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We all love the summer holidays… up to a point. Christmas, New Year, the beach and friends and family… Getting out and about is fun, but when we’re at home children are often hooked on devices, and entertaining them can be tough. That’s the time to read. And not only read but nurture a love of reading. Sharing the magic of reading with children is a gift.

Books nurture the imagination. Creating routines and rituals around books will turn even the most reluctant readers into children who love stories. It requires some effort, but it’s also highly rewarding and is one way for parents and grandparents to create profound a connection with the little ones in their life.

Time reading to or with a child is always well spent, but it’s important to also choose the right book. Stories filled with magic and adventure are perfect. They fire up young imaginations which sets the foundation for a lifelong love of books.

We’ve got six special books below, so you can get the most out of your reading experience. These enchanting stories will capture little imaginations and you’ll love reading them too!

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling, ill. by Jim Field

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world's greatest storytellers. Available as a gorgeously gifty hardback, with 9 black and white inside illustrations.

The Boy Who Made Things Up by Margaret Mahy, ill. by Lily Emo

Margaret Mahy's wondrous story The Boy Who Made Things Up is now available as an illustrated picture book. Take a leaf out of Michael and his dad’s walk home, with your own fun-filled adventure.

Wandi by Favel Parrett

This stunning story about a dingo cub who is snatched by an eagle and later found by humans, is bound to become an Australian classic. His destiny is to save alpine dingoes from extinction. Wandi is one of the most wonderful characters your children will meet this year. Let him teach them all about the plight of the dingoes.

Wednesday Weeks series by Denis Knight, Cristy Burne

Wednesday Weeks loves science, not magic… she never wanted to be a sorcerer's apprentice. But she finds herself using her magical heritage to save her grandfather from a goblin king. This new series is funny and seriously smart… perfect for capturing and nurturing young imaginations.

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, ill. by Tom de Freston

Julia is living on a remote island for the summer, while her parents work. But her mother’s search for the elusive Greenland shark ends up being an adventure Julia never expected to find herself on. This is a lyrical story about mothers and daughters, and about the environment.

Nevermoor Books 1-3 Box Set by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow and the magical world of Nevermoor continues to captivate young readers. The first three books in Jessica Townsend's #1 New York Times bestselling NEVERMOOR series is now conveniently boxed in this gorgeous collectible set, making it the perfect gift for any reader.

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