Library Loot: Adventure, Friendship and Christmas

Library Loot: Adventure, Friendship and Christmas


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Today I made my weekly pilgrimage to my local library to return what I’ve read this week and stock up on new books galore, despite the piles of books I still have to read on my own shelves!

Despite me always saying that I don’t start thinking about Christmas until after my birthday (19th November), I have found it tough to resist getting into the Christmas spirit a bit earlier this year, thanks to a few factors such as the beautiful decorations appearing in shop displays, book bloggers posting about festive reads appearing through their postboxes, thinking about Christmas in school as we start preparing for concerts and knowing that I will have a busy Christmas so the necessity of shopping for others a bit earlier than usual.

With six weeks to go, there are two Christmas trees up on my street already and I am feeling tempted to join them because the fairy lights and sparkly decorations just create such a cosy sensation. This will be our first Christmas in our new house so I’m really looking forward to getting festive!

Here’s what I picked up at my library today – as always a fine mix!


Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart.

Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on.

On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold.

But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it.

Frances Hardinge is an auto-buy, auto-read author for me bcause everything she writes is so wildly different and creative. I can’t wait to get stuck into Deeplight as it sounds incredible!


One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton

It’s Christmas Eve and Theo, left at home with a babysitter, sees an odd-looking star out of his window. He decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc…

This is one that I have been meaning to pick up for a while as I love all of Katherine Rundell’s other books. This looks like perfect, short festive read so I am planning to read it this weekend and share it with my class in the lead-up to Christmas.


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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie and Marisa Morea

The big day has almost arrived and one little puppy is very excited about his first EVER Christmas. But with three drooling Dalmatians, six sausage-snaffling Scotties and every dog in town helping out, the festive season is a shambles! Will everything be ready in time for Christmas Day?

Children will love picking their favourite dogs and spotting the puppy in busy scenes. This hilarious picture book is a great way to introduce children to Christmas traditions.

This is a great book to read with kids in the lead-up to Christmas, as a puppy counts down the days using various dogs involved in festive activities. Perfect for dog-lovers with busy, vibrant illustrations and the cute puppy on every page. As a collie-lover I was particularly happy to see that they are included, ‘herding’ the presents under the Christmas tree!


Penguinaut by Marcie Colleen and Emma Yarlett

Orville lives at the zoo, surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up, until one day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself. Can one tiny penguin get there alone?

Penguinaut is perfect for every child who’s said, “I can do it myself!” and comes to find that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Marcie Colleen’s playful text and Emma Yarlett’s charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

After reading the excellent Dragon Post, I was delighted to spot this book (also illustrated by Emma Yarlett) in my local library. As a bonus, I love penguins and the blurb had me hooked straightaway.
Orville is a very small penguin with very big dreams, but he finds it frustrating that all of his larger friends seem to have larger adventures than him. So, of course, he decides to build his own rocket and blast off into space for the biggest adventure of all!
A lovely book with a quick pace, charming illustrations and great messages about believing in yourself and friendship.


We Are Together by Britta Teckentrup

On our own we’re special, And we can chase our dream. But when we join up, hand in hand, Together we’re a team. Celebrate the power of love and friendship in this beautiful book by award-winning illustrator and author Britta Teckentrup. With vibrant artwork and peek-through pages, this is a picture book to treasure.

I picked this up from my local library because I love Britta Teckentrup’s illustrations and it sounded like this book has such an important message to give to all readers, be they adults of children. As expected, I loved the illustration style and how the cutouts allowed the number of children to increase on each page, creating a visual representation of togetherness. Such a great book to talk about what binds us together and how powerful teamwork can be.

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What did you think of my choices this week?

Did you spot any you might read?


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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


See my previous library loots here:

Mysteries, Paris and Hope

Feminism, Folklore and Body Positivity

Gymnastics, Mermaids and Achieving Your Dreams

Birds, Cages and Secrets

Dragons, Magic and Fairytales

Sequels and Secrets

Outer Space, Winter and Magic

Witches and War

Fantasy, Intrigue and Misunderstandings

Magic, Romance, More Magic

UK YA Bests

Aliens, Fences and Fairies

War, Hope and Storms

Clockwork, Curses and Fossils

Family, Dreams and Secret Agents

Magic, Memory and Climate Change

Independence, Love and Being Different

Society, Magic and Warriors

Dragons, Villains and Lost Property

Quests, Ghosts and Swimming

Invisible Women, Peer Pressure and Folklore

Mysterious Boys, Rain and Wellington Boots

Bravery, Love and Loneliness

Middle Grade Madness

Opposites, Worries and Families

Magic and Spookiness

Hallowe’en Reads

Ghosts, Snow and Adventure


What do you think of the books I have chosen?

Would you like to read any of them?

Are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?

Do you have a library near you?

How often do you borrow books?

Do you ever buy books after having already read them? (I do, all the time!)


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Thanks for reading!

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