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TripFiction’s ADVENT CALENDAR for children
1st December 2020
TripFiction’s ADVENT CALENDAR for children.
For the 24 magical days leading up to Christmas, our Kid’s Lit Writer in Residence has chosen 24 beautiful children’s books that will whisk readers of all ages to the furthest corners of the world, on adventures and discoveries beyond your wildest imagination.
Over the coming 24 days we will be posting a new title on this thread each day, so earmark this post and see which is the latest book to appear!
GIVEAWAYS: There will also be some amazing giveaways, so take a peek every day (selected titles only). The giveaways will only be available for a maximum of 36 hours so you will have to be speedy. Again, you must be a member of TripFiction to enter (if you have not already joined us, just go to www.tripfiction.com, scroll down until you find JOIN NOW and away you go!). To enter each giveaway simply leave the name of the title in the comments and the first name out of the hat for each giveaway will be sent a copy! These are all UK only.
DAY 1 – 1st December
With poems from classic, well loved poets as well as innovative and bold modern voices, She Will Soar is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf. From the ancient world right up to the present day, it includes poems on wanderlust, travel, daydreams, flights of fancy, escaping into books, tranquillity, courage, hope and resilience. From frustrated housewives to passionate activists, from servants and suffragettes to some of today’s most gifted writers, here is a bold choir of voices demanding independence and celebrating their hard-won power.
Immerse yourself in poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Christina Rossetti, Stevie Smith, Sarah Crossan, Emily Dickinson, Salena Godden, Mary Jean Chan, Charly Cox, Nikita Gill, Fiona Benson, Hollie McNish and Grace Nichols to name but a few.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of She Will Soar. Enter (by simply by leaving the title of “She Will Soar” in the Comments) by midnight, 2 December. UK only. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Day 2 – 2nd December
The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 immigrant women who have shaped, and will continue to shape, our world.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.
Readers will whip up a plate with Asma Khan, strategize global affairs alongside Madeleine Albright, venture into business with Rihanna, and many more. All of these unique, yet relatable stories are accompanied by gorgeous, full-page, full-color portraits, illustrated by female artists from all over the globe.
Day 3 – 3rd December
Freedom, We Sing by Amyra León, illustrated by Molly Mendoza
I wonder, then, what freedom is.
Is it a place? Is it a thought?
Can it be stolen? Can it be bought?
As powerful as it is beautiful, Freedom, We Sing is a lyrical picture book designed to uplift and inspire millions of young readers around the world. Gorgeous, flowing illustrations let children immerse themselves in Amyra León’s emotive text, as they contemplate big, wonderful questions. Thoughtful and considered, this book is a perfect read for children and parents alike.
ENDORSED BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Day 4 – 4th December
I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast by Michael Holland, illustrated by Philip Giordano
Funny and clever, with illustrations that are a feast for the eye. An instant classic – Sir Tim Smit KBE, co-founder of The Eden Project
Enter the incredible world of plants to learn about the green machines of the natural world. Using just the rays of the sun, trees and flowers help create everything from rubber to honey. Find out the powerful science going on in every leaf, petal and stem with vibrant illustrations that will make you look at plants in a whole new way.
From expert ecologist and educator Michael Holland, this illustrated compendium celebrates the plants in your life, from minty toothpaste to the floral names in your classroom. This comprehensive guide covers everything from the parts of a plant through to conservation, and also features DIY projects for young gardeners. (This book is not included in the giveaway offer).
Day 5 – 5th December
Meet a girl who fights dragons, a brave warrior queen, and a daughter in search of her Samurai father…
This beautifully illustrated collection brings you eight fantastic fairy tales from around the world. Full of wit, charm, compassion and courage, these heroes will inspire and empower a new generation of readers.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 3 copies of Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls from Around the World. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls from Around the World” in the Comments by midnight, 6 December. UK only.
