your son or daughter to read a book together, and it’s one present that is real value for money as children love to re-read books many times.

“This is a great list that’s been put together by the team at Bargain Books – there’s something for all ages.”



Top 10 Must-buys this Christmas

1 Wreck It Ralph’s Ready Set, Wreck with more than 100 fun stickers and there’s even a special handle with which to carry the giant sized book around. (Disney, £1.99)

2 Baby Hide and Seek easy grip hard back book full of bright colours and pictures. Toddlers enjoy finding where toys are hiding and searching for the peek-a-boo baby. (Dorling Kindersley, £1.99)

The Peter Rabbit Library 10 books based on the original editions of Beatrix Potter books and includes characters like Jemima Puddle Duck, Flopsy Bunny and Tom Kitten. (Warne Frederick , £9.99)

4 Christmas Cot Books a soft fabric book of colourful pictures on one side and an attractive frieze on the other, perfect for babies. (Usborne, £3.99)

5 Enid Blyton’s Amelia Jane Collection featuring Naughty Amelia Jane, Amelia Jane Again and Amelia Jane is Naughty Again. (Dean & Son, £3.99)

6 Ladybird Tales Classic Collection, 10 books each with a different pantomime story. Included are Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood. (Ladybird, £12.99)

7 The Return of the Jabberwock, inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll dreamscape tales, about a young boy who sets off to find the incredible Jabberwock creature. (Top That, 99p)

8 Tutankhamen’s Tomb from the Discoverology series, this offers children an exploration into the mysteries of ancient Egypt, with pop-up sections, 3D journeys and magical tales of the real life Tutankhamen. (Allenu, £3.99)

9 My First Encyclopedia  a chance for young readers to learn about a whole world of amazing facts and figures. (Collins, £2.99)

10 There’s a Wocket in my Pocket a host of crazy characters appear in this Dr Seuss favorite. (HarperCollins, £2.99)


Wreck It Ralph
Wreck It Ralph’s Ready Set, Wreck  (Disney, £1.99)
Tutankhamen’s Tomb from the Discoverology series,(Allenu, £3.99)
Ladybird Classic Tales
Ladybird Tales Classic Collection (Ladybird, £12.99)
Baby Hide and Seek
Baby Hide and Seek (Dorling Kindersley, £1.99)
Enid Blyton'’s Amelia Jane Collection
Enid Blyton’’s Amelia Jane Collection (Dean & Son, £3.99)
Beatrix Potter
The Peter Rabbit Library (Warne Frederick , £9.99)
Cot book
Christmas Cot Books (Usborne, £3.99)
My First Encyclopedia
My First Encyclopedia  (Collins, £2.99)










Return of the Jabberwock
The Return of the Jabberwock (Top That, 99p)
Dr Suess
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket (HarperCollins, £2.99)











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