A beloved growling bear and a snow dragon are set to bring joy to children up and down the land this Christmas.

Sam McBratney, author of the treasured “Guess How Much I Love You”, has written an enchanting new book “The Most-Loved Bear” about best friends Growly Bear and Mary Rose. Illustrations are by Sam Usher. Waterstones describes it as “a warm, nostalgic tale about the enduring love between a child and their very favourite teddy bear – the perfect story for families to share.” 

Abi Elphinstone’s “The Snow Dragon” is also sure to charm, delivered as it is with delightful illustrations by Fiona Woodcock. Waterstones teases the story: “In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?”