Day 6 – 6th December
Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu
This debut middle-grade novel chronicles the harrowing journey taken by Sami and his family from privilege to poverty, across countries and continents, from a comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler’s den in Turkey, to a prison in Manchester. A story of survival, of family, of bravery … In a world where we are told to see refugees as the ‘other’, this story will remind readers that ‘they’ are also ‘us’.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of “Boy, Everywhere”. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Boy, Everywhere” in the Comments by midnight, 7 December. UK only. (This giveaway is now closed)
Day 7 – 7th December
Mythopedia: An Encyclopedia of Mythical Beasts and Their Magical Tales by Good Wives and Warriors
From the West African fable of Anansi the Spider, to Michabo, the magical hare who rebuilt the world and Tanuki, the sweet but troublesome racoon-dog of Japanese folklore, Mythopedia is an encyclopedia of mythical creatures that covers legends, tales and myths from around the world.
Lovingly created by the illustration duo behind popular flipbook Myth Match, Good Wives and Warriors, this book contains pages upon pages of cultural folklore from around the world.
Let these weird and wonderful creatures spark your child’s imagination for their own storytelling and drawing while teaching them about international cultures.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of Mythopedia: An Encyclopaedia of Mythical Beasts and Their Magical Tales. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Mythopedia: An Encyclopaedia of Mythical Beasts and Their Magical Tales” in the Comments below by midnight, 8 December. UK only. (This giveaway is now closed)
Day 8 – 8th December
Wild Cities by Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Harriet Hobday
Picture a city. What do you see? Traffic and towering buildings? Or maybe you imagine something a little . . . wilder?
These are the astonishing stories of the animals who are adapting to live in our urban world – and how you can help them to thrive.
From the pitter-patter of penguins in Cape Town, to the prowl of a leopard in Mumbai, the splash of a seal in Sydney, cities are home to all sorts of unexpected residents.
Keep your eyes wide open as as we travel the globe discovering wild cities. With magical illustration and beautiful storytelling, these incredible stories will fascinate every reader who has the travel bug, or is an animal fan, or has ever wondered what else exists in our big cities.
Day 9 – 9th December
Gamayun Tales 1 and 2: An Anthology of Modern Russian Folk Tales by Alexander Utkin
Enter a world of magic and adventure in this stunning series based on traditional Russian folklore. Alexander Utkin’s Gamayun Tales are fresh and modern adaptations of familiar Slavic folktales, teamed with bold and beautiful illustrations. Jam-packed with stories of…
(there is NO giveaway associated with these titles)
Day 10 – 10th December
Song Beneath the Tides by Beverley Birch
Ally arrives from England with her brothers to stay for a month in Africa – weeks of running wild on an unspoiled, untamed coast amid mangrove creeks, vast white sandy beaches, coral reefs and warm seas. But on their first walk through the forest to the beach, Ally is swamped by a sense of an unseen presence close to her – of being spoken to. The feeling increases as a local teenager, Leli enthusiastically sweeps her into the world of his village and their offshore island (Kisiri – the place of secrets). It’s the beginning of a friendship that swiftly becomes an intense, overwhelming bond between them.
Kisiri is a place of local legend, protected and feared: village youngsters dare each other to go there. Village elders forbid it. Ally and Leli feel drawn to it, and land on its shores. At once Ally feels again that invisible presence, a whispered voice.
But fear can change things, divide people. The bond between Ally and Leli feels unbreakable. But suddenly everything, everyone, conspires to drive a wedge between them. She is, after all, an outsider – a visitor, no more. Only weeks away, she will leave for England, simply walk away, never to return, how can she possibly share, or help?
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of Song Beneath the Tides. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Song Beneath the Tides” in the Comments below by midnight, 11 December. UK only.
Day 11 – 11th December
North Pole/South Pole: A Flip Book by Michael Bright, illustrated by Nic Jones
Fully-illustrated and with a fun and innovative flip-book format, the book provides the perfect way to explore and compare the extreme environments of the two Poles.
Take a trip to the ends of the earth and discover the extreme environments of the North and South Poles. Find out which animals live where, what the weather and climate is like and the effect global warming is having.
Beginning with the North Pole, the book introduces the geography and climate of the Arctic. Readers will discover how climate change is affecting sea ice and why multi-year ice is so important to walruses and polar bears. Find out what ice floes are and what lives under the ice. The many uses of the Arctic are explained, from the home it provides to whale hunters to the rocket and missile test sites it houses.
And then flip the book over and you arrive in the South Pole… The famous race to reach the Pole in 1911 is retold and readers will discover why the orca is the ultimate polar predator. The huge tabular icebergs, sub-glacial lakes and ice chimneys of the Antarctic are brought to life in all their impressive glory, not to mention the sea spiders, ‘death star’ starfish and other undersea giants!
