Spark a love of reading book list

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It's Christmas time and to celebrate, we asked 12 brilliant authors, poets and illustrators to recommend their favourite children's books in which they felt represented.

The authors suggested the first book where they saw themselves on the page – or learned something about representation. We received some brilliant entries from authors including the Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and the fantastic illustrator and creative Dapo Adeola (who also judged our Christmas card competition!).

Finding characters who look similar, or share similar characteristics or circumstances, can make a difference to how much a child enjoys reading and could transform them into life-long readers. We know that just one book can make the difference.

Please find the book list below, that includes 12 recommendations suitable for children from 0-10+.

We hope you enjoy discovering the new stories!

Happy Christmas!

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