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of North Pole/South Pole. Enter simply by leaving the title of “North Pole/South Pole” in the Comments below by midnight, 12 December. UK only.
Day 12 – 12th December
Wild is the Wind by Grahame Baker-Smith
Floating across the sky in her hot air balloon, Cassi watches a little swift dive and swoop through the still air. In the rising sun the world seems to be holding its breath. Then a small breeze stirs the leaves in the trees, and as the wind grows bolder, a whiff of danger sends small creatures running for cover. Across the ocean, the wind awakes with a fury, whipping the waves, cresting each one with wild, white horses. And further on, around the still eye of a hurricane, clouds are carved into a great spiral, howling with stormy power . . .
And throughout, the wind in all its guises is witnessed by Cassi’s little swift as it embarks on its mammoth migratory journey, finally coming to nest on the other side of the world. (There is no giveaway today associated with this title).
Day 13 – 13th December
Kaya’s Heart Song by Diwa Tharan Sanders, illustrated by Nerina Canzi
Age range 3 to 9 Let me tell you a secret – if you have a heart song, anything is possible. Even magic! Kaya is looking for her heart song – the song that happy hearts sing. Her search takes her on a journey deep into the jungle where a broken down carousel waits for a very special song to make it turn again… (there is no giveaway associated with this title)
Day 14 – 14th December
Black and British: A short, essential history by David Olusoga
A short, essential introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.
When did Africans first come to Britain?
Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings?
Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution?
These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall right up to the present day.
This children’s version of the bestseller Black and British: A Forgotten History is Illustrated with maps, photos and portraits.
Macmillan Children’s Books will donate 50p from every copy sold to The Black Curriculum.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of Black and British: A short, essential history. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Black and British: A short, essential history” in the Comments below by midnight, 15 December. UK only.
Day 15 – 15th December
Queens: 3,000 Years of the Most Powerful Women by Victoria Crossman
Celebrating strong, brave women across the centuries and around the world, Queens tells their stories of strength and resilience.
Spanning 3,000 years from Cleopatra to the Viking queens, Queen Nanny of Jamaica to HRH Elizabeth II, discover new stories about fierce female monarchs.
Full to the brim with striking, vibrant illustrations and bursting with facts about the queens’ pets, costume, homes, make-up, jewellery, and much much more.
Day 16 – 16th December
Amazing Islands by Sabrina Weiss, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman
Intrepid explorers aged 7-11, get ready to embark on a breath-taking tour of over 100 islands found all around the world!
Discover over 100 of the planet’s most magical islands their wildlife, history, diversity, people, cultures, treasures and more in this beautifully illustrated book. From islands that have been taken over by animals to disappearing islands, islands made of shells, artificial islands and even islands that were once prison colonies, this book takes you on an exciting tour of some of the smallest land masses in the world.
The book also includes a world map, which plots all the islands found in the book, plus fold out flaps with engaging lists of island facts, including the top 10 biggest and 10 smallest inhabited islands in the world.
Join author Sabrina Weiss and Blue Peter Award-winning illustrator Kerry Hyndman in this fact-filled celebration of some of the most Amazing Islands on Earth! (there is no giveaway associated with this title).
Day 17 – 17th December
The Lost Book of Adventure by Unknown Adventurer and Teddy Keen
A facsimile edition of the tattered notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer, this love letter to the wild details everything you need to know about how to live and thrive in nature, from the principles of treehouse building to wilderness first aid.
If you are reading this, it means my notebooks have been found. I am leaving them here at camp for safekeeping along with a few other belongings that I won’t be taking with me. The notebooks are a lifetime’s worth of knowledge, which I’m passing on the you.
So reads an excerpt from the weatherworn letter discovered by nature enthusiast Teddy Keen on a recent trip to the Amazon, along with sketchbooks filled with details of extraordinary adventures and escapades, expedition advice and survival methods, annotated with captivating coloured-pencil drawings. It is thought that the sketchbooks were created for two young relatives of the author. Drawing on Teddy’s knowledge of the outdoors, the pages of the sketchbooks have been carefully transcribed for young readers, as they were originally intended.
You’ll be transported by riveting adventure tales from around the globe, like being dragged off by a hyena in Botswana, surviving a Saharan dust storm, being woken by an intrepid emperor penguin in Antarctica and coming face-to-face with a venomous bushmaster (one of the most dangerous snakes on the planet) – all told in lyrical prose and illustrations that wonder at the mysterious beauty of the wild.
Day 18 – 18th December
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Omar and his brother Hassan, two Somali boys, have spent a long time in the Dadaab refugee camp. Separated from their mother, they are looked after by a friendly stranger. Life in the camp isn’t always easy. The hunger is constant . . . but there’s football to look forward to, and now there’s a chance Omar will get to go to school . . .
With a heart-wrenching fairytale ending, this incredible true story is brought to life by Victoria’s stunning illustrations. This book perfectly depicts life in a refugee camp for 8-12 year olds. (There is no giveaway associated with this title).
Day 19 – 19th December
Coming to England by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Diane Ewen
A story about the triumph of hope, love, and determination, Coming to England is the inspiring true story of Baroness Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords.
Follow ten-year-old Floella as she and her family set sail from the Caribbean to a new life in London. Alone on a huge ship for two weeks, then tumbled into a cold and unfriendly London, coming to England wasn’t at all what Floella had expected . . . What will her new school be like? Will she meet the Queen?
Filled with optimism and joy, yet deeply personal and relevant, young children will follow Floella’s experiences of moving home and making friends. Alongside vibrant illustrations by Diane Ewen, this powerful story shows little people how courage and determination can always overcome adversity.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of Coming to England. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Coming to England” in the Comments below by midnight, 20 December. UK only. (This giveaway is now closed)
Day 20 – 20th December
The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson
Magic awaits, all you have to do is believe…
When thirteen-year-old Olia steps through a magical doorway, she discovers another land. A land tangled by magic, where hope is lost, and a scheming wizard holds all the power.
Soon Olia learns that she is destined to save this land, but with time running out and her new friends and family in danger, she must search for the magic within herself – to save everything and everyone she loves.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 3 copies of The Castle of Tangled Magic. Enter simply by leaving the title of “The Castle of Tangled Magic” in the Comments below by midnight, 21 December. UK only.
Day 21 – 21st December
The Good Bear by Sarah Lean, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
It’s the Christmas holidays and Thea is looking forward to spending them with her father. She can tell him all about her plans to become a writer, and maybe he’ll buy her the typewriter she’s been dreaming of.
But when Thea arrives in Norway, everything feels . . . wrong. Her father is as distant as ever and now she has to share him with his new family: his girlfriend Inge and her children.Then Thea makes a surprising discovery. Deep in the snowy woods by the house, is a bear. He’s scared and hungry and he desperately needs Thea’s help.
When the town hears about a bear living in the woods, Bear’s life is in even greater danger. Thea needs to show everyone that he’s not dangerous – he’s a good bear – if she’s to save him.
Day 22 – 22nd December
You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry
When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, “You’re safe with me.” (There is no giveaway associated with this book)
Day 23 – 23rd December
Meerkat Christmas by Emily Gravett
A Sunday Times Book of the Year.
Sunny wants a white Christmas, with a decorated tree, carols and sprouts for dinner . . . none of which he can see at home in the Kalahari desert. So off he heads to find the perfect Christmas elsewhere, before realizing that maybe Christmas isn’t all about the trimmings.
Emily Gravett’s witty and heartwarming celebration of festive fun and family love shows that Christmas can be whatever you want it to be.
GIVEAWAY: We are offering 1 copy of Meerkat Christmas. Enter simply by leaving the title of “Meerkat Christmas” in the Comments below by midnight, 27 December. UK only.
Day 24 – 24th December
Winter Tales: Folk Stories From Around the World by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk
A treasury of stories celebrating the wonders of winter, and the qualities within that warm our hearts through the long cold. This stunning book brings together a selection of wintery tales from all over the world – from North America to Siberia, Scotland, France, Russia and Norway.
Written by award-winning author Dawn Casey and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Zanna Goldhawk, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come. (There is no giveaway associated with this title).
(Please note that as this is the Christmas period, it may take a little longer to despatch the giveaway books)
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